In an ideal world, we would all have the access, time, and money to practice yoga in a studio whenever we want. Unfortunately, that is not the reality. As a teacher, I wish everyone could make it to public classes. It’s incredibly beneficial for the student, but also for the communities, businesses, and teachers. However, your yoga practice does not have to reside within a studio’s walls. I would rather someone do a little yoga than no yoga at all. So instead of giving up because you can’t make it to a studio, I encourage you to try starting a home practice.
My poor skin has been having a moment for a few weeks now. It started with trying a different brand of tea tree oil, of all things, that my skin did not agree with. I broke out on my T-zone – forehead, nose, and chin. My skin type has always been sensitive and dry but since I broke out, I have been an oily mess. I’m not sure if it’s from the tea tree, the change in weather, my body adjusting to coming off hormonal birth control, or all of the above. Either way, I clearly needed to reevaluate my current products.
It took me long enough, but last week I finally went back to Flo2s for an infrared sauna session. I had previously gone for float therapy, which you can read about here. I know a few people that swear by infrared saunas, including my best friend, so I booked my appointment to start off my long weekend. Infrared saunas are different from traditional saunas in that they use infrared light to warm up your body and core temperature directly.
In the US, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, while in the UK, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. For those of you that don’t know, I have anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. While I have not written about it extensively on here, I post updates and struggles on my Instagram and have uploaded a couple of videos to my YouTube channel, including “OCD & Me”. I’m also honest with my students and have used anxiety as a theme for class on multiple occasions.
Imposter syndrome. It doesn’t matter what you’ve accomplished or how qualified you are, you feel incompetent, insecure, and fearful of being exposed as a fraud. Who hasn’t felt this way? I’ve had conversations in yoga trainings, in art school, and with friends over coffee, and at some point, we have all identified as an imposter. I think it’s inevitable to feel that way in any creative or unconventional field. But can we overcome it?
When we think of the shoulders, most people think of the glenohumeral joint – the ball and socket joint where the upper arm bone attaches to the trunk . But did you know that is just one of four joints that make up the shoulder girdle? Let’s take a look at the scapulothoracic joint – where the shoulder blade articulates with the back of the ribs.
Even though I have stepped away from my YouTube channel, I want to carry over one of my video series – Yoga FAQ’s. It can seem intimidating to start yoga but I want you to know it’s not. And once you’ve started, it can feel awkward to ask a question in the middle of class and express that you’re confused. But I’m here to answer any and all of your questions so you can feel comfortable and approach your mat with confidence. Yoga is for everyone.
I won’t lie to you all, last week I was feeling very anxious. My doctor was concerned about my blood test from the week before so I went back in for another round. The longest 36 hours later I got my new results and everything looked better. She just recommended I take a multivitamin – totally doable and a huge relief. However, I’ve been having trouble shaking the residual anxiety and obsessive thoughts. When I get like this, I focus on the simple things that bring me happiness.