When the weather turns cool, I crave hot yoga. When my mind is racing 1,000 miles a minute, I crave hot yoga.
Both of those were true early yesterday morning. So guess where I ended up?
I originally planned to hit the gym and run on the treadmill. I’m happy to say that my running is improving and I don’t dread it as much as I used to. But, I’m not at the point with running where I can “zone out.” If I want to zone out and calm my mind, yoga is where it’s at.
Apparently luck was on my side. My favorite instructor at this particular studio just so happened to be teaching the class. The last time I took class with her, she was pregnant and rocking it. She’s soothing but also intense. Yesterday’s class focused on core work. I’m definitely feeling it today! Whoever thinks yoga isn’t a tough workout is sorely mistaken.
I love the relaxation portion of the class just as much as exercise portion. Yesterday, the instructor shut the curtains, kept the music going (she always has an awesome playlist) and we laid there with our eyes closed as she read passages/mantras. When I left class, I truly felt that I did something wonderful for myself/my mind. It’s amazing how calm I felt. I have a couple important things coming up at the end of this week and so I needed some peace of mind before they happen.
Now only if I could attend more often. I just can’t justify paying for a yoga studio AND a gym membership. I buy individual classes or five-class passes whenever the mood hits me or I have a little extra cash.
Here are a few other things that I do to relax and help calm my mind:
- Baking and cooking
- Taking a walk outside if it’s sunny out (Yes. It must be sunny. Vitamin D!)
- Laying in the sun
- Getting lost in a good book (I need new book suggestions…anyone?)
- Petting my dog
- Buying flowers for my apartment
(My favorite color)
What do you do to calm your mind?