Why I Chose Yoga

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My fascination with yoga began years ago when I had joined the gym. Mats on the floor in a low-lit room with people calmly breathing — it almost sounds like a dream for any parent.

But there was an issue.

When I started yoga, I couldn’t concentrate. My mind was everywhere, and no matter what I tried, I couldn’t focus on what I was doing. Part of me thought it was silly, like the many times I tried to do anything else at the gym. I always felt like a science experiment whenever I entered the gym. You see the same faces on the same machines, or in the same workout classes. Zumba was fun and it allowed me to get my mind off of things, but I always knew I wanted something more.

My mother surprised me with a yoga mat once. She thought that would help, but it didn’t.

Finding Peace
As chaotic as life can be, my role as a parent has brought me peace. After researching for months on what would be the best workout routine to rid myself of these extra pounds I’ve put on since July — a total of 30 — I made my way back to yoga.

Running would require a new pair of sneakers, so I crossed that out. Oh, and a really good sports bra, and possibly some new workout gear.

A workout bike would cost a minimum of $85. I didn’t want to invest more than $50 into something that might collect dust, and still make me feel like an experiment.

I had mentioned doing yoga to Jeff, and he went on a Target shopping spree for my Christmas present. He picked up the Gaiam Yoga For Beginners Kit and wrapped it up and neatly placed it under our tree with everything else. I was so excited when I pulled back the wrapping paper and red  It comes with a mat, yoga block, and a beginner’s DVD. The entire kit is less than $25, and is currently on sale for $20.24. Click over for more details.

Choosing Yoga
One of the many reasons I’ve always been fascinated with yoga is your body’s capability to do things it never thought if could before. I’ve followed hashtag after hashtag to learn about other newbie yoga lovers and their journey. It’s amazing to see someone achieve different poses in months.

It’s only been two weeks since I started, and I already see results, not just physically, but also emotionally. I’ve allowed myself to feel the world around me, to truly open up my heart to the earth.

If you’d like to get started on your 2017 fitness goals, then I recommend stopping by Target. There you’ll find gym equipment and accessories at great prices. 

The Gaiam’s Yoga Kit for Beginners includes everything you need to start your practice. This kit includes a 3mm thick alignment yoga mat, foam block, 6′ yoga strap, and 60-minute DVD.

Yogi expert Rodney Yee walks you through the basics in the Yoga Beginner’s Experience DVD, slowly helping you master the basic skills to improve flexibility and circulation, along with building core strength, agility, and balance. 

35 Comments

  1. Jill - Kentucky Makeup Junkie

    January 3, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    I’ve been thinking about starting yoga – total beginner here. This beginner’s set from Target looks like it’s definitely the way to go! I have a question – I have never heard of a yoga block, what is it used for?

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 4, 2017 at 8:24 AM

      Good question! You can use it to assist you with stretches, like when you’re stretching your legs out for a split. You can use it as cushion 🙂

  2. Meeta

    January 4, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    I truly enjoy yoga and have been doing it for years. But realize it is not enough – so I combine it with pilates and some cardio. A good mix!

  3. Amber

    January 4, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    I’m glad you found something that you enjoy. It’s not for me, but I know many people love it.

  4. Tess Chupinsky

    January 4, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    I absolutely loved yoga but got away from it through pregnancy and full-time job. This makes me want to add it back into my routine!

  5. Kimberly Hsieh

    January 4, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    I did yoga back in college and need to get back to doing it! Yoga classes can get expensive, but thank goodness for YouTube videos!

  6. srisk

    January 4, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    I LOVE yoga too. I need to choose it again. I should probably get my mat out!

  7. Shearly Reyes

    January 4, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Yes! I love Yoga, I really need to do it more often!

  8. Annie @ It's just my life...

    January 4, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    I had been doing yoga until I tore my meniscus but plan on getting back on track this month once the doctor gives me the okay. I find yoga very relaxing.

  9. Chloe

    January 4, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    I’ve always had a love affair with yoga and got back into it when I was pregnant but then stopped. I’m going to take this as a sign to return!

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 4, 2017 at 8:16 PM

      Aww… Do it! You’ll fall in love all over again.

