ABUNDANT = more space, money, time, freedom & focus
MINIMALISM = less clutter, no debt, fewer complications, obligations & distractions

Is yoga the ultimate minimalist workout?

A man balances on a suspended log with bare feet, arms extended, palms raised to the horizon. The BC beach is the background.
Yoga focuses on breath and balance. It’s a wonderful analogy for creating a good life.
Image by Michelle B Lauzon

Yoga is amazing!

Yoga has been around a very long time, but it’s fairly new to me. It’s not that I hadn’t heard rave reviews about it. I had. But I thought it was only a fad in North America. Silly me. I admit how ridiculous that seems now. Yoga has already been in the west for over 30 years. Sure, other types of exercise come and go, but I believe that some form of yoga will prevail.

Yoga may be the ultimate minimalist workout

I have participated in many types of sports and exercise regimes, so I really appreciate that yoga requires nothing but one’s own body.  Sure, now almost everyone has a yoga mat and maybe a foam block, but those are relatively new to yoga. Anyone can do yoga wherever they are; on the grass, on carpet, on the bare floor, on a towel or blanket. The important part is not the equipment.

The emphasis is on our awareness, rather than the equipment

I love that yoga not only stretches all parts of our bodies and keeps us limber, but also tones and strengthens us all over, and also brings our attention to our breathing and mindfulness. There is also the reminder in yoga to let go of what is not serving us. I can’t imagine a workout more perfect for a minimalist.

In January I discovered 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene. I absolutely love it. Adriene is cheeky and encourages freedom of bodily expression, while guiding us to find what feels good. As a beginner, I love that I can do yoga from the comfort of my own home. Plus it’s free! What’s not to love? Try it and I’m sure you’ll agree that it was a wonderful idea!

If you gave it a try, tell me about it.  If you are already an accomplished yogi, I’d love to hear from you too.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think.