The truth about why I do yoga August 16 2014, 0 Comments

Yoga takes me to another place. A happy place!

After yoga I feel a lightness, like I could float away. As if I haven’t a care in the world. Even on heavier days when I feel as if I’m carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders I feel lighter and more energised.

Yoga stretches me. It stretches my mind and my body. It challenges me and I like a challenge.

It takes me back to the good old days of warm ups at jazz ballet. Muscles, tendons and deep fascia stretching, slowly lengthening and softening.  

Yoga is my constant teacher. It encourages me not to compare myself to others, even when I’m tempted to look around. Yoga reminds me we're all so different and all on unique journeys. While I may have good general flexibility, particularly in my hamstrings, I have THE puniest triceps you’ve EVER seen! But that is ok. 

Yoga teaches me to slow down. To just breathe. To be more present. Then to breathe some more.

It keeps me calm in peak hour traffic and reduces any risk of road rage! It gets me through my days with more ease.

Despite its endless benefits, it's when I need yoga most, that I may skip a class. Sometimes a day turns into two, occasionally it turns into a week. I start to stiffen and tense up again from my day job working at the computer. That’s when I know that I have neglected my practice and myself. 

Luckily, yoga calls me back. Like a holiday, screaming at me that it will fix me, de-stress and unravel any tension that has accumulated. And it always does.

I may go into class flustered from my day, wondering what to cook for dinner, yet I leave clearer, calmer and more relaxed. 

Yoga helps solve my problems. It's often during yoga when I get flashes of insight, business ideas and solutions to problems that may have plagued me for days. These insights, ideas and solutions come out of nowhere and I just smile, thinking how happy I am that I made it to my mat that day.

Yoga allows me to connect with myself. It helps me get to know myself better. The good, the bad and the ugly. As many say, yoga isn’t just a practice – it’s a way of life. I tend to agree.

If I had to summarise… 

The benefits of yoga continue long after you leave your mat. Try out a few different styles and studios to find what works best for you. You can read more about the different styles of yoga here.

If you haven't tried yoga, book into a class today. You won't be sorry. #bestthingieverdid

A fab resource for finding local yoga classes in Australia is http://www.findyoga.com.au/ 

If you prefer to practice at home you may like to check out a range of free or subscription based yoga classes online such as YogaGlo or Eckhart Yoga. I find Kino's YouTube videos helpful as well.

Looking for new yoga leggings or a mat to stand out from the crowd - check out my online store here.

If you already love what yoga offers your body and mind, I’d love to hear about why you couldn’t live without yoga!

What would your top 10 benefits be? Or if yoga isn't your thing, what is?

Go ahead and leave a comment below! ☮ 

“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” - B.K. S Iyengar