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Bring a Yoga Class With You Anywhere Using “Pocket Yoga”

Bring a Yoga Class With You Anywhere Using “Pocket Yoga”

Many of us intend to exercise frequently, but our bodies often get neglected in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We get so wrapped up in our work and taking care of others, that we fail to make time for ourselves.

Yoga is an incredible way to relieve stress and stay fit and healthy, but it’s not a workout that lends itself well to being done alone in the beginning. If you’re new to yoga, you need a teacher to guide you through the postures.

Yoga teachers also know how to put a class together so that each posture flows into the next. There’s also a logical way to build a yoga sequence so that you don’t hurt yourself. Without a knowledgeable instructor, you run the risk of injuring yourself or practicing in a way that does not allow your body to engage in all planes of motion.

Sadly many of us don’t have the time in the day to devote to traveling to a studio, practicing yoga for an hour, taking a shower and changing, and then heading back to work. It’s just not feasible unless you have a very flexible work schedule.

Yoga helps connect your mind and body

There are many ways to exercise, but yoga is one of the best ways to promote mind-body connection and support your overall health.[1] By practicing yoga, you’ll become physically stronger and more flexible, but you’ll also learn to listen to your body.

Many of us go through our days without taking time to notice what we need. We don’t feel when we need to take a break until we’re exhausted. We don’t notice that we’re slouching in our seats, and it’s destroying our posture. We can’t even recognize the early signs that we’re stressed until we’re in a state of complete anxiety.

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When you practice yoga, you ground yourself in the present moment. You learn to notice problems and feelings before they become crises. In addition to promoting mindfulness, yoga can leave you feeling energized, productive, focused, and refreshed. This translates into you being less stressed and producing better work.[2]

Even if you can’t make it to the studio, there’s still a way to practice

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health because you’re busy. The Pocket Yoga app makes it easy for you to make time for your practice. Using Pocket Yoga is like having a yoga instructor available at your fingertips.

Pocket Yoga supports your practice no matter where you are

Even if you don’t have an hour and a half to carve out for practicing in the middle of your day, there’s a good chance that you can spare shorter increments of time. Since Pocket Yoga eliminates the need to commute, you can focus solely on working out in the time that you have.

One of the main reasons that people don’t commit to an independent yoga practice is that they don’t have enough knowledge to set themselves up in the poses safely. Pocket Yoga provides logical sequences, and it walks you through each asana so you’re never confused about what you should be doing.

Pick a Practice

    There are three main practices on Pocket Yoga. The first, Ocean, is a brisk practice meant to build strength, get your blood flowing, and open up the body through holding-postures and vinyasas.

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    The second practice, Desert, focuses on detoxifying the body and increasing flexibility. This is a restorative practice that’s perfect for unwinding after a long day. The Mountain practice focuses more on strengthening and long holds.

    In addition to the three sequence-types developed by Pocket Yoga, you can also focus solely on Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. Sun A and Sun B make excellent warm ups, but they can also stand alone as a way to wake up your body. You can increase the intensity of the experience of Sun A and Sun B by increasing the repetitions and pace.

    When you click on a practice, you’ll be able to see a brief description, a quote related to what you’re about to do, and a series of options.

    At the bottom of the details page, you can adjust your practice using a series of drop-down menu options.

    Choose your level

    Unlike many online yoga offerings that cater only to beginners, Pocket Yoga lets you challenge yourself. You can choose to do beginner, intermediate, and expert postures and sequences.

    Changing your level adjusts the pace, and it can also impact the types of postures that Pocket Yoga asks you to do. For example, one of the peak poses in the expert level of the Mountain practice is Full Wheel, an intense back-bend. In the beginner level, the back-bend option for students is Bridge, which is a less-intense posture that can eventually support going into Full Wheel.

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    Select your practice based on the environment

    Where you’ll be practicing can also influence what you will be able to do. Pocket Yoga allows you to adapt your practice by designating whether you are practicing at home, in a studio, or at the office.

    Preview your practice

    If you’re the kind of yoga practitioner who likes to know exactly what you’re going to be doing ahead of time, you can see the sequence that Pocket Yoga has prepared for you.

    Click on the icon that looks like an eye in the top-right hand corner of the screen. This will reveal the sequence to you.

      After you’re satisfied with the practice that you’ve selected, roll out your mat, and click “Start Practice” at the bottom of the sequence’s details page to begin. A smoothing female voice will guide you through your practice. The figure on the screen changes to reflect your Pocket Yoga teacher’s instructions.

      Pocket Yoga’s other handy features

      Look up specific poses you want to practice

      Fear of the unknown and frustration are huge barriers to learning. In yoga, these mental blockages prevent students from reaching their fullest potential. Sometimes, being able to see the right information can help students break down these barriers.

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      In the top, right-hand corner of the opening screen, you can click on “Poses” to reveal all the postures available in the app. The images associated with each posture show you what they look like in their fullest expression.

        Clicking on an image can give you more detailed information about each posture, including its Sanskrit name, what areas of the body it targets, its difficulty level, and how to execute it. You can also choose to look up the postures by name.

          Don’t let time be a barrier to your practice

          Feeling rushed because you are trying to jam a formal yoga class into a busy day negates the whole point of committing to practice. Save the formal yoga classes for times when you can be fully present without worrying about being late for work or neglecting an obligation.

          During busy times, call on Pocket Yoga so that you can practice consistently and adapt the practice to fit your needs. Pocket Yoga was developed by a reputable team of yoga instructors, which means that if you follow the instructions and listen to your body, you should be able to have a safe workout that challenges you.

          With Pocket Yoga, you can practice anytime and anywhere. Pocket Yoga is available for iOS and Android devices for the one-time cost of $2.99. For less than the price of a fancy cup of coffee, you’ll have a series of yoga classes that you can take at anytime.

          Try Pocket Yoga to enjoy a more consistent practice–no matter how busy you are.

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          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

          Boundaries are limits

          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
          • When do you feel disrespected?
          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
          • When do you want to be alone?
          • How much space do you need?

          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

          Sample language:

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          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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          Final Thoughts

          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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