Relaxation, happiness, peace of mind are what we all strive for, but unfortunately they can be very elusive with the stress of everyday life staring you in the face, and oftentimes very difficult to maintain. Building a practice to find these states of mind and relying on it multiple times a week is the best way to feel great and to consistently feel great. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a silver bullet or magic potion that cures all ailments, but having a routine that grounds you and reconnects you to yourself, and the world around you is one of the most valuable tools to find the lifestyle you are looking for.
There are a ton of methods to achieve this. There is exercise and stretching, meditation and yoga, music, painting, walks in nature, or you name it… Try out a few of them and see which one is best for you in your life right now, and take note of how it benefits your mentality.
Yoga sprouted up in India about 5,000 years ago (maybe even 10,000) and was used to promote physical and mental health, and also as a spiritual practice. Some of the most popular forms of yoga today are Vinyasa, Hatha, Bikram and Kundalini.
Vinyasa is usually the type of yoga you see all over youtube and social media — it flows rather quickly and all of the poses blend together in a steady stream of movement.
Hatha is a slower form of yoga and poses are held much longer so you can really sink into them. It is great to really feel stillness in a pose and also really great for stretching deep into a muscle.
Bikram yoga or “hot yoga” is essentially yoga done in a high heat room. Many people swear by it and say they feel absolutely amazing after their class has concluded.
Kundalinii yoga is less movement than many other types of yoga and is more focused on meditation. In Kundalini philosophy it is believed that there is a powerful source of untapped potential or “life force” living dormant in the base of the spine. The goal of Kundalini is to awaken this life force and feel it ride up the spine and to the heart and head. It takes a lot of practice but many people swear by the huge beneficial effects they see in their life because of it.
So try a few of these styles out and see which one best fits your life right now. As you become more familiar with each of them it is beneficial to choose the one that is best for you on any specific day — changing it up depending on what your needs for that day may be.
If you have been doing yoga for a long time, then maybe yoga challenge poses are for you. Check out the challenge pose section of yogajournal for some tips on how to start practicing, and working your way to mastering an advanced pose.
Or maybe it is not just you who is looking for a routine, but also someone close to you. Well… It is great to do yoga with the people closest to you. There are a ton of yoga poses for 2, or even yoga poses for 3.
Ever heard of acroyoga? It is with a partner, and it is exactly what it sounds like… acrobatic yoga. It is a great bonding experience, is great exercise and is simply a ton of fun! There are so many poses to practice with such a wide array of difficulty. There is so much to learn and when you get hooked you will not want to stop.
All of this being said, setting the scene before you start a routine can make it a more enjoyable experience. If you are near nature, then go out in the sun! But if you are confined to the indoors, then there are still a number of ways to make the most of it. Aromatherapy is a great. It aids in finding a calm state of mind or it can even pleasantly perk you up depending on which kind of oil you use.
There are also a ton of great stress relief supplements out there that can help to sink deeper into a practice. Check out our Organic Ashwagandha if you are interested. It is one of our favorites!