How New Yogis Can Embrace National Yoga Month

I’m not a yogi.  Or so I told myself for years.  I actually had practiced yoga on and off but was limited to when I was pregnant with my two daughters.  Toward the middle to end of the pregnancies, I scaled back my strength training a bit (due to being high risk) and started incorporating yoga instead.  

In an effort to “bounce back” from each of my pregnancies, I went back to strength training and running as soon as I was cleared to do so by the doctor.  Since then, I can count the number of times I’ve done yoga on one hand. As strong and as fit as I am, yoga just seemed like something that wasn’t “me”.   Sure, I have my clients cool down and stretch out with some traditional yoga poses but nothing more complicated that a pigeon pose. 

Then,  I attended the Ragnar Ambassador Summit this past August and my entire thought process changed.  My roommate happened to be a yoga instructor and also happened to be putting on a yoga class one of the mornings.  Being a supportive roomie, I chose to attend and let me tell you, it was amazing. 

Not only is she a fabulous instructor (which makes a huge difference) but I also found myself in yoga poses I would have never thought possible.  I swear I was this close to doing a crow pose.  The entire experience piqued my curiosity and left me wanting to actually practice yoga – which is perfect because September just so happens to be National Yoga Month!  

If, like me, you also happen to be new to yoga, here are a few ways you can use this month to embrace your inner yogi.

How new yogis can embrace National Yoga Month!

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Give Kombucha a try.

If you really want to embrace the yoga lifestyle then giving kombucha a try is a must. I am sort of  being silly when I say that but there is a reason that drinking kombucha is so popular – the fermented drink is full of belly friendly probiotics and has energizing effects.

Kevita Master Brew  in particular makes a kombucha tea culture with live probiotics, organic acids, organic caffeine and is non-alcoholic.  It comes in several different flavor: Blueberry Basil, Ginger, Pineapple Peach, Lavender Melon, Mango Habanero, Dragonfruit Lemongrass, Citrus, Tart Cherry, Raspberry Lemon, Roots Beer and Blueberry Basil.

Respect your body.

Embracing your inner yogi is always about respecting what you put in AND on your body.  Using natural sweeteners in your coffee or tea like the new Organic Stevia In The Raw which is also vegan certified, naturally gluten free and non-GMO.  

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Reply September 13, 2017

Oh my goodness I love this so much. In a world where sometimes aeasoned yogis can accidentally make it seem as though the newbies are less than – – it's perfection

angela @ happy fit mama
Reply September 13, 2017

The tagline for my yoga studio is - if you are breathing, you are a yogi. And you are absolutely right - the right teacher makes a world of difference.

Reply September 13, 2017

I'm so glad you're doing yoga! Now that you're starting, I've stopped. Haha. What timing!

Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
Reply September 13, 2017

I didn't know it was national yoga month! I do yoga all the time, but I"ll have to embrace this holiday!

Kimberly Hatting
Reply September 13, 2017

Yoga is so much harder than I thought it would be. It's not just about stretching and contorting oneself, but building muscular strength. I still have a tough time staying focused when I'm in a class, though...

Reply September 13, 2017

I've tried yoga in the past but can't seem to stick with it. Being national yoga month, maybe I should give it another try!

Susie @ Suzlyfe
Reply September 13, 2017

I got through multi year phases with yoga--practice diligently for 5 years, take a few off, repeat. Right now I'm in the off phase (that broken back did me in because I couldn't do lunges). But I have a feeling that postpartum I will NEED it!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply September 13, 2017

Yay for national yoga month. I JUST tried my elbow in a mini downward dog(dog said I could try!) and it was ok... although I think it's going to be a little while longer before I feel brave enough to go back to class!

Reply September 13, 2017

I am always at my strongest and best balanced when I'm consistent with my yoga practice (which I haven't been lately). The instructors at my studio are amazing too, but yoga always seems to be the first thing I let go when things get crazy. Yes, I know it should be the one thing I hold onto since it would help reduce the craziness!
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Reply September 13, 2017

I am never good about sticking to yoga, but downward dog is my go-to stretch. It helps my tight calves everytime!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply September 13, 2017

Nicely done! I am also enjoying this babble box
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Kim G
Reply September 13, 2017

I had no clue that it was National Yoga Month! I wonder if there is a National Running Month?!

Yoga and I are frenemies, lol. I know I need to do it more but I really don't like it that much!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply September 13, 2017

I go in and out of yoga phases, but I always feel great when I'm doing it. I also still haven't tried Kombucha. What's wrong with me? I'm a food blogger?!

Reply September 13, 2017

I feel so much better when I'm practicing yoga regularly. The older I get the more I realize how necessary it is. Because honestly, I'm terrible at stretching on my own!

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