The first thing you need to do to be more feminine is to learn to breathe.
And while that sounds a bit scary, a few minutes a day with yoga and stretching can make all the difference.
Here are a few ways you can start to feel your way through the next few years.
Stop worrying about your appearance.
“The beauty of yoga is that you are free to be who you are,” said Tara MacFarlane, an associate professor of exercise science and fitness at the University of Alberta.
“You are not locked in to the stereotypical body image.”
When you do yoga, MacFarty said, you’re literally changing your body to reflect your true self.
That means you’re taking a break from the physical and mental clutter that comes with daily life.
“It’s very empowering to not worry about your body anymore,” she said.
Do a few stretches.
A quick stretch on a mat with your feet or hands works wonders for loosening your shoulders and neck, Macfarlane said.
Make the most of your yoga mat.
The yoga mat can be a great place to get some exercise.
You can also use it as a bed, she said, but keep in mind it’s not a gym, and you shouldn’t use it to perform any physical activity.
“Warm-up time is a good time to stretch your body,” MacFarys suggested.
“Use a stretch ball to stretch out your muscles.”
Stretch your abs.
“Yoga is a great way to strengthen your abs,” said Heather Nadeau, a certified yoga instructor in Toronto.
“A lot of people are afraid of stretching the muscles of their legs, and I think yoga helps to reinforce the muscle strength in the hip flexors and hip flexor extensors, which is the core of the lower back.”
She said a lot of yoga poses are “squat, pull, push” and are “really not for a wide range of movement.”
“I find the most effective stretching is with a stretch of the back muscles,” she explained.
Get active in your garden.
While a yoga mat may not be ideal for a garden, you can still be a healthier version of yourself when you get outdoors.
The key is not to get too worked up and then fall into a routine, she suggested.
Instead, “focus on being physically active and enjoying yourself.”
Start a meditation practice.
“I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” Macfarty said.
“In my 20s, I started meditating with my partner, and that really changed my life.”
That practice has made a huge difference for her, she added.
“Meditating has given me the energy to be able to feel more calm, more focused, more confident and have more energy.”
Start incorporating a yoga routine into your daily routine.
Macfarys also suggested that you start to incorporate a yoga regimen into your routine, rather than doing it in the gym or even just doing it once a week.
“As you get older, it’s important to find ways to incorporate this into your life, whether it’s for your yoga classes, yoga classes in your community, or your work,” she added, adding that your own personal practice is the best way to get started.
Start your own business.
“There are a lot more businesses in the yoga world than you think,” said MacFamy.
“Just like you’re not a yoga teacher, you don’t have a yoga business.
You don’t need to be an instructor.”
“Start something new,” she suggested, “and see how you feel.”
If you have any tips to share about how to start your own yoga practice, please leave them in the comments below.