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The Feel Good Philosophy to Yoga (+ The 8 Minute Morning Yoga Routine)

Created in India 2500 years ago, yoga has officially hit the mainstream over the last 10 years. 

Traditionally practiced by gurus and mystics, yoga has migrated into studios all over the world and millions are becoming adepts.

Have you tried it yet? If so, awesome. If you’re still on the fence, I’m hoping the following piece will inspire you to give it a shot.

Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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There’s no shortage of reasons to give yoga a try.  Its tremendous benefits include:

-Whole body flexibility

-Better body awareness

-Better breathing (= more energy)

-Less injuries

-Less back problems (especially beneficial for those who spend long at hours at computer)

-Greater mind-body connection

-Less stress and better focus

and best of all… it makes you FEEL GOOD!!

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The most popular way to do yoga is to attend sessions at a local studio, but today I want to offer you an alternative way of doing it: The Feel Good Philosophy to Yoga.

This is a method I’ve developed over time to maximise the benefits from yoga without having without devoting a lot of time to it.

I’m hopeful this will be as beneficial to you as it’s been to me!

How It All Started 

My yoga journey started while studying at UBC in Vancouver. I had heard it was a great way of meeting girls and a good complement to weight lifting (which I was into at the time), so I signed up.

As it turned out, I was the only guy in the class in a class of 16. Good times. :)

Even though I learned a lot through that class, I also realised that this “traditional” method wasn’t optimal. I would sometimes feel restless in those 75 mins classes, and because I was only doing yoga once a week, I wasn’t progressing very fast.

The Next Level

When I got to Australia 2 years ago, I decided to try something different: doing yoga at home. I was fortunate enough to discover Sadie Nardini’s great videos, and I started doing 2- 30 minutes session every week. That’s when I started falling in love with yoga.

You can find this great 30 minute home yoga session by Sadie Nardini right here.

One day, I was a bit pressed for time, so I decided to do a 10 minute “power” session.

That day, I realised something very powerful: it is absolutely possible to do a great yoga session at home in only 10 minutes and derive great benefits from it. 

So I decided to challenge myself to try and do yoga for 10 minutes everyday for 2 weeks. Before the 2 weeks were up, I was already hooked.

The Feel Good Routine

After those 2 weeks, it was time to step things up. I decided to create my own 10 minute routine, based on the best moves I had learned from Sadie.

I’ve been doing this routine every morning for the past 365 days, and it’s one of my greatest Optimal Living practices.

I truly believe that in the fast-paced world we live in, doing yoga (and meditation) everyday is almost essential to stay fully balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

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Today, I really want to encourage you to give daily yoga a try. If you’ve been thinking about doing it for a while, don’t wait anymore. You’ve got nothing to lose, and you might very well fall in love with it.

To make things as easy as possible for you, I’ve decided to record and share my own Feel Good Yoga Routine.

I know my form isn’t textbook, but I guarantee you that this routine will get you feeling good and energised for the day ahead.

Enjoy!!!

Your Turn?

All right, the ball is in your camp now! Are you up for a little 14-day Yoga Challenge?

If not, why not try it at least once, see how it feels?

Yoga is an amazing practice: it’s enjoyable, it’s greatly beneficial in many ways, and it’ll make you feel good.

What more can you ask for?  :)

Let me know how it goes!

Phil

PS As always, I’m happy to help with any questions/ideas you have about yoga!!

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Please share this post, because that’s how more people can discover the great joys of yoga

 

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Posted on : 2, Feb 2012

35 Comments

  • Been doing yoga for about 10 years now, ashtanga for 5 and it makes a great compliment to circuit training, running and all sorts of other sports, particularly when you get the breathing rhythm right. It’s very, very rare that i don’t do any sort of yoga/exercise in the mornings and those days are always a useless write-off. It takes me about an hour each morning and followed with a cold shower – super hard at the moment with the sub-zero cold snap we’ve got – and a large healthy breakfast, it’s the best for me to start the day.

    • Ashtanga is power yoga rigiht? I love it! It made me exponentially more athletic than I already was!

    • Hey Ciaran I hear you brother!! I do the same too, always start with an hour of power consisting of meditation, a short “gratitude” run, some yoga, a cold shower, and a superfoods smoothie if I’m not doing Intermittent Fasting that day!

      It’s crazy how much of a difference it makes for the rest of the day.

      Keep at it man! Cheers!

      PS Cold Showers in WInter = true test of will :)

      • Hi Phil,

        I’ve been contemplating yoga for a few months now. I might give your routine a try sometime this month.

