Sunday, 6 November 2016

Yoga and Well-being

Hello Lovely People !

For the last year every so often you'll of heard me say things such as " I really want to get into yoga" or "I went to yoga on Friday and really enjoyed it so I'm going to go every week". I'll only give you one guess to work out which half of that statement was true ( spoiler alert , it was a lie that I was going to go back ). However it wasn't that I didn't want  to go back it was that I simply wasn't dedicated enough to make the effort to keep going back, plus ... it kind of hurt. Yoga is hard work and I'm inflexible and very good at comparing myself to others. So I gave up.



However a few weeks ago I was talking with a wonderful woman who focuses a lot on yoga and well-being. She told me that yoga is about listening to my body and learning to give it what it needs. If the hardest pose is hurting my body then I need to stick with the less advanced and build up my strength. That conversation about looking after and listening to my body as a way to increase my mental and physical well-being inspired me to change my eating habits ( I've become vegetarian and gradually transitioning to vegan , let me know in the comments if you'd like to read some posts about that ) , focus on mindfulness and start doing yoga .

As a way to keep me focused on Yoga I'm starting a series called "The Yoga Diaries" and if you have any better ideas for names for the series I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments. It's going to be an honest documentation of my journey with yoga and mindfulness. I will share new poses I've learnt, breathing techniques, resources and how my strength gradually ( hopefully ) builds up . These posts will be up every Friday. I will be also be posting on another happiness and well-being based post on Tuesdays as part of my new posting schedule. If there are any posts that you'd like to see as part of these please let me know !

I can't wait to start this journey with you ! I'd also love for you to leave your suggestions for amatueur blogs ( under 1000 followers .. preferably under 500 ) that posts about well-being, positivity and health ! I really want to start reading more blog in that area ! I can't wait to read your suggestions.

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

36 comments:

  1. Such a great series idea! Looking forward to reading your next posts :) x
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    1. Thank you darling ! I cant wait to write them and I hope that you enjoy them !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  2. I know exactly how you feel! I have a yoga studio down the road from my house, so I signed up for a free hot yoga session to see how I would like it. And I loved it! But I just never got around to signing up for a membership. I'd love to read about your progress - perhaps I'll be inspired to finally get my butt in gear and do it myself!

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    1. That's awesome ! I'm currently moving house to somewhere that's very close to where I do yoga so I think that will really help . It would be awesome if we could all do yoga together !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  3. Yoga with Adriene is my favourite youtube yoga instructor-- she does a 30 days of yoga that is just so fun! and her lessons are completely free so... bonus! I have a lot of wellness blogs that I adore. Sauniya at Find Your Bliss is awesome as well as Catherine at the Blissful Mind. I have a ton more though so perhaps I'll email you a list to check out ;) I am so looking forward to this new Yoga series you're doing! Remember, it's about learning your body and deepening your connection with it. You can do this! xx

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    1. That sounds really good ! I'm going to look into that right after I've replied to these comments ! Thank you so much for your suggestions I'll be checking them out ! Thank you so much for your support and your advice !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  4. I love this idea. Will be great to read about your mindfulness advice and yoga is definitely a great way to start. I used to do it at uni but haven't picked it back up since I moved back home, so it would be great to hear some of your techniques. I also post mindfulness posts on my blog at least once a month as I think it is good to talk about and share well-being ideas :). Gemma xx
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    1. I'm so glad that you like it ! I'm really looking forward to giving an honest account that will encourage people to give it a try as well and understand that it's normal to struggle at first ! I'll definitelly have a look!

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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    2. Thanks, it would be great to swap ideas. Gemma xx

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  5. I really want to start yoga too! It seems so beneficial to the mind and body. And I really like what you said about being able to build up your strength if something seems difficult at first. It makes it seem less scary haha!

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    1. Perhaps we could do it together hehe ! I think that when you start yoga, everything looks so effortless and it's really disheartening when you can't do it because it's actually so hard and I really want to be completely honest in this series so that people can find the motivation to keep going with it !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  6. Can't wait to read your Yoga Diaries, and I think that it's a really good name for that series! :) <3 Honestly, I never really considered doing yoga myself. I just don't think that it's really for me, but I do enjoy reading other people's experiences with it, some of the bloggers I know do yoga diaries and they're always an interesting read! Thanks for sharing, hun. <3

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    1. I'm really excited about it I've had such a positive response to the idea ! I really want to add a completely honest and open twist to it !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  7. I love the sound of this! Like you, yoga is something I want to do but never stick at. Can't wait to read about your journey. Monica x theliterarylady.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you darling ! I'm hoping to change that for myself and perhaps joining me on my journey will inspire you to restart yours as well!

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  8. Oh man, I can't wait to hear about the Yoga Diaries! I took yoga a year ago and really loved it. I know it's not for everyone, or can take some time getting into! :)

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    1. I'm super excited to start the series and share my journey ! Have a lovely day !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  9. I wanted to do yoga since forever but I'm so inflexible. Ack. I'd love to read through your Yoga Diaries before trying it out on my own!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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    1. You and me both honey ! But hey, if we work at it our bodies can adapt :) I really hope you enjoy the series and it gives you the motivation that you need !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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    1. Thank you honey ! I'm so glad that you like it!

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  11. It will be interesting to see your Yoga jurney, good luck. xx
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    1. Thank you ! I really hope you enjoy it ! Have a brilliant week.

      Lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  12. I think it is so great that you are giving Yoga another chance and the woman that you talked to is entirely right. There is a pose that can always be done in place of another for different levels. I love yoga because it is all about a journey with yourself and not to compare yourself to anyone else or even compare yourself to where you feel you should be. Sounds like a lovely series to start!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Thank you so so much , I really apreaciate your advice darling :) I hope you have a wonderful week !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  13. Oh nice! Yoga is always one of those things I say I am going to do too! Haha. I have taken a few classes and I didn't like it. But I do kind of want to give it another shot again. That's a great idea to do a yoga series! I hope you have a fun adventure. :)

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    1. It's definitely hard to stick with stuff but I'm certain that this time I'm going to stick with it and I really think this series will help me and hopefully others !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx


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  14. Loved reading this. Please check out my ultimate guide to visiting a hairdresser!

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    1. I'm happy you enjoyed the post . Have a lovely week !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  15. It sounds like a wonderful idea for series! Can't wait to read. Yoga can be very hard just like any other sport activity but it's important to stay strong and improve :)

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    1. Thank you honey ! It really is harder than it looks but hey , nothing worth doing is ever easy !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  16. I've always wanted to do Yoga. But I kept slacking ;-( "The Yoga Diaries" sounds perfect. Will wait for your journey! xoxo

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    1. Aw well I hope you can join me on this journey improve your own happiness and wellbeing :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  17. I've always done pilates, but never tried yoga. Looking forward to your posts! :)

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    1. Pilates is really hard so that's impressive hehe ! I hope you enjoy the series and have a lovely week !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  18. Yo go girl! I'm really interested in seeing your mindful posts too, I struggle a lot when it comes to relaxation and such things so I'm so excited to read your tips and follow you on your yoga and well being journey! <3 xoxo

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