It’s a beautiful day in VanCity today – the sun is shining and the birds are chirping! It’s a good day to be alive. Take a moment and be grateful.
I thought it would be beneficial for some of you if I outline my current workout routine. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Instagram and Snapchat regarding this so will go into detail here for you. 🙂
Currently I am working out 6 days a week with one rest day (which varies – I don’t have a set rest day, I just listen to my body and rest when it needs to). So, at the moment I do yoga every other morning for an hour and 15 minutes. I rotate between focusing on heart centre (lots of back-bending/heart openers), throat (poses that focus on stretching the throat), and roots/sacral (focusing on base of spine, so lots of hip openers). I do mostly vinyasa yoga, but also power yoga as well to strengthen my core.
The days that I don’t do yoga I usually do some form of cardio. Lately, I’ve been loving the elliptical as it really gets a good sweat going and gets your heart pumping – great way to start the day. And, perfect time to listen to an audiobook (currently listening to another Wayne Dyer audiobook – my hero). So, I’ll usually do 30 minutes of high intensity cardio, followed by about 15-20 minutes of body weight exercises (and I’ll also practice my yoga conditioning exercises at this time as well i.e. handstand conditioning exercises). For bodyweight exercises, these can vary from squats, to pushups, to ab exercises, to lunges etc. I will usually do a short circuit of some sort – this could be something like: 30 squats, 20 push ups, 40 ab bikes, 1 minute headstand. And repeat 3 or 4 times… Just depending on how tired I am from the cardio sesh.
After I finish, it’s time for meditation. I have a beautiful yoga room in my building which is generally pretty empty – so I will spend 10 – 15 minutes meditating (again focusing on heart, throat, roots). Meditating has catapulted me into finding more of, and being more in tune with, my spiritual/higher self. It’s an ongoing journey of self-discovery that will never end…
Take care of, and respect your body. It’s where your soul lives and nothing is more important (in my honest opinion) than mind-body connection. We are capable of so much more than we think, so strive to become better (through exercise, nutrition, and working on your mind).
I hope this gave you some insight into my weekly workout routine… I find it changes about every 6 months or so – but my #1 focus is always on yoga. Remember, you have to find what works for you, and make sure you enjoy your workout plan… Otherwise it’ll be impossible to stick with it!
Have a beautiful day! Send love to people even when it’s not reciprocated. Be kind to strangers, and be kind to yourself!
Ps. Wearing Tonic Lifestyle Apparel in these photos… The most comfortable yoga gear I’ve ever worn… EVER! Also made out of sustainable materials (hemp, bamboo, etc.). Really amazing Vancouver based company.
“The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
– T.K.V. Desikachar