If you know me in any shape or form in real life you know that I am pretty clumsy, a bit uncoordinated and have fallen, on more than one occasion, flat on my face while walking down the street (without wearing high heels #truestory). So as you can imagine, my first time doing yoga was pretty comedic (thankfully, I did it in the privacy of my own home and nobody was there to witness it). I literally stumbled my way through the poses and wondered how anybody could ever move and blissfully hold such difficult poses for soo long. Since then, yoga has become part of my daily routine and I would not have it any other way. I still might not be the most graceful looking yogi, sometimes I still fall out of the poses (or flat on my face), but I always come back to it and can feel myself getting slowly stronger, both physically and mentally, with each yoga session.
And since my very first practice, yoga has played a major role in my my journey towards living a healthy lifestyle, making such a difference to my over well being. I am allover a happier and healthier person when I practice yoga on the regular. Over the past month I participated in the September Yoga Challenge over at Ekhart Yoga. I started practicing yoga awhile back with Esther via her channel on YouTube and quickly fell in love with the patience, kindness and understanding she exudes as as she guides you through each yoga practice.
I wrote a special guest post, “Shaking, sweating healing through yoga“, about my experience doing the September Yoga Challenge over on the Ekhart Yoga Blog! Head over there to read about the role that yoga has played in my my journey towards health and how I came back to my practice with the September Yoga Challenge! 🙂
*All thoughts and opinions here are my own and come from my own personal experiences. I have not been sponsored for this post.
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ACE II says
OMG I love this!!
I bought a yoga video like six months ago thinking I would get back into yoga and it is still in the plastic! ooops! I really need to get back into it too because I could hardly touch my toes today! Maybe we can help to motivate eachother 🙂
Good for you girly!! I love yoga! It’s totes my ‘thing’… although I usually just end up stretching a bunch… it’s so nice! 🙂
Happy to hear you enjoy yoga too Cailee 🙂
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
I totally hear ya on the clumsiness – I am super clumsy too and a scatterbrain as well. Love yoga, it has helped me in so many ways. I usually practice yoga at home and I definitely feel a difference in my mood and my energy on the days I don’t have time to fit in a yoga session. I absolutely loved reading your post on Ekhart Yoga on how much yoga has helped you. So inspiring and beautiful.
Hehe, glad to hear I am not the only clumsy yogi out there 🙂 Happy to hear you love yoga Kelly! Thanks for the kind words!
lori @ TheHealthMinded.com says
I like your perseverance, Ceara! Tumbles and falls and all — you keep going and trying. That is to be admired. And, I can commiserate with you as I regularly trip over thin air, it seems! So good to know yoga can help with balance among many other things.
Thanks for the sweet and encouraging words Lori 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I’ve only done yoga a handful of times, but I love how it makes me feel! And I’m with you on the clumsiness, that should be my middle name! 🙂 I love the post you wrote about while doing the September Yoga Challenge. I’m so glad that it has helped you in many ways. Very inspiring, Ceara!
Thanks for the kind words, Gayle!! Hehe, we should both change our middle names to clumsy then! And all of us clumsy yogis should get together one day for a clumsy yoga class 😉
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
I am so, SO very clumsy too. Yoga has really helped with that though and not only helped my balance, but also my posture and strengthened my core. I am a big yoga fan.
Hehe, happy to hear I am not the only clumsy one around here 🙂 I’ve definitely noticed a big difference in my balance, posture and core too! Yay for yoga!
I miss my yoga practice so much, I used to do Bikram 5 to 6 times a week and felt amazing. When I moved back home I had to give it up as there isn’t a studio her which sucks! I have tried other yoga classes but nothing compares to Bikram for me. That being said I definitely need to add some sort of yoga to my routine as my flexability these days is awful!
I am with you Tamzin! Bikram yoga is soo amazing! I used to love doing Bikram yoga when I lived in Ottawa during my undergrad. They don’t have it here where I moved but I still love going to other classes once in a while! Have you ever tried doing yoga at home? I love doing online yoga classes in my apartment 🙂 Good luck getting back into your practice!