I could say that I had fallen into yoga accidentally when more than one year ago I was offered a trial class. And now, for almost 3 weeks I have been practicing yoga regularly in my daily life.
For me, yoga is not a physical performance, it is rather a journey towards personal well-being. I will say that I allow myself to tame my body until I will be able to control it better. Once my mind is ready then I can challenge myself but not to the point of making it an obsession.
I know I am improving, making progress every day without aiming for performance as I deeply know it will discourage me. And frankly, I have really noticed some real improvements. I can measure my own progress and self-growth through those weeks of yoga practice.
I used to struggle against myself on the mat, but now I have learned to better release the tensions in my body thanks to my breathing. And even if flexibility is not an end in itself today I’m happy to say that I am quite proud of myself.
Breathing also helped deal better with stress and anxious feelings. Yoga has become more than a physical practice, it is a real state of mind for me .
Now when I look back at my first yoga class, I truly believe that everything happens for a (good) reason and it happens when it is supposed to.
After a long day at the sports camp, my son came back home tired and very nervous. He found me practicing Surya Namaskar and he started asking me a lot of questions such as what I was doing and why I was saying those funny names while doing yoga. I thought it was an opportunity that I should take to share this moment with him.
I took my laptop and showed him the different sequences of Surya Namaskar and then I read the legend of Surya Namaskar to him. As he was even more curious and asking me questions I suggested we do a kind of yoga game together. He immediately agreed with a big smile. It will also be a good way for him to relax and release the tensions that he accumulated during the day.
I put on some relaxing music to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere, and then we started selecting postures whose evocative names amused him to organize our fun yoga session.
My son loves animals so we first focused on a fun exercise of discovering poses with animal names. Poses such as cat, cow, dolphin, turtle, crocodile, cobra, butterfly, frog, rabbit, fish, horse and so on … it was a memorable moment of laughter.
Before starting the session, I showed him how to become aware of his breathing by asking him to fill his lungs breathing in the nose and then exhaling out the mouth making a hhhhhaaa sound (so he could let all the tension out of his little body). We did it together and repeated the same exercise 3 times. Then we did a few slow calming breaths in and out the nose. He was doing the movement so naturally and he seemed to enjoy it.
Once the poses have been selected, I added a mat on the floor so that he too can have his own space. Sometimes he was following the ‘’instructions’’ and copying me, sometimes he was doing a complete different pose out of his imagination and imitating the sound of the animal. I let him be creative as the purpose of the moment was not to be aligned with the pose but to have a yoga session where he could explore, play, and we could laugh together. Such a great experience, a pure moment of love and complicity.
Yoga can bring a lot of joy especially if you don’t take yourself too seriously. How nice it is sometimes to just step on your mat and have fun and how good it fells to multiply the fun by sharing it with someone you love.
The first time I went to a yoga studio, I was mainly in a search of a well-being. Quite quickly, I found out that the more I was doing yoga the more I was becoming aware of my body. Very quickly my mind followed, yoga allowed me to feel better in my body but also in my mind, it was like I was also breathing from my mind.This calm, this piece of mind yoga was giving me at that moment was exactly was I was looking for. I decided to practice yoga more regularly.
When my body was in motion, I was focusing more on the present, forgetting about my stressful life, my stressful job. My mind was completely connected to my body finding a balance as I was breathing and getting into the postures, one after the other, forgetting about the past and the future just to cease and enjoy that moment, my moment on the mat.
The more I was progressing on the mat, the less stressful I was feeling, I could really say that the level of stress I had in me dropped considerably. I was feeling so good, much more calm, more energized, yoga was helping me feel stronger in my positiveness. All the benefits that my body was getting through the physical practices were leading to some benefits on my mind and obviously yoga gave me back a better quality of life. From that moment I knew it will be a long life journey, a continuous learning and an infinite discovery and I am happy to say that I am just at the beginning of it.
Every day I am so excited to learn, to practice, to practice more, to find the beautiful strength I can have in me and to be more confident on the mat. I am not looking for perfection and I don’t want to go over my limits. I just want to take it step by step, at my pace. In my opinion, I don’t think you should force yourself, yoga can become a constraint and not to mention the risk of injury especially for those who do not have regular physical activity. The best way to do yoga for me is to always find peace and happiness when you are on your mat!
There are so many types of fruit in the world and since we moved to Singapore we have discovered some fruits we had never seen or eaten before. My son is a little fussy with fruits , funny enough banana is one of his favorite fruits. He eats banana everyday especially at breakfast.
I often buy bananas in bulk because I know they will anyway, either be eaten as a fruit or used in a recipe we like. And if we ever have too many bananas we just peel and freeze them in zip-loc bags. Then we take one or two out as needed.
As my son loves banana as much as he loves ice-cream there is this healthy recipe we do quite a lot especially on hot days which is Banana cinnamon Ice Cream.
I am always happy to treat my son with one of his favorite ice cream, above all this recipe can be made at home both quickly and easily. My son is always keen to participate.
Ingredients for 2 people, max 3
• 2 or 3 peeled frozen bananas
• 200 ml of almond milk
• 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon ground
Preparation of this healthy recipe :
1. Chop two or 3 frozen bananas into thirds and add to a blender with the other ingredients.
2. Starting on low speed, blend the mixture until it is smooth and creamy. Taste to determine if you want/need to add more of any add ins and blend again for few seconds.
3. Eat right away if you cannot wait (like my son) or put it in the freezer for later.
A delicious and easy to make recipe, very refreshing, a nice way to beat the heat. You will feel hydrated and nourished.
You can also experiment this ice cream with adding in other ingredients like a tablespoon of honey, some blueberries/raspberries or my French version of it …with Nutella.
This Banana ice-cream is much healthier than commercial ice-creams, no additives, no artificial flavors. Bananas are fat-free and cholesterol-free, they are one of the best foods that help with digestion because the carbohydrates they contain are easily broken down. This yummy treat is perfect for your mood and for the entire family.
Bananas are generally considered healthy for most of people. They are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various antioxidants.
Eating bananas have numerous benefits so don’t forget to grab one and put it in your bag for your post-yoga snack.