As with most things, the more you practice yoga, the better you will become. This can involve changing the way you practice as well as trying new things. If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of your yoga practice without breaking your budget, then this article is just what you need.
Set Clear Goals
It’s easier to achieve your goals when you have a clear idea of what they are. Yoga Journal has some helpful advice for setting your goals and keeping on track. It’s recommended that you stay flexible when setting your goals while aiming for consistency in your practice. It’s best to be realistic in your expectations, so make your goals based on where you actually are in your practice. To help you accomplish your goal, consider installing a few yoga apps on your phone like 5 Minute Yoga or DailyYoga. Many apps are available for free while others may give free access for a set time. Doing yoga with an app can also give you control over how long you stay in a pose, which can help you master it.
Personalize Your Program
It may be tempting to compare yourself with others when practicing yoga, but that does you no favors. In fact, it could just be that you haven’t yet found the right yoga style for you. According to Best Health, hatha yoga styles work well for persons who want a program built around slow movement, while vinyasa yoga can have more movement involved. On top of that, you have to bear in mind that each individual has their own physical capabilities, so making comparisons is unfair to you and distracts you from your goals. When creating your own programs for at-home practice, you should make sure to include poses that you’re currently comfortable with. From there, you can add more challenging poses that will take your practice to the next level. You should be sure to plan a balanced practice and mix things up occasionally so your personal program doesn’t become boring.
Try New Things with Props
While doing similar poses consistently can turn you into a pro for those particular poses, it might not have much of an effect on improving your overall practice. According to The Journey Junkie, some of the poses that can help to break you out of your rut include warrior three, revolved triangle and shoulder stand. Depending on where you are in your practice, a few of these poses may seem intimidating, but props like yoga blocks and straps can help. Since you’re on a budget, you can get great deals on gently used yoga aids when you shop on sites like eBay. You can save money at eBay on your purchases by setting up deal alerts and obtaining coupons on a website like Rakuten.
Focus on the Meditative Side
When you think about yoga, it’s tempting to only pay attention to the active movements. However, there are some definite benefits to improving your meditation skills as well. For instance, meditation can improve your self-awareness and your attention span. Both of these can be very handy in boosting your yoga practice. If you’re having trouble meditating, then there are some relatively simple steps to follow. You need to get comfortable, close your eyes and focus on your breath or a mantra. While it’s normal for our brain to wander, bringing the focus back to your breathing or mantra will help to keep things under control.
Boosting your yoga practice may require some work, but fortunately, it doesn’t require that much money. In order to get on the right path, make sure you set goals that are in line with your current capabilities and practice at home consistently. You should also look for ways to challenge yourself, but try not to get too carried away in order to stay safe during your practice.
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The title hooked you, didn’t it? Take note that I did not say, “and have it all at the same time.” So, just simply remove that notion from your mind, effective immediately, LOL. All jokes aside, I wanted to write a blog post about how using certain habits and having a specific mindset have helped me to take full control over money, allowing me to enjoy the things in life I have always wanted. The gist is that you can have everything you want, but there are no shortcuts or quick fixes. And to be honest, 90% of it is really changing your perspective on the way you spend and save money (I will delve more into that in a separate blog post). Cue the song, Money Good by Megan Thee Stallion.read more
I want to share a few of my favorite things as of late. And maybe I should start sharing this more often. Since it’s my first time doing this, it is quite an exhaustive list. It ranges from hair and beauty to fashion and everything in between. Enjoy and feel free to comment. Hopefully, you see something you want to check out.
I also need to do a quick write up on our Park City experience during the holidays. I am so geeked to visit again next year. Park City is such an amazing little town with excellent food and activity. And I cannot wait to share with you all.
Oversized button ups are a thing for me. I first fell in love with an old Ann Taylor one I had for years that I, unfortunately, had to get rid of because it was too worn out. Then, Aritzia had a sale and I stumbled upon these two babies. The quality is THE BEST. I believe this is a chic staple everyone should have in their wardrobe. You can wear them so many different ways. I cannot live without at least one.
My hubby surprised me with these for Christmas, and I died. I was totally not expecting such an incredible shoe. Between these and the red booties, they have been the only shoes I’ve worn for the last two months. And I love that I don’t see a lot of people wearing them.
