For years I was always too afraid to practice yoga.
“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”
If you scroll on Yogi pages on Instagram or FaceBook or anywhere on the internet, they all look very advanced and intimidating. I always had this silly feeling that they would show you up in classes and make you look like a fool because you can’t do what they can do. I also didn’t think I was strong enough and I have always struggled with balance. I literally can’t even walk in a straight line lol so that always deterred me as well.
After my last break up, I felt like I needed to start doing something for myself. I wanted some kind of healthy escape from my thoughts and my feelings. Working out and running have always sufficed but when it came to this, it just wasn’t enough. I wanted to break free from the torture of my mind and I thought, you know maybe this is the right time to really push myself. I am not quite sure how I narrowed it down to yoga, but to be honest it has been my golden ticket.
Without even noticing, Yoga has drastically improved not just my mental health but also my physical health.
My mind is ALWAYS going a million different directions and I am the biggest over thinker. I will literally make something that means nothing into a huge deal and always think of the worst scenario because for some reason my brain is just inclined to do that. Every session that I attend frees me from the chains of my thoughts. For at least that hour I am completely focusing on my body and what it needs, instead of thinking about everything that is happening around me or my personal life. That alone is enough for me to say that Yoga has drastically changed my life.
Besides the mental benefit, my body is stronger, I have more balance and I have toned up drastically. Just a session a week over the course of a few months has helped me get into better shape. If anyone tells you that Yoga is easy and is only for females, they are literally the most uneducated and biased person ever (you should probably not talk to them lol). It always dumbfounds me to see how huge the attending ratio between women and men is. Every class that I have been to only has a couple of guys in it. Ya’ll are missing out!
Here is a list of other ways that Yoga can improve your life:
- Increases Patience
- Increases Endurance
- Increases Concentration
- Helps Flexibility
- Betters Posture
- Increases Blood Flow
- Relaxes your System
- Increases Self Esteem
I am no where near how advanced I would like to be one day and there is always so much room for improvement but I am moving towards the right direction. Yoga is not a trend, yoga is a way to better your life for the better in so many ways and if I regret anything in my life it is how I have let fear control my life, especially in the aspect of starting my yoga practice.
It is never too late to start.