It’s a new year which means you’ve likely committed yourself to new or better habits for 2020. Imagine carrying the optimism and determination you feel now throughout the rest of the year. Finding what you enjoy will help keep those healthy habits around for the long haul. We sat down with Heidi Kristoffer, mom of 3, yogi, and wellness expert. She gave us the low down on how you can implement exercise even when life gets a little crazy.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a mom to three, and CrossFlowX™, the creator and producer of Microsoft Bing Fitness Yoga & MSN Yoga, and wellness expert for and contributor to multiple publications and platforms. My goal is to make yoga, health, strength, and whole, happy living accessible to everyone. I’ve been honored to be rated one of the Hottest Trainers in America by Shape Magazine, most inspiring yoga teachers in the world by DoYouYoga, and most popular instructors in NYC by RateYourBurn and ClassPass. As a former award winning actress of stage, film and television, and graduate of Cornell University, I make it my mission to bring happiness to everyone through every medium.
What are the benefits of yoga that people may not realize?
Yoga is practice for life. If you want to feel at ease in life, practice that on your mat, and you can find it everywhere. It’s truly the best therapy in the world.
What are some simple poses/stretches that pregnant women can do?
Down dog at the wall, cat/cow, sufi circles, seated side openers, and malasana squat.
How can postpartum women get their strength back?
Slow and steady wins the race here. Once your doctor has given you the green light for movement, and you have no diastasis, start slow, and see what feels good. Be present with your body, and remember that it is now believed that relaxin can stay in your body for up to 1 year, so be mindful of that! Simple yoga flows using body weight go a very long way postpartum. And, if baby doesn’t want to sleep, you can always hold him / her while you do a LOT of the poses (think chair or malasana squats and boat pose).
What are some easy ways women can get their fitness on even when life gets a little crazy?
Online or apps! I am working on my own app right now (CrossFlow : Yoga with Heidi Kristoffer) since I realized very quickly after the birth of my twins that I needed SHORT workouts and flows if I was going to fit anything in. So, the app I am creating (and I am sure there are more like this!) will segment the different videos by length as well as all of the other categories. Be okay with doing 7 minutes if you only have 7 minutes – there will be a flow or workout 7 minutes long, and you can do it from your phone, so DO IT! No excuses with all of our technology. Look for the possibilities, not the problems, and that’s what you will see!
What advice do you have for those who want to start taking fitness classes for the first time but may be nervous?
Make sure the class sounds FUN to you! For example: I LOVE yoga because I LOVE to move. But, I want to tear my eyes out from boredom at a bar class. SO, recognize the types of classes that would actually be FUN for you, and FEEL great. Set yourself up for success. If I scheduled bar or pilates classes for myself, I would NEVER workout. (But, those are someone else’s happy places!) Do the thing YOU want to do.