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Practicing Mindfulness…with Yoga.

Happy International Yoga Day! 

As I’m constantly juggling a busy schedule as a college student, it’s hard to balance what little free time I do have. I often find myself trying to make time for my friends, while also trying to squeeze in a quick workout (but will always end up choosing my friends over the latter). Luckily, I have finally found a way to balance both working out and being social through yoga! Yoga is truly a perfect way to practice mindfulness while also embracing the more communal aspect of exercise. You spend time with friends while you’re working on your sun salutations.

There are so many different kinds of yoga that allow you to challenge yourself and get the blood pumping, such as power, Bikram, and Ashtanga. And what’s even better, you can do yoga on your own time! If you can’t make it to a class, you can always pull up a YouTube video to find your zen in the comfort of your own home. If you really want that social aspect of yoga, but don’t have the time to go to a class, you can still practice yoga at home with others! Try BurnAlong to schedule a virtual yoga class with your best friend without having to leave your home. If you are new to yoga, check out this Guide for Beginners.

After a day of sitting in front of the computer, it may seem easier to binge Netflix with a bag of chips, but there is a much better way to relax and de-stress. Stretching your muscles and focusing on your breath is a great way to unwind and relax. Once you’ve found your center, why not make a nutritious snack to keep your body feeling strong and powerful?

While it’s important to be mindful of your body, it’s imperative to be mindful of the food that you put into your body. Although exercise used to be thought of as the main way of keeping your heart and body healthy, research has shown that nutrition is the true key to a healthy lifestyle.

Try substituting easy-to-make kale chips for potato chips to get your salty and crunchy fix. Veggies dipped in hummus will leave you in a better mood than eating any kind of sugary snack. The protein and natural fat in the hummus won’t lead to a spike in your blood sugar, resulting in lethargy.  Set more goals for yourself to eat other heart-healthy foods that make you feel energized and refreshed!

A calming yoga session followed by a healthy snack is the answer to wave away stress. Even though yoga may seem intimidating at first, don’t be shy. You can move at your own pace!

Let’s be mindful together!

Namaste

Submitted by Haley York, DinnerTime Intern

Snacks I enjoy after a long day …

I found these recipes by typing “snacks” in the DinnerTime Recipe Box search bar.

Body-nourishing and tastes delicious too!

This snack definitely won’t leave you “hangry”!

An easy to make grab-n-go snack!