  10. MyYellowApron

    January 4, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    I have meaning to start yoga for years now. I know the basic steps since I used to do yoga with my dad when I was a little girl

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 4, 2017 at 9:30 PM

      That’s awesome how you used to do it with your dad. Sometimes we need the support from someone else. Good luck if you do decide to start up again 🙂

  11. brittanyputman15

    January 4, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    I’m not a big fan of yoga, it’s just not for me. I think it’s great that you are focusing on your fitness goals though!

  12. Waiting for Fireflies

    January 4, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    I’ve been intrigued by yoga, but have never tried it. I think this sounds like a perfect way to try it out. I know I wouldn’t go take a class without ever having tried it. But I’d absolutely love to give it a go at home. Thanks!

  13. kellyestoneyahoocom

    January 4, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Beautiful post. I also love Yoga and find it so peaceful! You’re motivating me to go to a class tomorrow 🙂

  14. Julie Porter

    January 4, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    I’ve never tried yoga before, but i have been seriously contemplating it. I have neck and spine issues that cause chronic pain and my doctor tells me that yoga will help with this. I’m like you, I am always uncomfortable in a gym but perhaps I can pick up this kit and give it a try at home.

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 5, 2017 at 10:18 AM

      Go for it. It’s pretty inexpensive and worth the investment. One thing I started doing before I picked up this kit was trying to do yoga via YouTube videos. I always did the beginner ones and then I received the set during the holidays. It’s improved my back and flexibility… and I’ve only been doing it non-stop for almost three weeks. I highly recommend taking advantage of this offer/trying yoga for yourself.

  15. Ana De-Jesus

    January 5, 2017 at 6:30 AM

    Yoga is a great way of unwinding and becoming unconnected from reality. I need to do some yoga.

  16. Jenni Petrey

    January 5, 2017 at 7:04 AM

    My daughter used to do yoga as part of her schools PE curriculum, she loved it!

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 5, 2017 at 10:18 AM

      There you go! It’s so relaxing!

  17. Hey Sharonoox

    January 5, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    I heard many great things about yoga but the only thing I could do is meditation due to my health problem. I’m glad to hear you found something you’ve passion doing.

  18. Heidi

    January 5, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    I’ve always wanted to try yoga. Maybe this is just the motivation I needed. Thanks!

  19. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    January 5, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    I love yoga and do it often. I have some back and hip problems and it really helps with that. My favorite is DDP Yoga. Really gets my heart rate going and still a good stretch.

  20. Krysten

    January 5, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Your husband is so nice and thoughtful with that gift! This sounds like something that I need to do. I have been trying to figure out what to do to get my baby weight off, something that can make me feel good as well. I will definitely check out this beginning yoga kit!

  21. 2momsandababyblog

    January 5, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    I really need to get into yoga! I need that calming experience. But I need to lose some weight first, there’s no way i could even begin to get in some of those posistions!

  22. Robin Rue

    January 5, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Yoga is such a good way to let go of all the stresses that plague you. I have been meaning to get back into it.

  23. Traveling Well For Less

    January 5, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    I would love to do yoga, but I can’t get my body to bend and twist. I guess I’m just not flexible enough.

  24. Kelly Levere

    January 5, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    I love yoga! There is nothing like FINALLY getting a pose for the first time! Congrats on taking steps to become a new you!

  25. Laura

    January 5, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    I stayed yoga last year and enjoyed the stretching. I need to work more on strength.

  26. Anne

    January 6, 2017 at 2:11 AM

    I totally agree! I also prefer doing yoga than going to gym. It helps in finding mind peace as well as works great for body.

  27. Elizabeth O.

    January 6, 2017 at 2:20 AM

    I think one of the best exercises out there is yoga. It gives you peace of mind and it allows you to shed all the pounds as progress with the poses. I think it’s a great choice!

  28. Marceline Dementori

    January 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Meditation plus exercise, what could be better than that, right? I agree with you all the way and you definitely made the right choice! Yoga is amazing!

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 6, 2017 at 8:57 AM

      Thank you, and it’s been a wonderful addition to my daily routine.

  29. heartloveshome

    September 7, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    I love yoga! It’s definitely one of my favorites. My oldest daughter loves to do the exercises with me.

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