Today on the podcast, we talk about all things yoga: From the strength and flexibility benefits to its ability to reduce stress and combat insomnia in the craziest time ever. Yet, for some reason, many people are still resistant to and skeptical about yoga, and so was Jessica before she had her first session, which radically changed her point of view. For her, one of the biggest benefits of yoga is its ability to quiet down the seemingly endless mind chatter most of us struggle with – the negative self-talk; the voice that makes you question your worth as a human being. But yoga is not just about yourself and connecting with your body and spirituality. This practice connects you to other human beings and the earth in surprising ways, creating an atmosphere of empathy, community, and love. Later in the episode, Jessica talks to guest, Christine Lolay, about the advantages of yoga and meditation for new and long-time moms. As listeners will hear, babies’ nap times are great opportunities to sit down and become still – even just for five or ten minutes. Christine shares how she brings nature into her meditation practice through a tea ritual and how it has made her a more grounded, calm parent. If you have are still sitting on the fence about yoga or meditation, this episode is sure to change your mind for good!
Jessica talks about her initial beliefs that yoga was too slow, boring, and not “hard” enough.
Why Jessica describes her first-ever yoga class as a transformative experience.
How yoga helped Jessica gain a better perspective and calm the relentless mental chatter.
Find out how yoga serves your self-esteem, connection to people, and spirituality.
How the practice connects you to your body and its relationship in space in new ways.
Why coming onto your mat is like looking in the mirror and exploring yourself.
A story about the importance of self-awareness and being mindful of others in your space.
The power of the breath to keep us present and mindful and activate the body’s recovery.
Employing meditation and systematic body relaxation techniques to treat insomnia.
How yoga supports the respiratory and immune systems and a healthy lifestyle overall.
The physical and mental flexibility that doing yoga can give you.
Our guest shares how meditation helped her to cope with being a new mom in the pandemic.
Christine’s ever-changing yoga practice and settling on one that involves bowls of tea.
Big emotions are okay and the healing experience of expressing them in your practice.
How yoga and meditation have made Christine a more grounded, calm parent.
The value of “getting lost” in your practice versus getting stuck in your mind.
Christina talks about finding time in between her son’s naps to meditate or exercise.
The high price of failing to take care of yourself and prioritize your needs.
© Jessica Gershman, 2021