This article is a bit of an ode to yoga but let me start off by saying that I didn’t always feel this strongly about yoga. In fact I was rather on the fence about the whole practice for many years. I was awkward and inflexible and just a general mess on my mat.
It was only until I found the right teacher that was just the right mix of friendly, encouraging and probably a whole lot of polite! Lol! Because he never made me feel silly even though I felt so silly not knowing what to do while everyone in the class seemed to be fluent in Sanskrit.
Fast forward just a few years later and I became a yoga teacher. The journey from yoga novice to teacher didn’t happen overnight and took not only my body but my mind and spirit on a transformational journey.
Flexibility & Strength
In this unprecedented time of a global pandemic and a lockdown – now is the time to delve deeper into this thousands year old practice that has so much more to offer than flexibility. Let me squash one myth right here – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA.
In fact, if you ever had aspirations of becoming a little more flexible – yoga is what you should be doing. One of the many reasons I love it is – yoga is the most inclusive form of movement I have ever come across. It caters for everyone, young and old, able bodied or disabled.
A lesser known benefit of yoga that most hard core gym rats have no idea about is that yoga can make you super strong and protect your body from injury.
If you have a generally stressful life and in this crazy time we are living in, suffering from anxiety – yoga is the ideal way to manage your stress levels and keep your anxiety at bay. It has been proven to calm your parasympathetic nervous system down, making you feel like you’re walking on sunshine.
Living in the present
In modern day life, with us having everything and everyone at our fingertips, it has become harder and harder to stay present in the moment. Yoga has this amazing ability to make you forget everything outside of the pose you are trying to get into. It sounds silly, but concentrating on not falling out of a pose can be the ideal break for your mind from all others stresses and issues you may be dealing with.
Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity
When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph (a viscous fluid rich in immune cells). This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning.
I could go on and on about the exhaustive list of reasons you should be doing yoga, but you would still have to get onto your mat yourself and try it to see what journey it takes you on. Don’t overwhelm yourself – start slow – even if it is just 5 minutes and build from there. There is alot of free content online that you could try. Be patient with yourself and whatever you do, do not compare yourself to the pictures you see on Instagram!
Happy Healthy Fabulous
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