Let me start by saying I used to despise yoga. It was not my friend. I didn’t see the point in it. It was too slow. How could you get any kind of benefit from doing so little? Don’t you need weights? Don’t you need to be jumping around or running around or something?
That was then. This is now. I’ve learned to love the yoga practice. I just feel better when it’s part of my life. I don’t feel right when I’m unable to practice it.
I first tried yoga, like really tried yoga, 4 or 5 years ago. It was soooo hard! Not the poses specifically. I was decently flexible when I started. What was hard was the stilling of the mind and the time it takes to go through the poses. Talk about lessons in patience! But I soon learned that it really helped with my fibromyalgia. I found myself going back to it and looking forward to it in my workout programs.
In the last couple years yoga has become my preferred form of exercise. It’s my go-to. I keep thinking I’ll try something else but every time I do, I miss yoga and come right back. I’ve had some of the best results all around with yoga.
So, let me share a few things yoga has taught me.
How to listen to my body
How to quiet my mind
To let go of all things unnecessary and/or harmful to me in any way
That it’s ok to not push too hard
That it’s ok to push just hard enough
That those last two are absolutely necessary to a healthy body and mind
That my body is MY body and no one else’s. What works for one doesn’t always work for another
And on that note, my body doesn’t look like anyone else’s, nor should it
So yoga will continue to be my go-to. It will always be a part of my life in some form.
What has yoga taught you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and how it’s changed your life.