In my weakest moments I believe I should hold on to God. It is super difficult but worth it. To hold on to his promises, reading the word and get feeding from the word.
Yesterday I mentioned how my Yoga journey got challenged. I do not understand why people want to make it a religious thing. Keep in mind I’m not religious, I am a child of God striving to be the obedient servant I need to be everyday. I am reborn and accepted Jesus in my life as my saviour from a very young age. I know my relationship with God. We serve a positive God who loves us and don’t want to harm us.
I am not going to stop now, I came this far and plan to fulfill my purpose. I am going to continue building my small business because that’s what I love doing and I am not planning on harming any one by doing what I love most. I still can’t believe it was made out like “entrepreneurship” “empowering yourself” is a sin.
I am still feeling very emotional today but I am a strong woman who can pick herself up and walk the walk.
Everyone’s journey is different. My journey started with weight loss. It became more personal. I wanted to become a better person from the inside-out. My journey is “tuff” (sure everyone’s is) for sure hehehe. I must mention I felt if I can look after myself for my physical needs and desires I can surely commit to spiritual growth when I started. So yes, I did challenge myself through my fitness journey to see if I can be as committed to God as to my worldly desires.
Questions I needed to ask myself:
Do I crave God more than food?
Am I doing this for personal gain?
Is this good for me?
Am I doing this for people?
Is this a healthy choice?
Is it only to show off my body?
Why and how will this benefit my family
Do I understand the process?
Do I have the right resources?
We often take on a weight loss/fitness/wellness journey for the wrong reasons and that’s why many of us fail along the road and end up giving up. People still don’t understand that you need to be mentally/physically prepared. People often start off with the wrong mindset.
The focus need to be on living a Healthy and Fit lifestyle daily without the need to constantly go on quick fix diets. I started off knowing what I want and need. I could overcome so many fears and reach so many goals. There are many days a person feels like giving up but for that was not an option. The benefits outweighs the bad days. I am still learning every day and I love the progress.
To wrap it all again, that is why I decided to share this with others. I decided to study in this direction to help others achieve their goals. It makes me feel good when I can help others. To add positivity to their journey. I do health and fitness my way and decide to do what works for me. There is no change in following the correct fitness principals and on living a nutritious lifestyle.
Every time I do my home practice I can’t believe how fearful I was seven months ago. Also not very educated about what I was doing and love so very much..
I did not know or understand my body the way I do now. Mobility, Balance, Strength, and proprioception. I can remember how dreadful a plank was Oh My! And little did I know my hand placement and elbows was all wrong. I do not plan to go deep in to explaining the postures and alignments in this post as I just wanted to share how awesome Yoga makes me feel!
Warrior Poses, the leg placement and don’t forget the hips and arms! Oh so very important to reap the benefits of each and every pose. It can only happen when you go to a professional. Believe Me! I used to be a self taught yogini hmmmmm… Not a very clever move however, it’s good to love it just visit a good Yoga teacher hehehehe
Your basic standing poses like Tadasana(mountain pose) you would think it’s just about standing uhm no no, and starting your class with mountain pose can also give you a meditative start not only seated poses. To ground your self through your feet, big toes touching and heels slightly apart, stand up straight, chest slightly out, arms by your sides, palms facing forward, gaze forward, close your eyes… Om
I can remember how I struggled with savasana, most people look forward to that! Because of my anxiety problems I struggled a lot. I couldn’t let go, my mind was all over and it just felt like it’s not for me. Our teacher did a restorative class with us one day and it did wonders to me. When we did the class for trauma it was actually my breakthrough. Today I can end my practice with a well deserved and anxious free Savasana 🙂
Today I decided to write again. Oh my hat! Why do I always take so long????
So here we go. .
I’m doing very well and things are still going and moving forward. (Entrepreneur life)
I am still very positive and try my best to not be stagnant. I am busy building my website (on my own) and it feels like it’s taking forever! But, I can’t afford a professional at the moment so I need to take my time doing it right before I publish it. I don’t want to make a fool of myself publishing nonsense. At least I do my research and someone with experience offered to help.
I am progressive when it comes to my home practice and I love seeing myself grow. I honestly want to spend more time on my mat because I feel I can do more. Life happens and I just need to find the balance as my circumstances just feel soooo much more difficult than others ( I know it isn’t ;))
So, I am at the studio I rent on Saturdays and I trust and believe God will send more clients my way. As usual my impatience gets the best of me. Being mindful and understanding the process helps a lot. I am doing research on how to up my marketing and I must say it’s quite helpful.
