Yoga is starting to become one of my most favorite forms of exercise. I never truly appreciated yoga before because it did not fit my definition of working out. Not to mention I couldn’t stop giggling in the classes (I have matured slightly since). I used to think of working out as sweating, getting your heart rate up and being completely out of breath..definitely not this Om stuff! However, this Om stuff is keeping me sane these days!!
Don’t get me wrong, I believe we should always mix it up and keep our bodies guessing. Everyone’s body is completely different and what makes me sweat may do nothing for you and vise-versa. Exercise in general is very therapeutic, but I must say yoga has become very cathartic for me. Especially recently. I have started practicing yoga for a few months now and it has been helping me immensely. Today was a very dark, gloomy day and it was extremely hard for me to get a move on. I am so glad I got off my tush and went to a yoga class this afternoon!
When we feel our lowest is when we need to love ourselves UP the most! I desperately needed to get my zen on! With the election, the holidays and the new year approaching my stress levels have been pretty high. Plus, I have been dealing with quite a bit of change. Change is a wonderful thing and I believe it is essential for our growth, but it can also be very stressful. I have needed to practice yoga now more than ever. It has sort of become like a religion to me. I am not a very religious person, but I can see why so many people gravitate towards religion. Spirituality is so important and healing. It makes us feel safe and secure. I don’t know how I have made it this far in my life without it.
All cheesiness aside, yoga has a ridiculous amount of benefits to offer us!! Yoga tones our bodies, de-stresses our minds, improves our posture, balance and flexibility and helps with chronic pain!! These are just a few bonuses. I strongly urge anyone who hasn’t tried yoga to give it a shot with an open heart. It is much more than stretching and breathing. Right now I am choosing to love myself by doing something that helps me manage my stress and works out my body at the same time. What is not to love about that? Stay zen my friends. 🙂