Everybody Gets Yoga. Gets the benefits. Gets the access…

For Yoga Month, The Well-Heeled Guru is passionate that Everybody Gets Yoga. Gets the benefits. Gets the access…

Last week, I posted just a few of the benefits that yoga has provided for me, if you’re thinking about it, novice or long time practioner, check out some of the more unsuspected benefits that I have received from a yoga practice. Here are some of the tools + tips that enable me to roll out a mat, generally a Plank mat but any mat will do, at least 3 times a week…

All of the below suggestions, imagine that I preface them with, I LUUURVE having or when…

  1. All my local studios bookmarked in a ‘Local Studio’ folder with the Schedule Page saved, not the Homepage, as I find that I go back to these sites often mainly to see if there’s an appropriate class.
  2. Time is lacking or I am solo with the children, i.e. My husband is Out Of Town (OOT) then I will use one of the many brilliant classes from Yogaglo.com. I love the experience of a yoga class, with real people, a real instructor and in community, however 2.5 hours minimum to get to and from a studio, is a real Me-Time luxury. With Yogaglo.com, I can put a 90 minute class on + if I get interrupted by my kids, I’ll pause it, give them 20+ mins of dedicated time and then go back to the class. My children need my presence, yes in an ideal world it would be nice to get the full 90 mins, however building independent kids, to me, the 20+ mins of my presence will enable me to get back to class without further interruption. I personally don’t have a Zen appointed spot, however I do love to use the roofdeck from Spring to Early Fall. In our loft, there is no real tranquil spot, if the kids are around, yoga is part of my life, so anywhere + with anyone around is my mantra. I have a laundry list of why I love Yogaglo.com, I’ll save it for another post…
  3. 10 class passes, no expiration, at several studios, as I like to try a variety of styles. Each instructor and differing style adds and grows my understanding and appreciation for what yoga, as an active wellbeing tool, can do for my life. I REALLY suggest, limiting yourself to one style of yoga, is simply an extension of how you live your life, i.e. limiting, this to me is not what yoga or life is about. Similarly to how I look at food, I love bacon + eggs, I love it for breakfast, Fully Monty Irish Breakfast Style with beans, mushrooms + toms, American Style with the pancakes with bacon + maple syrup, Italian Style as in a Carbonara, French Style, Quiche or Frisse aux Lardons and on it can go…

    UK Stylie, Full Monty Cooked Breakfast

    US Stylie, Pancakes, Bacon + Maple Syrup

    Italian Stylie, Carbonara

    French Stylie, Frisee aux Lardons

  4. Mindbody Yoga App for my iPhone, it is one of the handiest apps to find a class, if…
    1. I have just missed class and I need to find a class nearby that hasn’t started yet
    2. If I am travelling + the hotel concierge or your host’s yoga studio knowledge is not up to par, this saves me oodles of time going online before my trip and bookmarking to figure out schedules. With my ADD, this would include focused yoga studio research + buckets of time-sucking links, taking far from my intention. The Mindbody App is sanity inside a box, although there’s always room for improvement, n’est-ce pas…
  5. Community classes, many a yoga studio offer on their off hours Community Classes, as a way to give back to their community. These classes are often either free, suggested donation or never more than $5/class. Often a more basic or general class, however, you may think I don’t need a basic class, my suggestion is to be open and if you’ve got a few classes in your back pocket, remember to dig out all the instruction you’ve ever had and Bring It On… I have taken my interns to these classes, as an introduction into them discovering not only the benefits of a yoga practice but also a cheap + feasible way to include yoga into their lives…
  6. A Yoga Mat or a fully loaded Mat bag, with mat in or attached, as seen in some Yoga Totes or Messengers, in a prominent space, e.g. in the car, closet or ‘tidily’ somewhere in the bedroom. Having my accessories in a visible space serves as a reminder that I need to go to class and that when a Yoga Attack hits, I’m good to go. As the evidence to support Yoga’s popularity + uptake grows, there are many Yoga bags + mat options out there, I’ll honestly post a few of my faves, when I seriously find some + of course you are open to send in suggestions, however seriously if I’d’ve found one, you think I’d’ve gone to all this hard effort otherwise to have my own company. Anyway back to the point, even going to one of Boston’s top events, Styleboston.tv Anniversary Party, a big style night, I made sure that this was not an excuse for becoming Yoga or Soccer Mother and that yoga was feasible with style

Hopefully you have found an idea or two that could help jumpstart a yoga practice into your routine, like all things that are good for you, you know that you know that some form of wellbeing activity, is good for the spirit, health and mind. If you need more help, suggestions or coaching, get a yoga buddy or pop me a question, either here or the Plank Fanpage or Twitter. It is my intention that you get yoga anywhere, anytime and preferably sooner rather than later…

WHG, an expert in all things, shoes + heels + fitting yoga into a busy lifestyle…


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