The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation For Single Moms
So one of my Goals to Crush This Year is to practice yoga consistently and honestly, I've been seriously failing at the consistency part. Enough about me though, here's why I think single moms should start incorporating yoga and meditation into their routine too! And now you're probably like, ugh ME do yoga? Nah! Oh but yes! Yoga isn't for the thin, lean, athletic machines we see on Pinterest, it's also for out of shape people like you and me (I'm kidding or am I?).
Through the practice of yoga, you’ll improve your abilities to concentrate and to relax—the two most essential necessities for a meditation practice. Tell me, are you looking for a way to improve your mental and physical health? Maybe you just need something to lower your stress levels, calm and soothe your mind? Well, I have excellent news my friend; yoga and meditation can give you that.
Every Tuesday or Thursday I try to get to my local yoga studio for some much-needed calm. Lately, I've been going here and there, basically whenever my schedule or pockets deem fit. I love yoga! I love the peace it gives me and I love how I feel afterward. Well, not the day after, I'm usually pretty sore, but that mostly happens when I haven't done it in a while.
I started therapeutic yoga shortly after my depression diagnoses. It has helped me a ton with my depression. It helps with a lot of other things too like chronic pain, stress, or injuries. Meditating is also good for the soul. Wehn practiced often you can definitely feel the reward.
Is Yoga For Me?
Okay, so you probably think yoga is not for me. Wrong! Anyone can do it. Yoga is for men, women, kids, teens, the stretchy and non-stretchy. No matter your size, everyone can benefit from yoga. You don't have to be flexible, lean, athletic or strong. Have I convinced you to go purchase your first yoga mat or dust off the one you have tucked in the back of your closet?
Well in just case I haven't read on to see the benefits of yoga and meditation. It's more than just a trend to start doing because all the other moms are doing it. It's a reason why they are. When you are dealing with screaming-tantrum throwing toddlers, you need some time to calm your mind, body and get out of your head with mediation.
The Benefits of Yoga
Studies suggest that just 20 minutes of yoga breathing can improve your memory and lift your mood. I started therapeutic yoga to help with my depression. Now I love going to therapeutic yoga, which happens to be a type of yoga for people with depression and people who have suffered an injury or in chronic pain. If practiced consistently yoga can increase body awareness, sharpens concentration, and relieves chronic stress patterns; something I desperately need.
Suffer from a lot of stress? Yoga can help with that too. Stress affects different areas of the body like the neck, back, headaches and some insomnia. Besides depression, I also practice because it improves memory. I have the worst memory, bad enough that I have a peel and stick calendar on my wall and two planners. When we can open our minds and refresh, you can recall easier and organize your thoughts.
Different Types Of Yoga
There are a wide variety of yoga styles out there. Fing the right one is very important so that it can meet your needs. Needs of the body and mind. If you’re seriously thinking about starting yoga, look for beginner classes. These classes will introduce you to the poses that will help you start increasing strength and flexibility.
A vinyasa style class can be a more active and vigorous workout. Hot yoga (which I've done myself) is done in a room with temperatures of at least 95 - 105 degrees and yin style of yoga is done at a slower pace and can focus on extended times held in each pose.
The Benefits of Meditating
Meditation can help you sleep better, lowers stress and increases productivity. All it takes is some quiet and a few minutes of alone time. The best part is that you can meditate anywhere.
No need to leave the comfort of home, and pay for a session at a yoga studio; unless you want to. There's no wrong way to meditate. The goal is to explore your limits and calm your mind.
The key to successful meditation is practicing it often. Be prepared for your mind to wander from time to time. Visualizing is a good way to start meditating, that way when your minds begin to drift, shift your focus back to your object. Trust me, over time with consistency you will be able to calm your mind. When you are relaxed and stress-free, your mind will work more efficiently.
Try implementing yoga and meditation into your routine to turn it into a habit. Choose a time when you’re able to meditate a least 10 to 20 minutes without interruption. That way you can synchronize your meditation right before or after physical yoga.
For meditation, sit with good posture. You can sit on the floor or maybe you'd rather sit in a chair if that is more comfortable for you. You can meditate anywhere.
Try 10 to 15 minutes of meditation before going into work. You'll be ready to take on the day and feel productive. Starting out meditation may seem a little tedious, and you will have trouble calming your mind, that is why it's practiced. Keep working at it until you reach extended periods of time between thoughts.
I'm Daisha Renee; single mama, foodie, and lover of yoga. Here on my blog I write about the challenges navigating life as a single mother while suffering from depression. I also provide tips to help with overwhelm and practical solutions for single motherhood.