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How to Take Your Yoga Mindset Off the Mat and Into the Real World

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If you practice yoga regularly, you know the feeling well of rolling your mat up and leaving class with a new glow. However, it can be hard to retain that feeling once you return to the “real world” of jobs, chores, errands, and obligations. Some days, that glow all but fades away until the next yoga class when you roll your mat back out, sit cross-legged, and look up at your teacher expectantly, the promise of serenity and achievement on the horizon.

That yoga feeling doesn’t have to stay trapped in the studio, though. There are plenty of ways you can take your yoga mindset off the mat and into the rest of your life. All you have to do is recognize where you’re already honoring yoga commandments and build them out to better the wellbeing of yourself and those around you.

Working Toward Hitting That Next Pose

In yoga class, there’s nothing better than finally nailing that pose you’ve been working toward for weeks. If you think about it, when you’re doing this, you’re developing your growth mindset just by stretching yourself a little further with each practice. You can bring this mentality off the mat and into the rest of your life by always taking at least one small step toward your goals every day. Be consistent with your practice on and off the mat and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you overcome your next hurdle.

 

Taking Risks

You’re not going to sit there and watch the rest of your yoga peers attempt a tricky headstand without seeing what you’re made of too, right? No matter how goofy you end up feeling? As we know, yoga is all about taking risks and trying new things, and you should uphold that mindset outside of the studio, too. Volunteer to take on that big presentation in the office. Make a new friend and invite them to dinner. Try that unfamiliar item on the menu. Don’t be afraid to take some risks – you never know what you’re missing out on!

 

Transforming Your Attitude

Not all days are sunshine and rainbows, and not all yoga classes are, either. Eventually, you’ll take a class that tries your athleticism and mental strength, and it’ll take everything in you to keep pushing through. If you’ve ever been in that situation, you know you can only change your attitude toward the situation at hand, reform your discomfort into a positive outlook, and push on. You know savasana is always in sight! In life when you find yourself feeling negative, transform your attitude into one of positivity and confidence. And if you fail, keep on pushing until you don’t. Negative thoughts can’t lead to a positive life!

 

Generating Loving-Kindness

Loving-kindness flows strong during your yoga practice, so why can’t it continue when you’re off the mat? Be sure to always love yourself and those around you. Practice self-care in mental and physical health, help others through their problems, and send out loving vibes to the rest of the universe. Yoga studios are a great place to begin generating kindness. If you need a starting point, take an early morning class and try to carry those vibes with you for the rest of the day. There is no such thing as too much love!

 

What yoga-oriented mindsets resonate most with you? How do you keep your practice going once you leave the mat? 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to employers and employees, tenant-residing buildings, community events, and more. To set up your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

Kara Crow Spotlight: CNY Health Coaching

When it comes to reaching your optimum health, it’s important to examine your lifestyle and habits overall. Even if you think you just want to focus on improving your diet, losing excess weight, gaining more muscle or achieving another specific goal, all these aspects of health are connected. With guidance on nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and more, you can more easily get to where you want to be.

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Kara Crow, one of Chasing Nirvana Yoga’s newest team members, is here to help you set and reach goals that will allow you to be the best and healthiest version of yourself with her health coaching skills. Originally from Stowe, VT, Kara attended the University of Vermont before moving to Boston on somewhat of a whim in 2011 to be a personal trainer. Although she planned to race on the U.S. Ski Team and pursue a career as a professional athlete, life happened and circumstances changed. In her senior year of college, her adviser suggested she try an internship that focused on personal training.

Q: How did you get into health coaching?

A: I got sick a few years ago and had to find alternative means for healthcare because the conventional model wasn’t working. No one could tell me what was wrong with me. I was debilitated in terms of mental and physical function. I was tired, wasn’t sleeping, felt miserable, and I wasn’t living my life the way I wanted to. I went through all kinds of testing and functional medicine, and eventually got my life back. I was fully functional with two years of trial and error, but I decided I had to know more about it. Functional medicine led me to health coaching. Health coaching is a little less specific than functional medicine, but both have a lot to do with eating and nutrition. Health coaching and functional medicine both look at the system as a whole. You have symptoms, but what is the underlying cause?

Q: What were your next steps?

Kara Crow finishing her first marathon in October 2018. (instagram.com/karacrow)

Kara Crow finishing her first marathon in October 2018. (instagram.com/karacrow)

I had personal training clients come to me with a host of ailments, and I didn’t feel like I knew exactly what was wrong. There’s so much going on underneath the layers of the onion. I wanted to know what makes people tick and how to help people outside of the fitness aspect. I wanted to be able to do more with my skill set, reach more people and have more education to help my clients. I wanted the tools to help propel them to the next step.