        As you mention your morning routine, I wonder: what time do you wake up? And what time do you go to sleep, actually?

        I try to work my way to a healthy morning routine too. I have meditation as a habit now (january challenge: epic win!) and I plan on starting exercising again (or stretching or running, depending on the days). Why not add Yoga? Your 10mn seem easy to approach.

        Thanks again for a great post,
        Gilles

        • Hey Gilles! Thanks for your comment my friend.

          All of last year in Australia I was actually going to bed quite late, around 3am everyday, and waking up around 9am-10am..

          But this year in California I’ve decided to try and go to bed earlier.. around 11:30-midnight.. and wake up around 7am-8am.. The more light/energy is just too great to pass on.

          Awesome job about thte meditation. That’s a great, great habit to add. You should definitely do the exercise too, it’s the one that will great you the greatest benefits the fastest. And yeah 10 minutes of yoga is very easy to do and will make everything better.

          Good luck!
          Phil

  • Great routine Phil… It’s 10 am and I just did it! Thanks!

    I’m going to post a video response for surfing yoga sometime soon… look out!

    Surfs up,

    Sal

    • Sweet thanks dude! Yeah looking forward to learning some of your moves.. I think it might be time to spice things up a bit!

  • Looks good def going to give the 14-day challenge a go

    will let you know how it goes

  • I’ve been practising yoga every morning since the summer, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s an amazing way to start the day, and yoga has brought me so many benefits. I follow Esther Ekhart’s videos on YouTube (she’s a fantastic teacher), but I’ve just checked out Sadie Nardini and she’s got some great videos too, so thanks for the tip.

    I love your routine by the way! I’m inspired to do some videos of my own. I always worry that I’ll be criticised for doing a pose wrong or something, but I get the impression that your approach is just really genuine. You don’t profess to be a yoga expert, just someone who wants to share their knowledge. Thanks!

    • Hey Rebecca, as always thanks for your great comment! I’ll check out Esther’s video as well and see if I can learn a few cool moves!

      Yeah making a yoga video was a funny thing.. Especially because I’m mostly self-taught and no one has ever fixed my form or anything.. But in the end I just did my best and shared it with others, and deep down I know that’s the right thing to do.

      And now for sure when I make a new video in a couple months it’ll be a lot better because eI know what to work on!

      If you ever make a video be sure to send it my way!

      • That yoga video I was thinking about is up… http://www.offthemat.co.uk/saturday-morning-yoga/

        It was nerve-wracking to hit ‘publish’! I’m trying to get better at putting myself out there.

        • Hey great job for taking the dive & publishing it! I left you a comment on your blog check it out!

  • Yo Phil !!

    Just tried your 8 minute Yoga session for the first time. This waving thing is amazing !

    I also started the 9 min workout you posted on my wall. I guess these 2 sessions combined would be great.

    Cheers bro

    Pat

    • Niceee thanks buddy! En effet, les 2 workouts ensemble c’est un vraiment bon combo pour un workout qui prend juste 20 minute et qui est vraiment de qualité!

      Dude Je suis rendu a San Diego et je fais le 8 min yoga tous les matins au soleil apres avoir nage dans la piscine extérieure pendant 10-15 mins..

      OMG so good!! Total Feel Good Lifestyle!!

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  • You’re awesome, Phil, have I already mentioned that!? haha. You’re doing really, really good stuff here and I for one, am very grateful that I have stumbled across your site … or shall I say, I was ready to learn and your site appeared in perfect timing :)

    Just finished the routine and I’m in … in for 14 days!

    Thank you for all that you’re doing.

    • Aahhh thanks so much Michelle! I really appreciate that.

      And I appreciate you taking the ideas & applying them! That’s what it’s all about.

      Let me know how things go.. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how you feel over the next couple weeks & beyond :)

  • Phil this is outstanding! You are such a self starter!!! I admire that so much about you!
    I’m trying to put yoga in my morning routine but the habit I have trouble with is waking up in time for the actual routine to happen haha.
    Anyway, cheers on making this. I think it’s so cool!!!!
    - Lauren

    • Haha thanks Lauren :) I love this stuff, optimizing and tweaking little aspects of my life and feeling the benefits.

      Do you have somewhere you gotta head off to in the morning? Realistically, even if you have to cut a few minutes of sleep for the yoga, you’ll end up feeling a lot better anyways. And then perhaps a glorious little nap in the afternoon?

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