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Today I didn’t have yoga and I miss it! Yoga days are my favorite days. I’m looking forward to being more confident in my yoga abilities so that on my off days, I can do a full session at home. There are a few basic-and I mean basic–poses that I can easily do on my own, but it’s just not the same as going to the comfortingly warm and sunny studio in my neighborhood. Also, my yoga instructor is irreplaceable. She knows exactly how to describe a pose so that I get my body alignment just right, and gently encourages me to push a little further than I think I can go so that I get the most out of the position.
When I first decided to sign up, I was planning on only going once a week to keep my budget under control. Once a week turned into twice a week, then three times a week, and now I’m contemplating buying the “unlimited” monthly package so that I can go everyday. Yoga is seriously my new favorite time of the day. Bedtime used to be my favorite time of the day, but now I have more energy…from yoga… so yoga’s my favorite now.
Why do I love yoga so much?
- It clears my always frantic mind and reduces stress.
- It helps me feel relaxed yet energized.
- My flexibility is improving.
- The chronic muscle tension in my neck and shoulders (where I carry stress) is easing up.
- I enjoy the open and caring sense of community in my classes-maybe I’ll make new friends!
- Oh, and getting great abs and a cute butt doesn’t hurt either!
I love yoga so much now, that I’m actually looking forward to getting up at 6:00 am on a Saturday for class tomorrow!
Why is Yoga So Great?
Yoga is a holistic practice meaning it focuses on all elements of the person and aims to bring balance and wellness. Translated, Yoga literally means, “to yoke or join together.” Yoga focuses on the mind-body connection, although more Americanized forms of yoga tend to focus more on the “physical” aspect of yoga than the mental or spiritual. Do your research and find a class that fits your style and an instructor who you feel comfortable with.
Yoga is an excellent form of complementary medicine. Many people practice yoga to strengthen their bodies after injury or illness, reduce stress and tension caused by stress, boost the body’s immune system, sharpen mental acuity, fight mental illness and ease depression. Yoga is often recommended for those suffering from chronic pain syndromes, and even cancer. Yoga teaches you to listen to your body and a good instructor will never encourage you to do any poses that cause pain.
Is yoga really for everyone? Yes!
Yoga isn’t just for the ultra svelte hot blonde. Anyone can do it and anyone can reap the benefits of yoga’s deep stretches and breaths. You don’t need impressive flexibility or a wardrobe full of Lululemon to participate. Many yoga studios offer classes and one-on-one sessions for beginning yogis, and there are hoards of YouTube videos, books, and DVD’s that make it possible to practice yoga at home. Also, once you’ve learned a few basic poses, you can really do yoga anywhere you’d like. I love to watch people practice yoga in a grassy park, or on the beach.
As a newbie yogi myself, I’ll admit that it took me a long time to actually GO to yoga because of numerous silly fears and doubts in my abilities. I am not flexible. Not one bit. I honestly can’t even touch my own toes. At first, I used this as an excuse, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I NEED to do yoga BECAUSE I’m not flexible! Mind blowing revelation, huh. Also, I was a bit self-conscious knowing that I would likely need a lot of help learning the poses and following along. I didn’t want people to see how inflexible and uncoordinated I was. Here’s where genius revelation #2 sinks in. Maybe, yoga is about overcoming your insecurities, focusing on your body and breathing and the learning process, and not what other people think of you. As you can probably see, I no longer had anymore excuses and decided to join a class for beginners. It was sooo worth getting over my anxieties and I recommend it to anyone who’s been thinking about going but just too nervous to try it.
Everyone has their own reason for joining yoga and personal goals for their practice. Personally, I joined to improve my flexibility, reduce tension and stress, and heal my headaches. Your goals may be quite different, but that doesn’t mean yoga won’t benefit you.
Why are thinking of trying yoga? Do you already take part in yoga? If so, what are some of your goals for your practice?
http://bit.ly/Ikss7h (yoga basics and poses)
It’s been one of those days in which I just feel downright crummy. I’m sitting here trying to ignore the throbbing pain in my head and the anxiety that keeps telling me why I suck. I’m in need of a little boost. I think I’m going to head outside into the sunshine for a little jog. Exercise is a powerful stress reliever, and I’m hoping it’ll get me out of my little funk.
What is your favorite bad-day buster?