Can Dermalogica make anything I don’t like? I mean, really. Almost my entire skincare regimen is Dermalogica, and adding this wonderful oil has helped so much with dehydrated skin. I tried this before as I got it free through work. And then I just didn’t buy it again. Why? I have no idea. It’s expensive as hell but worth it. It’s lightweight and great for your skin. I use it at night and during the day by mixing it with my tinted moisturizer in the mornings, and it gives me that perfect healthy glow without doing too much and looking greasy.read more
Yesterday, I got an email reminder from The Knot that my wedding is 74 days away, and immediately text my best friend with those exact words. To which she responded, “Lord Jesus.” And by the time this blog is posted it will be less than 60 days away. I can’t believe how quickly the day is approaching, and I could not be more excited! So, I wanted to share my pre-wedding self-care and wellness preparation that I have put into practice since February, in hopes that it will help other brides-to-be. Check out my skincare, meal planning and exercise regimens below, that are leading me to the path of flawlessness for the day I say, “I do” to mi amor.
The Skin You’re In Is IN
I have always put skincare first (over makeup) because my goal is to be able go without makeup for the days I simply don’t feel like wearing it and being confident in that. The queens in my family were huge examples of self-care for me, so I was into taking care of my skin at a young age. And prior to prepping for the wedding, here was the regimen:
Cleansing: Daily Microfoliant (every other day), oil cleanse and Special Cleansing Gel
Toning: Dermalogica Age Smart toner
Moisturizing: Active Moist (using this since my early 20s), Skin Tint, and a mask here and there
Leading up to 30, I started to notice that my face felt a bit tight during the day, but didn’t think anything of it because I thought I was doing all the right things. I mean that’s already a lot freaking steps, right!?
But one day, the wonderful Rachael from Kiehl’s reached out to me to see if I wanted to experience the new Apothecary Preparationswhere they create personalized serums for you. Of course, I was game. Once I took it home, I was excited but very hesitant because it has oil in it (I tend to be oily in my t-zone), but I still tried it. And the more I used it, the more I fell in love and my skin never look better. And it clicked! I needed more hydration. At that point, two things were added to my regimen – I started using the Pixi Glow Tonic, which has 5% Glycolic Acid and the Kiehl’s serum. And it seemed like overnight I had the best skin I have had in years. The moral of the story: hydrate and exfoliate like crazy, months leading up to the big day.
Planning a wedding has not been the most fun experience for me. I do not like planning events. Never have. Even when I was in public relations, I always steered clear of event planning. It’s not my thing, and I hate all the little details you have to account for. I am always hitting severe levels of anxiety, hoping I’m not leaving out a small detail that can cause a big problem, and planning a wedding is no exception. But, with the help of my lovely wedding coordinator, Maricela at Alicia C. Creative, most of the stress has been taken away. Phew. There are of course, many positives and some things I love about the wedding planning process. For one, all of the yummy tastings. Adil and I were able to take home leftovers from one place…I mean..it’s seriously the best. Secondly, buying my beautiful gown at Nicole Miller. AND lastly, going HAM on Etsy. I freaking love Etsy. I have been able to find all of my wedding extras at a handful of awesome, California-based Etsy shops, that I highly recommend for your nuptials. For all my Cali brides, here is a round-up of a few of my faves.read more
….and not the fun kind, although finding planter pots can be very enjoyable as well. Ha! And this is probably the only kind of shopping I should be doing, as I have put myself on a tight budget to pay off student loan debt. (more on that in a future post!) I digress. Back to plants. So, our apartment has really come together and it looks exactly the way I want. We are doing are best to keep it minimal and to not have so much stuff. I will share about our living room decor in a separate blog post. But right now we are at the point of adding more plants to our home. We bought a big, beautiful, house plant from the nursery on Fairfax and Willoughby, if you are in the LA area. They have affordable prices and really gorgeous, healthy plants.
Now that we’ve bought our big one, I need to take better care of my little babies, and get a few new planters. Here are some inexpensive ones that I am currently digging, for my succulent and my Elephant Foot:read more