As you will probably have already read in my previous blog post or on Instagram, we spent the past week at the “Yogaherbst” in Bad Gastein. Yoga at the mountain, breathing exercises at the waterfall or walking meditation by a lake… the connection between impressive nature and relaxing yoga was the one thing that I loved most about our trip.
My perfect yoga outfit for the trip
Today, I would like to show you the outfit I wore the most during these yoga days at Salzburger Land. And I wanted it to incorporate two main aspects: comfort and warmth. And especially, when it comes to comfort, there is nothing better for me than the Align pant by Lululemon*, which I’m wearing in the colour “Grey Sage”, in these pictures. There simply is no better kind of pants than the “align” as it offers freedom of movement, pure comfort and extra softness. It was such a revelation when I put on these kinds of pants for the first time and it really changed the yoga game for me. I combined it with the ideal Energy Bra by Lululemon* and the warmest Wunder Puff Jacket* which kept me warm in the mountain at over 2000 meters above sea level. My Reversible Matte* on the other hand, was perfect for our hot yoga session during the yoga days, as the back side of the matte offers ideal hold.
What yoga means to me
For me, yoga really changed my life four years ago. It really is so much more than just muscle gain and improved flexibility. Yoga is not only physical training and it definitely is not all about learning to do that handstand. Instead, yoga is a holistic concept that connects body, mind and soul in the softest and most beautiful way. It’s a kind of moving meditation that re-aligns your inner self with your outer body.
Just being in the here and now and connecting breath (“Pranayama”) and posture (“Asana”) and to really enter into that symbiosis, fully, is what yoga means to me. And it’s clearly so much more than just fitness.
Furthermore, you won’t “torment” your body with your workout. In yoga, you don’t force yourself into splits, you don’t force a forward fold and you definitely don’t practice a headstand if your body and mind are not completely prepared for it. Instead, you learn to practice mindfully and only ever go as far as your physics and state of mind allow it. And that can change dramatically from day to day – because, of course, every day is not the same. And if you practice in such a mindful way, you’re very unlikely to get hurt during a yoga class. Most injuries in yoga only happen if people force themselves into something they are not prepared to do.
So, also never let those millions of yoga pics and videos on Instagram bring you down or questions your state of practice or progress. These people often have histories as dancers and acrobats and have a very different flexibility from people who have not been doing splits since they were kids. Instead, learn to be kind to your own body and practice in a wonderfully soft and mindful way. If you do, yoga will become something so wonderful for you, you’ll never want to stop again.
Do you practice yoga? And if so, has it changed your life as well? I’m very much looking forward to your comments!
*Unpaid ad: the outfit was sent to me as a sample by Lululemon.