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Yoga and Tea: Days Three and Four

Day three of Yoga and Tea wasn't so grand. I kind of went overboard on the work out tip doing 30 minutes on the treadmill, pilates, then yoga. It made my body really tired, not to mention that I was kind of already in a bad mood due to some familial and guy issues that were bugging me. I drank some black tea later in the evening which brought me some peace and allowed me to relax my physical and mental self.  Realization 1: Yoga is about simplicity. Trying to overdo it will bring about greater problems then benefits. Realization 2: The mind, body and spirt and truly connected. On this day when my mind and was off my body just wasn't havin' it and my spirit was low. Constant attention to the progression of all three will lead to ultimate balance and success.

Day four of Yoga and Tea was amazing and a few changes were noticed. I noticed that I was memorizing the moves without watching the instructions. I also felt a little bit taller and leaner. I found myself able to breathe more deeply without gasping or straining to get air. After completing the session I felt warm, joyful, and a somewhat energetic sense of peace. Being in the mood to clear my mind and throw around some positive energy I commenced with meditation and ended it all off with some Yogi tea.

Creating this daily practice is seemingly going to make it a lot easier to create discipline in my life. I'm sure we all have had experiences in which we say we want to begin a new project, start eating better, or to begin being more committed but life or a lack of will power blocks us from the ultimate goal.  This new habit is one small step to committing myself to good tendencies and strengthening my "stick to it" power.

After only four days of Yoga and Tea I feel stronger, happier, and am witnessing beauty radiating from the inside out. Let's hope this progression multiplies by the time we reach the end of the journey. 

Here are some quotes on discipline to help to keep you and I inspired:

“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”
Roy L. Jones

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
Zig Ziglar

"The first and best victory is to conquer self." 

Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing
Marie Chapain

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Frank Herbert

If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself... self-discipline.
Harry S. Truman

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There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.  -Nelson Mandela

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Yoga and Tea: Day Two

Did an hour session of yoga today. While practicing my focus was on breathing properly and hitting the poses, but immediately afterward I came to a few realizations.

Realization 1: I have been treating my body like crap for the past semester. 

Realization 2: people really don't breath as deeply as they should to take in the maximum amount of oxygen to maintain organs and bring about serenity.

Realization 3: With continue practice this could be a new way of life for me.

After offering up a "namaste" and rising from the mat I felt worked, energized, but yet peaceful and happy in the same instance. Day two was a success. Oh, and as I write this post I'm drinking a lovely herbal tea blend that includes licorice Root, Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Hibiscus Flower, Fennel Seed, Cardamom Seed, Orange Peel, Rose Hip, and English Lavender Flower. It's made by Yogi and is delicious! 

Wishing you growth!

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Yoga and Tea: Day One

Happy New Year Yaminah Girls and Guys! I hope you all were able to turn it up and party how you wanted to to bring in 2011. I had a more than wonderful time partying with close friends after watching the annual Dick Clark special with my family. 2010 was real. It brought some stress, tension, and hardships but also so much joy and new experiences. In 2010 I traveled more going to the N.O., New York and various other exciting places. In 2010 I started this blog, let go of some unhealthy relationships, and worked harder to define the ultimate goals I have for my future. 2010 called me to be brave, it called me to have heart, it called me to be new and better in ways that I couldn't imagine. Greater progress will be made this year: mentally, physically, spiritually, academically, fiscally, and socially.  No, a new year won't bring a new me. But it will bring new positive habits, actions, and a call for the conquering of uncharted territory.

To gain greater balance and to create better physical and mental health I have decided to do Yoga and drink herbal tea daily for 30 days. Us on the western hemisphere are just getting hip to these common health practices that have been used in the East for thousands of years.  Noted benefits of yoga include lubrication of joints, increased flexibility, better posture, better breathing, and more. Benefits of herbal and green tea drinking include ceasing the growth of cancer cells without harming healthy tissue, weight loss, reduced blood pressure, and decreased chances of heart disease. 

While all of the above benefits are good the reason I have decided to take up the following practice is to (1) increase my will power (2) test the theory that it takes 30 days to make or break a habit (3) become more balanced, relaxed and healthy. In addition to daily yoga and tea I'll be taking more time to journal and update the blog. 

This is the year of continued progression and reaching new, never before conceived heights. I challenge you to join me.  If not in becoming a tea drinking yogi, then by thinking of a new positive habit to practice and working at it daily. 

Remember,  the point of power is always in the now. 

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