If you’re like me, it’s easy to get in go-go-go mode around the holidays.
It just seems like there’s so much to do, and never enough hours to get it all done!
And that’s just crazy, right?! – because the holidays are supposed to be about slowing down, giving thanks, and spending time with people we love.
One of my favorite ways to reset my body and get super grounded is to do a yoga session.
But most classes are an hour long, and sometimes I need to just jump in and get a good stretch with some bonus power moves to really feel present in my body.
Full disclosure, I am NOT a yoga instructor, but I have been super fortunate to work with some amazing ones, and I practice at least once a week, drawing on what I’ve learned and what my body needs.
I invite you to join me for this 15-minute power session I put together to help me stretch key areas that get tight like my shoulders and legs, strengthen my core and focus on my breathing and on how grateful I am to have this strong, healthy body.
Thank you so much for joining me today – and I’m wishing you a wonderful holiday!
PS. A quick personal note and 2-step Gratitude exercise if you’d like to participate….
I appreciate you so much! Thank you for being part of my Fit Fam! It would be so easy to think of all the things about myself I’d like to improve, but instead, I will tell you something about myself I’m proud of.
I’m proud of having made the 30 day challenge this year. It was really hard to do actually!
I had to film a 15 minute workout each day, which I started doing in December (when I set out to do this, I was like, no problemo…but sticking to something daily is harder than it seems!). I had to edit each video, make a web page for it to live on, write a PDF for it and an email too with descriptions of each move – all while running business as usual.
And about halfway through production on it (right after Christmas) my dad died and I was so devastated I almost didn’t have it in me to keep going and finish it.
I made it live January 1st, and I had only completed half of the videos. Somehow I finished it, sometimes filming 2 videos a day so that people who had started wouldn’t run out of workouts to do.
As I was doing this, I learned a lot. I learned that life is crazy but when we make a commitment to ourselves, it’s up to us to follow through.
I also got so much strength from seeing how much the challenge was motivating and helping others, and I learned that no matter what we are suffering or dealing with, it is possible to find comfort and motivation through what we have to give. My dad did this his entire life.
That inspired me to keep going, even though I was sad a lot and wanted to quit.
When I look back now, over 90,000 people have taken it this year, and I have received countless emails, messages, photos, comments, and videos – and I can see the far-reaching impact it has been having on the people I care for so much, you – my Fit Fam.
Thank you for sticking with it. Thank you for being strong role models to the people in your life who watch you. Thank you for believing in yourselves and for believing in me!
I could not do what I do without your support, nor would I want to. It’s really hard for me to write stuff like this sometimes because I don’t ever want to take focus away from what you are here for.
But I know that so many of you are here because like me, you are striving for greatness through adversity and if I don’t tell you what I’m dealing with myself, you might think I’m some kind of automaton that never struggles haha. The truth is, I struggle all the time. I write this blog as much to motivate myself as I do to motivate you. So thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for reading it.
Quick happiness exercise:
1. In the comments below, name 3 people you appreciate and are grateful for (feel free to add more than 3!)
2. Tell me something about yourself that you are proud of.
For more resources:
There are so many wonderful yoga instructors out there to learn from – you probably know of some!
For a great online yoga resource, check out my friend Adriene of Yoga with Adriene, who has an amazing YouTube channel and blog.
A very special thank you to Cassey Ho of Blogilates for sending me the beautiful new yoga mat I’m using in today’s video! She has an incredible YouTube channel with all kinds of workouts you would love, so be sure to check her out too!
For amazing streaming and downloadable yoga, be sure to check out Qi Flow Yoga and Fitness on Yoga Download, I have worked with many of the instructors in these videos personally – they are amazing, and you’ll love their knowledge of the body and beautiful flows.
If you have a resource you’d like to share with me and the Betty Rocker community, please do post in the comments below, along with any questions or thoughts you have. I always love hearing from you!