How Yoga Has Changed My Life | Rutele

For years I was always too afraid to practice yoga.

“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”

~CarolineAdams

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If you scroll on Yogi pages on Instagram or FaceBook or anywhere on the internet, they all look very advanced and intimidating. I always had this silly feeling that they would show you up in classes and make you look like a fool because you can’t do what they can do. I also didn’t think I was strong enough and I have always struggled with balance. I literally can’t even walk in a straight line lol so that always deterred me as well.

After my last break up, I felt like I needed to start doing something for myself. I wanted some kind of healthy escape from my thoughts and my feelings. Working out and running have always sufficed but when it came to this, it just wasn’t enough. I wanted to break free from the torture of my mind and I thought, you know maybe this is the right time to really push myself. I am not quite sure how I narrowed it down to yoga, but to be honest it has been my golden ticket.

Without even noticing, Yoga has drastically improved not just my mental health but also my physical health.

My mind is ALWAYS going a million different directions and I am the biggest over thinker. I will literally make something that means nothing into a huge deal and always think of the worst scenario because for some reason my brain is just inclined to do that. Every session that I attend frees me from the chains of my thoughts. For at least that hour I am completely focusing on my body and what it needs, instead of thinking about everything that is happening around me or my personal life. That alone is enough for me to say that Yoga has drastically changed my life.

Besides the mental benefit, my body is stronger, I have more balance and I have toned up drastically. Just a session a week over the course of a few months has helped me get into better shape. If anyone tells you that Yoga is easy and is only for females, they are literally the most uneducated and biased person ever (you should probably not talk to them lol). It always dumbfounds me to see how huge the attending ratio between women and men is. Every class that I have been to only has a couple of guys in it. Ya’ll are missing out!

Here is a list of other ways that Yoga can improve your life:

  • Increases Patience
  • Increases Endurance
  • Increases Concentration
  • Helps Flexibility
  • Betters Posture
  • Increases Blood Flow
  • Relaxes your System
  • Increases Self Esteem

I am no where near how advanced I would like to be one day and there is always so much room for improvement but I am moving towards the right direction. Yoga is not a trend, yoga is a way to better your life for the better in so many ways and if I regret anything in my life it is how I have let fear control my life, especially in the aspect of starting my yoga practice.

It is never too late to start.

 

XOXO, Rutele.

 

 

Barnyard Yoga with Goats

Hello my beautifuls,

Ah this may have been the best day of my life! A couple of Sundays ago I attended this amazing yoga session out on a goat farm. It was about a 30 minute drive from where I live but worth every minute.

The place is called BarnYard Yoga and this is their FaceBook page in case you are in the area (Lehigh) and want to sign up. One spot is $20 dollars and they usually hold this every Sunday.

What to Expect:

You are encouraged to show up an hour before the set yoga session time (6PM), but it is up to you when you want to show up. This hour is basically for getting to know the goats. You can play with them, feed them, hold them, take pictures with them and just fall in love in general.

The goats range in age from little month old goats (they smelled like milk and were literally the softest thing I have ever touched) to older and mature goats.

The GPS will most likely take you to a closed gate that says do not trespass, both my Siri and Google Maps did that. Pull out of there and drive to the next street over. You will see an open gate with a winding road to a huge Old Style Florida house.

This property is absolutely gorgeous.

You can park anywhere on the grass. Once you park, walk on over to the check in table. Check in, get your bag of food and roam around.

Now the bigger goats tend to stay in the fenced in area where the actual yoga takes place. The cuter and smaller goats are roaming around free outside where the check in is. The little baby goats are much nicer and a lot more playful while the older goats can be a tad sassy. There will always be a leader that kind of runs the show so they keep that away at first.

When I say these goats are hilarious, I really mean there is no way to not laugh at them. They play around with each other, nibble on everything, head butt you and jump around all over the place. It is so cute. The smaller babies totally love to be held and scratched. Watch the video below!

Once your hour with the cutie pies is done, you will move into the fenced in area and set up for the yoga. Beware, the bigger goats are here and they are hungryyy! Once they have enough food, they mellow out and just kind of graze all over the place.

The yoga itself is pretty much beginner and very easy. It’s a light class that focuses mainly on breathing. Even though I would have liked to be pushed more, they do time it with the sunset and right now the weather is beyond amazing so that whole not doing enough work is not even a negative at this point. You really don’t even have to do yoga, you can just hang out on your mat and play with the goats that come around. It is completely up to you.My Thoughts:

The only negative that I can think of was the fact that anyone who did not purchase a ticket is not allowed to stay and wait for the yoga to be over.

Overall, this was worth my money, it was worth my time and was really a superb experience. I really do love goats and playing with them and interacting with them was really beyond anything that I could have imagined.

I give this place a huge thumbs up and I will be coming back for more sessions.

XOXO, Rutele.