Q: Why Boston?

A: Boston has a relatively young crowd of people ranging from entrepreneurs to corporate people; there are lots of people to get to know. It’s a city, but not one so busy that it’s overwhelming like New York. I love that there’s so much opportunity if you know where to look, especially when it comes to healthcare. Not only do we have one of the best hospitals in the country, but also some of the best holistic practitioners.

Nutrition is key! (instagram.com/karacrow)

Nutrition is key! (instagram.com/karacrow)

Q: What are the health coaching classes like?

A: I’m currently doing health coaching for small groups, in which we go through the basics of behavior change throughout a six-week time period. We start by discussing: why is change so hard? Then, we begin creating a structure to drive the change: SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) Goals.

From there, we dive into nutrition. I keep it simple, breaking down to the types of foods, explaining calories and advising on how to modify dishes at restaurants to make them healthier. The next week we talk about movement including the benefits of exercise and what you’re “supposed to” do in terms of amount and type. People tend to say, “If I can’t do it in full, I’ll do nothing.” Even if Mayo Clinic says do x minutes of exercise, doing y minutes instead of zero minutes is still progress.

Get more insight for how to reach your fitness goals with CNY health coaching in Boston, MA, by Kara Crow. Chasing Nirvana Yoga provides on-site yoga, meditation and other health-focused classes around the country.

5 of the Most Unique Yoga Classes in Your Area

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The practice of yoga can be traced back all the way to 3000 B.C., where civilizations in India developed it as a way to achieve harmony between the mind, body, and soul on the path to divine enlightenment. Nowadays, yoga has evolved as western culture has adopted it. More people are practicing yoga than ever before. According to The Good Body, between 2012 and 2016, the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%. If you’re trying to get to the studio for your yoga class, you’re not alone! 

As more people have adopted yoga, the variety of practices has increased as well. Yoga classes can now be set to hip hop music, combined with high-energy fitness classes like pilates, and heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. There truly is something for every yogi now, and heading to a unique class is a great way to bond with friends both old and new! 

Interested in trying a unique yoga class to shake up your practice? We’ve compiled five fun, modern yoga classes to search for in your area!

 

1. Goat Yoga

Yes, you can now practice yoga amongst baby goats, and it is so cute! Goats are known to be playful, snuggly animals, and they’re pretty great at downward dog. Practicing Goat Yoga is the perfect way to integrate your practice with nature. There are plenty of other animal-related yoga classes popping up as well – many shelters are using it as a tactic to increase animal adoption!

 

2. Brew-Ga (or Winery Yoga!)

Yoga at a brewery or winery is the perfect way to unwind with friends. Many tasting rooms now offer hour-long yoga classes followed by a curated beer or wine tasting (BYOM – bring your own mat!). The great thing about these locations is that classes are held both indoors and outdoors, and many tasting rooms have beautiful grounds. If you don’t drink alcohol, consider looking for a yoga class at a kombucha tap or organic market instead!

 

3. Silent Yoga

Silent Yoga is a creative way to keep your inner monologue going while still participating as a group. The way it works is that yogis will put on wireless headphones, blocking out ambient noise, and the yoga instructor and/or an accompanying DJ will play a special mix! Sometimes your instructor will also have a microphone so you can hear instructions, but if not, these types of classes are flexible enough for you to do your own thing. What a way to rock out!

 

4. SUP Yoga

This practice is becoming more and more popular. SUP stands for “stand up paddleboarding,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like – yoga on a paddleboard in the water! This class can range from moves for the absolute beginner to long-time instructors who want a challenge. On a beautiful day, there is nothing more serene. But be forewarned … it is a lot harder than it looks!

 

5. Glow-Ga

Have you ever been to a cosmic bowling alley? Glow-Ga is similar in that all the lights are turned off and you practice by blacklight and neon signs! Be sure to wear white or neon colors to get the best effect, and bring some glowing jewelry to up the ante. Usually, this type of yoga is accompanied by fun music. This is a fantastic choice for a larger group if you’re looking for ways to get your entire office involved! Commercial real estate professionals can also offer on-site Glow-Ga classes in their buildings as a way for tenants to get to know each other. Need help? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is up for the challenge!

What is the most unique yoga class you’ve taken lately? Sound off in the comments! 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for businesses, tenant-occupied buildings, community events, and more. To schedule your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

* Photos sourced from FSU Campus Recreation and Bella Rose Yoga Studio, respectively.