How To Be More Creative In Exercise

Exercise can after some time get monotonous and not as exciting as in the start. Often this makes people unmotivated, and they start feeling like they’ve hit their plateau. If you are at this place, it would be of great help to try some different things and approaches to your exercise routine. Since you already have some experience and knowledge, now it is a great time to add a bit more creativity to the practice, to make it more personal and fit to your current body state. It will most likely also break your mental barriers and activate the muscles in the way you possibly never did before. So, jump in your workout clothes and for a start try some of these methods to make your exercises something you look forward to doing again.

Learn From Animals

Human bodies are capable of moving and working in more ways than any other creature on earth. As a result, we are able to copy the movements of animals. Animals have been an inspiration for training for thousands of years, which can be seen in ancient practices such as martial arts and yoga. Kung fu, for example, has many styles created directly from observing and imitation of certain animals. These styles are known to be very successful in real fights, also making the practitioners strong, flexible and skilled in their movements. Yoga, on the other hand, has numerous postures named and influenced by bodies and stances of different creatures. 

You can inspire yourself with those and try to make some exercises yourself. Regardless of your usual practice, this is an excellent way of exploring what your body is capable of doing while also having fun. See how the animals move in nature and try to copy the movement to engage both your body and mind. It can be a bit hard at first since we are used to being told how to move and practice. But it will remind us to play again. Also getting out of our comfort zone this way will help us to open our mind to new ideas even outside of the training room. Animal movements are a great approach to exercise even in modern times since they are known to develop our strength and flexibility in the most natural way.

Music

Music is commonly acting just as a background in exercise and is directly used mostly in dance practice. But you can try to work along with the rhythm in any exercise. It can be used for more flow in yoga, or to control the number and speed of repetitions in strength training. Working along with music is another way to get off your usual workout schedule creating more space for creative and dynamic practice. 

Make Use Of Props

Many training styles, such as dance, Pilates and yoga make use of different props for the practice. You don’t have to use one of the already known ones, take anything you can find around the house to play with. Books, chairs or a broom can all become a useful workout prop. Experiment and see how you can use it. Take this practice outside, too. You can use walls, benches, and ramps in many different ways. If you can’t think of anything to do outside, you can find your inspiration in practices such as parkour, freerunning and street workout.

These are just some of the possible ways you can boost your practice as you develop your creativity. Feel free to explore and do anything that makes you feel happy and fulfilled. 

How to Fly a Crow

Yoga arm balances are very fun, yet challenging. It’s always enough room for constant progress. Once you master an arm balance, there’s a whole new level where you can practice, challenge yourself and play, and these things happen alongside your journey towards unmasking your true Self. 

In practicing Yoga arm balances, you do not only develop your body strength and sense of balance, but you also allow the practice of opening up to your vulnerabilities and develop them as strengths, not weaknesses. The pose promotes faith, both in practice and within oneself. These arm balances are also a very creative way to express yourself and allow your thought to manifest in the form of body control physically. 

Level Up The Basics

A Flying Crow is a progression from a Crow Pose. Before jumping into Flying Crow, make sure you have mastered the basic foundation of arm balances, that is a Crow Pose.

Crow Pose/ Bakasana: This basic arm balance is the best way to build the strength that your arms need to support your body weight. It’s also a very efficient pose to help you find your center of gravity. Mastering the Crow Pose opens up the gate to a wide range of arm balances you can learn in no time, by merely familiarizing your body to its point of balance. 

  • How: Begin by sitting in a squat position. Then, plant your hands on the ground shoulder-width apart, allowing your knees to rest on your triceps. Round your back while sucking your belly in. Inhale, and lift your hips while sending your weight forward, as your triceps hold your weight. Keep sending your weight forward while pressing away from the floor until both of your feet are lifted. Work on holding this pose for 30 seconds, then master it by holding the pose for a minute.

