Why You Should Totally Do Beach Yoga

Why You Should Totally Do Beach Yoga

I guarantee you won't regret it.
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I continue to read about the benefits of yoga and how amazing it truly is. Being an athlete, most of the time I am moving around, sometimes not giving my body the rest it needs and deserves. Last week, I decided to try something other than soccer, a heavy workout, or running. I wanted to try beach yoga. After just one hour of relaxation and stress-free movements, I knew that my first time doing beach yoga would absolutely not be my last.

Why I recommend doing beach yoga, or yoga in general:

1. It's a positive start or end to your day.

If you're an early riser, doing yoga in the morning is a perfect start to your day. Practicing breathing, meditation, and stretching shortly after you wake up gets you off to a great start!

2. You don't have to be good at it!

Going into it, I wasn't sure how it was going to be. I'll admit it, I was nervous for beach yoga. Yes, I just said I was nervous for beach yoga. As I set out my towel on the sand I looked around at everyone stretching and meditating. As the session began, I completely blocked out what everyone else was doing and took the hour to focus on myself. I didn't know all of the names of the poses we were doing and I didn't know how to do most of them at first. The best thing about yoga though, is that there is absolutely no pressure at all! You don't have to be better than someone else because yoga is all about yourself, your mind, and your limitations.

3. You feel amazing afterwards.

Stretching is an athlete's very best friend. Anyone will tell you that after the difficult conditioning sessions everyone eagerly awaits the stretching part. At times you don't even realize it, but you are stretching and loosening up all different parts of your body. After the hour-long session of beach yoga, I can honestly say I have never felt better. Suddenly, my legs didn't feel heavy and my neck didn't feel stiff.

4. You can forget about everything for that time.

During the hour of beach yoga I was able to forget about everything. I forgot about the stresses of everyday life and everything else going on. To be able to forget about your troubles for a little while feels truly amazing.

5. The sunset sky at night.

Last but not least, through beach yoga at sunset you get to admire a kickass sunset on the beach! Living on the Cape, I can never get enough of sunsets on the beach.

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants
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Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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I Cut My Hair After 8 Years And Realized I Cared Too Much About Outward Appearance

After nearly eight years of having long hair, I decided to cut it and this is what I learned.
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The last time I had a substantial haircut was right before starting sixth grade, and even then, it was still slightly long. That was nearly eight years ago, and until recently, I had kept it extremely long. If I am being honest, my long hair became a part of my identity. I considered it one of my defining physical features and it was, but my hair held more importance to me than any physical feature should.

Over the years, I have considered and come very close to cutting it, but several things always held me back. I recently got up the courage (and the support from friends) to cut my hair. I ended up getting 12 inches off, and it was the shortest my hair had been in a very long time. Cutting my hair opened my eyes to several personal shortcomings and bad habits.

Before cutting it, my hair had become an important part of who I was. People knew me by my hair, and I liked that. I liked that people commented on it. I liked that people would stop me randomly to tell me how beautiful it was. It was something that I could count on and through their comments, I found some form of acceptance or favor. People’s opinions were part of the reason I always hesitated to cut my hair. So many people loved it and I feared, however irrationally, that I would fall out of favor with them if I cut it. My hair became a part of my identity.

I also used my long hair to cover up physical imperfections rather than deal with my insecurities. If I had a bad break-out, at least my hair was pretty. If my outfit did not look good, I felt I had my hair to make up for it. Instead of realizing that I struggled with self-esteem and cared too much about outward appearance, I used my hair to hide that insecurity. This was another reason why I always backed out of cutting it. I worried about how it would look and feared what it would be like to not have that safety net.

This probably all sounds cheesy, but something as small as cutting my hair has made me realize how much emphasis I put on the smallest outward characteristics. I should not worry about what others think of me or whether they like how I look or not. If God is at the center of my life and I look to him for self-worth, people’s opinions and my outward imperfections should not matter.

Of course, I would like to say that I have learned my lesson and will recognize my insecurities and my tendency to look to others for approval and will now look to God, but I know myself too well to say that. I am a work in progress, but through support from others and working of God in me and my life, hopefully, someday I will get to a point where all my self-worth is found in God. Sometimes something as little as cutting your hair is what is needed to give you a different outlook on your situation and habits.
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