How many people do you need to impact by your actions for your efforts to be worthwhile? A hundred? Twenty? A dozen? Maybe one?
For me, the answer is simple. If I bring about change and inspiration to at least one person’s life as direct result of how I live mine, that is enough to make my efforts worthwhile. This does not diminish my aspiration in impacting a dozen or a few hundred someday but it takes the impact on one person to make my deeds worthwhile. And would you not believe it, I draw renewed encouragement from that single person to continue down my chosen path. If I can impact one person positively, imagine how much more can I do? Thus the happy cycle continues.
Theme of the Yoga Flow Series #6: To escape the tapping at the keyboard for a few minutes and to tap instead into the energy and balance in our body!
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So today, to the one person who watches and enjoys my yoga flow series more than I can fathom but less than I can appreciate in words, thank you for being my inspiration in creating more videos which in turn may inspire others to be curious about yoga, try yoga, do yoga and quite naturally, fall in love with yoga and their own bodies in this beautiful process.
The 3 Lessons from Yoga Flow Series #6:
1. Imperative to stretch when doing intense cardio
My cycling passion has yet to subside. It has turned into more of a border-line addiction. As of this writing, 35 fabulous spinning classes later, I will give you one piece of advice: Stretch your hamstrings and your hips twice as often if not more when you are committed to an intense cardio program. This is a concept I could hardly appreciate in my 20s but can fully grasp now: Cardio makes your muscles tighter and your body less flexible. If these muscles are not regularly – at least twice a day – stretched well, they become prone to injury. Stretch often and hold the poses with long deep breathing!
2. Engaging the mind while stretching
Generally, multi-tasking is over-rated and highly unproductive. However, if it makes or breaks a stretching routine consisting of even a few minutes a day, then I tend to give in. I love to engage my mind when sitting into a long stretch. If I am not going through a yoga flow or in a meditative state, I simply grab my light-as-a-feather Kindle (or a book – I still have a few of those!) and relax into a stretch for several minutes.
3. Importance of taking a mid-day break
Tapping away at keyboards all day long and doing the wonderful work that we do does not come without a sacrifice. Remember the importance of taking breaks both for the mind and for the body. I exercise, make tea, stretch, read, go out in the sun, spend time with my plants and maybe spruce up the kitchen before the chef gets home. Whatever you do, take frequent breaks and come back re-energized for the next phase of your work.
Penny for your Thoughts:
Can you imagine the relief and happiness of the muscles if you take a break from tapping at that keyboard and tap into your energy and find balance in your body if only a few minutes. It does not even have to be yoga. You can call it a stretch, Martial arts or any name you please so long as you take good care of that body. Share your thoughts, whatever they may be, and especially give me feedback on the video please!