Flying Crow: Once you’ve mastered your Crow Pose, learning a Flying Crow won’t take a long time. Though at the beginning you may find that one side is easier to do than the other, practicing this arm balance on both sides is a must to ensure equal strength on both arms. 

  • How: Flow into your Crow Pose. Then slowly shift all your weight to your right arm. An efficient way to broaden your balancing area is to spread your fingers wide. When all your weight is placed on your right, tuck your left leg to your chest and hold the position for three breaths to allow your body to remember the movement. Keep in mind to always push away from the ground. Do the same technique on the other side. Once you get comfortable tucking your leg, extend it back and up in the air and point your toes to make sure your muscles are all engaged. Now you’re a Flying Crow! Stay in this position for five breaths and feel the strength and balance while flying.

Take Your Flying Suit

Arm balances are not easy. They require passion, faith, and consistency. Fitting in some leggings that can keep up with your discipline demands is important. Here’s a pair of high-waisted leggings that you’ll definitely adore for their functionality, durability, and comfort.

LNDR Eight Eight High Waist Leggings. These compression pants’ stretch-knit are uniquely designed to wick moisture, being crafted with antibacterial yarn. Their compression zones are placed in the upper leg and thighs to ensure better flow of blood. These workout leggings are very comfortable Yoga pants for women with their breathable, transparent panels running across the calves and knees. 

Be patient with yourself. You may not get the pose on the first try, but with regular practice nothing is impossible. There is always room for improvement. Absorb the realizations that come your way and make sure to enjoy your learning journey!

Sole Searching: How & Why to Start Showing Your Feet Some Love

 

Reflect on the past 24 hours of your life. Where did you go? What did you do? Now, realize that your feet took you everywhere you needed to be, not only quietly accompanying you on the journey, but literally supporting you through all those moments. Often overlooked on the list of things we’re thankful for, if you think just how much use and abuse our feet endure, it’s truly incredible. Much of yoga is about awareness, so let’s give some attention to an under appreciated part of our bodies – our feet.

 

 

A lot weighs on our feet, both literally and metaphorically. Most obviously, the feet play a critical role in movement and mobility. However, they support more than just our bodies, especially when assisting others or carrying items. In addition to helping us get around, the simple support of our feet can have a huge impact on the rest of our body alignment.

 

When an injury or discomfort of the foot causes us to compensate by adjusting our gait, body weight can quickly become distributed in an unhealthy manner. For example, simply walking on the inside of the foot to avoid a blister on the outer edge can cause stress to the ankle and place the knee joint in a dangerous position that can cause a greater injury over time.

 

 

Attentive foot care is important for everyone, and it can particularly benefit yogis in balance poses, general body alignment, and overall body awareness. Here are a few ways to show kindness to your feet:

 

If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t, don’t. Society has erroneously trained us into believing that smaller feet on women are more beautiful, and bigger feet on men are more desirable. Often, this translates into women squeezing into a half-size smaller than they would naturally wear, and men ordering a size up to make their shoe size seem larger. This can cause serious discomfort and damage to your feet.

 

Shoes that are too small can scrunch toes into uncomfortable positions, making them unable to properly distribute body weight or maintain balance. Shoes that are too small can form gaps that result in abnormal rubbing and blisters. Honor your body by wearing your appropriate size.

 

 

Nail care. While some delight in regular pedicures, others cringe at the thought of taking time out of the day to trim toenails. Moderation is key when it comes to nail care. Excessive trimming can cause ingrown nails to form, while negligence can result in bacteria buildup.

 

Go bare every now and then. Weather permitting, it is super beneficial to air your feet out every now and then and wear sandals instead of shoes. Being constricted in socks and shoes all day can cause bacteria to grow. Similarly, give your toenails a break from nail polish every now and then to allow the nail to breathe in oxygen. You’ll notice that the clarity of the nail will improve.

 

Show your feet some love today and every day of your yoga journey to a harmonious mind, body, and spirit.