I love getting inspired by others and try my best to stay away from comparison. There are people coming a person’s way trying to compare you with others (very annoying). But, I am a content Yogini and strongly believe in what I stand for.
Thank you for staying connected. I love reading your blog posts and keep in mind… I AM INSPIRED
I’m doing great! Very busy as most of you already know. I am so excited, stressed, happy, frustrated, patient, impatient, doubt, fear.. All the emotions a person go through when planning and working towards your goals and dreams.
I’m proud to say I do have a photographer now! @mondrevelensky
I’m also starting my classes 27 January as I found a studio to rent!
My website will be up and running hoping from next week ( just have to)
Exciting stuff!! God is so good to me!
Not giving up, pushing through, believing, planning, striving all of that is Key!!
I am sharing something my first client has written. I am so humbled and proud. God is so good!
Most of you know my Journey by now. My dream is to help others, for them to become the person they want to be, to reach their fitness and health goals.
I am also happy to share with you that I have found a studio to rent to start my Yoga and Fitness business properly yay!!!
So here it goes, read my client’s feedback:
Since i started training with Mandy I immediately saw instant change in my body – this awesome change has brought a new found love and interest in fitness – I now train 3 to 5 days a week. I was the Lady that believed in strictly cardio classes at gym in order to lose weight and to see the actual number on the scale decrease. Mandy has came into my life and showed me that building lean muscle sculpts your body even though the scale is not really moving – just in two weeks of intense strength training with Mandy my old jeans fits well. She has taught me that fitness is calculated of a nutritionist diet and a well planned work out with a slight percentage of cardio.
Most ladies neglect strength training at their own peril….Ladies muscle mass allows us to move !!! People tend to forget that muscle helps us with our day-to-day parts of life that requires strength – guys sedentary lifestyle means people are gradually becoming weaker, being with Mandy has taught me just that.
Strength training has sculpted my arms and core – which I enjoy targeting – this was easily done by simply adding a dumbel to my crunches,once again compliments to Mandy.
I can continue and talk all day and night long about my experience and what I have learnt thus far – to conclude all I can say is that Mandy is a excellent trainer. She is proffessional and knows what she is doing. She is motivates you and pushes you to your limits. Her advice is life changing guys …. don’t forget to check her out 🤗✔😎
My long five months of Teacher training are done!! What a relief lol
It was hectic as I am a full time worker, planning a business, wife and mom too. I am doing everything by myself except for my husband and family’s support. At least I finished one goal and can move forward to the next.
I am also proud to say I started with my first paid client and she is happy with my workouts so far. I am focusing on outdoor yoga at the moment. Fresh out in nature and calming. I will be hosting a Yoga and picnic event tomorrow.(my first)
I wish I could leave my job, but yeah this is my path and I just have to work hard and smart. God is having my back 🙂
I am so Impressed and Excited about my transformation. Yoga was always something I had interest in from a young age. I didn’t understand it fully but, I loved the poses and doing it.
Right now, I am two months away from being a qualified yoga teacher. And I started 12 August 2017. I am stunned by the results.
I really struggled with the stubborn fat around my waist and thighs. When I started Yoga it changed in just 7days. I could feel and see the change. I am trying to do atleast three hours of Yoga every week. When I am not doing Yoga I am doing weight training at home and a few cardio and bodyweight exercises.
I can’t wait to start my Yoga Teacher career fully.
So, please do incorporate Yoga into your fitness program. It is not only good for the physical but also mentally and spiritualy. I love the fact that I can overcome so many fears.
I can’t understand why I always find fault with my body. I always feel the need to judge myself. If it’s not my tummy, it’s my thighs and butt.
Through all the self judging and dissatisfaction, I am proud of my progress. I must say the journey goes up and down but, I keep moving forward slowly but surely.
I am learning everyday and make it a point to improve. I believe I still need alot of work on my diet. Because I am toning and build muscle but this small layer fat is so tuff to get rid of.
I took this photo without pre-exercise(activated muscles) Lol
To get perfect ab pics I Normally exercise before hand hehehe
Starting the yoga practicing and following a proper exercise plan is working so far. I can’t wait to start with the Nutrition part of my studies as I did not have time yet… Too busy becoming a yogi hehehe