During the month of June we hosted our first Instagram Yoga challenge. We decided to make it a Chakra themed challenge. Each day we would focus on a different chakra. We even used the colors of each chakra somewhere in our IG Yoga Posts. We gathered a few beautiful hostesses on Instagram
To me it was one of the most fullfilling experiences I’ve ever had. The yoga community is such a loving and accepting one. Everyone played along and a felts such a sense of LOVE from everyone throughout the challenge.
Here is what our lineup looked like
Mon: ROOT (Red) 🏵️ Easy Pose (Sukhasana) or Squat (Malasana)
Tues: SACRAL🔥🐓(Orange) Pigeon or Double Pigeon (Kapotasana)
Wed: SOLAR PLEXUS ☀️ (Yellow) Any Corework /Twists/ Plank
Th: HEART 💖 (Green) Camel (Ustrasana)
Fri: THROAT 📿(Blue) Fish (Matsyasana)
Sat: THIRD EYE 👁️ (Indigo/Purple) Eagle – eyes closed optional
For those of you who know me you’ll know that I’ve been living in Korea for quite a while now. I’ve always been a huge fan of lifting weights and staying active although my motivations comes and goes and sometimes I let myself go and I don’t exercise for months.
After living in Korea for about 2 years we were missing home a lot and we were kinda falling into a depressive slum. We ate everything we saw and we didn’t make any effort to do exercise or go to the gym at all. In January 2017 we went back home for a month. I asked my mother in law to take a picture of me at the beach. To be honest, what I saw made me unhappy. I didn’t look like my old self when I first left South Africa. I could see my mental state manifesting itself in my body. Right then and there I decided to get myself back on track when I got back to Korea.
We started going to the gym again and soon enough we felt better about ourselves and how we looked. But this is by no means the aim of this post…. After being active for a few months I started doing little yoga drills to loosen up my tight muscles.
So here we are…. doing yoga everyday and its sort of an addiction now!!!!
Since I’ve been in my 20’s I’ve been too scared to use a jump rope as I felt heavy and unable to jump, but a few years ago I saw this lovely little exercise routine and decided to give it a try. It was much easier than I expected even though I hit myself with the rope more than once or twice.
This is one of my favorite exercises of all time. Read More
From now on I will post my favorite workout that I did the week before. I usually change up my exercise routine every 2 to 3 weeks because I tend to get bored easily and then don’t put in the maximum effort.
This weeks workout is a HIIT workout that I did on Saturday.
Spending lots of time on Facebook looking at pictures of friends could make women insecure about their body image, research suggests.
The more women are exposed to “selfies” and other photos on social media, the more they compare themselves negatively, according to a study.
Friends’ photos may be more influential than celebrity shots as they are of known contacts, say UK and US experts.
The study is the first to link time on social media to poor body image.
The mass media are known to influence how people feel about their appearance.
But little is known about how social media impact on self-image.
Young women are particularly high users of social networking sites and post more photographs of themselves on the internet than do men.
To look at the impact on body image, researchers at the University of Strathclyde, Ohio University and University of Iowa surveyed 881 female college students in the US.
The women answered questions about their Facebook use, eating and exercise regimes, and body image.
The research, presented at a conference in Seattle, found no link with eating disorders.
But it did find a link between time spent on social networks and negative comparisons about body image.
The more time women spent on Facebook, the more they compared their bodies with those of their friends, and the more they felt negative about their appearance.
“Spending more time on Facebook is not connected to developing a bad relationship with food, but there is a connection to poor body image,” Petya Eckler, of the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, told the BBC.
She added: “The attention to physical attributes may be even more dangerous on social media than on traditional media because participants in social media are people we know.
“These comparisons are much more relevant and hit closer to home. Yet they may be just as unrealistic as the images we see on traditional media.”
‘Sense of identity’
A spokesperson for the Beat eating disorders charity said body image was a key part of our sense of identity and not a trivial matter or personal vanity.
A preoccupation with weight and shape was one of the key features of current popular culture, and was a global phenomenon, she said.
“The fascination with celebrities, their bodies, clothes and appearance has all increased the pressure that people typically feel at a time when they seek to establish their own identities and when their bodies are growing and changing,” she said.
“Young people compare themselves to the images that bombard them and feel it is their fault that their bodies compare so unfavourably.”