Olive Live: Starting a Yoga Routine

It’s fairly well documented that I have been graced with the gift of elastic flexibility. I’ve been known to stretch myself to the limit…and then some! Once the ball dropped at midnight to ring in the start of 2013, I made a promise to myself that I was going to take better care of myself.  I’ve heard about the many physical and emotional benefits of yoga, and I’ve decided to give it a whirl. Whenever I embark on something new, I throw myself into it head first. My approach to yoga will not be any different!

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I reached out to Marci Zaroff, founder and President of Under the Canopy which is a leader in organic and sustainable fashions for women, children and the home. She is an avid yoga practitioner, artist and passionate organic consumer. In other words, she is a pretty big deal and she knows what she is talking about when it comes to living a green and healthy lifestyle.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll share some of Marci’s tips along with a pose of me actually doing yoga in my own unique way. So, let’s begin…

Olive:  What is your best advice on how to approach a daily yoga practice or regimen?

Marci: Find a practice that is realistic and fits with your professional/personal life and schedule. For guidance on a 20-minute workout, YouTube offers some great options. Taking a 90-120 minute class on Sundays helps clear your individual mind while leveraging the collective energy of the group, ultimately providing a wonderful springboard for the week ahead!

Olive:    I love your idea of beginning your week with some positive energy! What type of yoga would you recommend to me and other new beginners?

Marci: I think Iyengar is an excellent place to start, as it helps one to build a strong foundation in the asanas (postures/poses).

Olive:    What will I need to start?

Marci: Besides yoga wear (ideally made from organic cotton), you’ll need an eco-friendly yoga mat, a yoga mat towel and carry bag, a reusable water bottle, a block and a belt.

Olive: How many times a week do you recommend at the start?

Marci: Ideally, you should try to do yoga for at least 2-3 hours a week, in a combo of group classes and at-home discipline. Focus on positive energy and a supportive environment for a consistent productive practice.

Olive: Let’s get real now. If you see one area (physically and mentally/emotionally) where I might need to tone or work on, what is it?

Marci: You need to build strength to offset your extraordinary thin physique and flexibility. Your persona seems on the reactive, overly emotional side. Thus, basic poses like mountain pose (Tadasana) and plank pose will help with breathing and building your core.

Olive: That’s something I will definitely work on. Thanks, Marci! I’m excited to get started. I’ll talk to you again next week and let you know how I am doing! Namaste, Marci.

Marci: Looking forward to it, Olive. Namaste.

Marci Zaroff has been an internationally-recognized ECOlifestyle pioneer, expert, innovator & educator for over two decades. As Co-Founder of “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition”, Founder of ECOfashion brands Under the Canopy and FASE, and Portico Brand Group CMSO, Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide.

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