We think yoga rocks! For starters we love how good it is for us—mind, body and spirit. Doing yoga helps build strength, stamina, mindfulness and makes us super focus, which is good not only for school but all of our activities too. Plus we live for the clothes that come with it. The cutest and comfiest leggings are de rigueur so not only do you look super stylish but you also feel so good. They’re also so inspiring to go into a downward dog and chant a mantra. Never done yoga (only wear the clothes?)—we gotchu. Here, a super quick 101 to bring you up to speed so now you can look and play the part.
- Create a cool space to set the mood. Even if you don’t have a dedicated room, find a space in your home, like a little nook by a window with a view of a tree that makes you feel calm, and set up there.
- Get geared up. A yoga mat defines your space and don’t need to be pricey. Keep a water bottle nearby to hydrate and wear comfy, stretchy and cute clothes to feel inspired.
- Choose a mantra. The word mantra actually comes from the Sanskrit language that translates to “instrument of sound.” It is a word, sound or phrase that makes you happy or content and helps to focus during yoga or mediation. Some suggestions? Sweet, sweet life, yuuuum, friends are for life to name a few!
- Know basic poses. Even if you’re not one of our Sugar Lulu dance girls, that doesn’t mean you can’t strike a fabulous yoga pose. To familiarize yourself with some of the basic poses and techniques there are tons of books out there or just simply search on line. Some of the key terms to check out: Child’s Pose, Mountain Pose, Downward Dog, Warrior, Tree Pose, Bridge Pose (think back bend with no hands!), Triangle Pose, Seated Twist and Cobra.