Why I Practice Yoga
Lately, I’ve been thinking about why I practice yoga and why I want to teach you how easy it is to start a yoga practice.
What was my very first yoga experience like?
Well, it was probably not what you’d imagine. I was a subscriber to Fitness Magazine in Jr. High and High School and they had loads of info and workouts throughout each issue. At the very end they would have a section devoted to quick workouts. One issue had a quick Yoga/Tai Chi/ Pilates workout that seemed entertaining enough that I wouldn’t get bored. Just by practicing the sequence daily for no more than 20 minutes at a time, I noticed how much more comfortable I felt in my own body. My skin was noticeably tighter and my muscles seemed to be more toned. I felt more flexible and limber. I didn’t even own a mat! I am so thankful I stumbled upon that workout/issue and was open to trying it! Each experience has been different, but each one has only added to my practice as it exists today.
Why did I begin practicing yoga in the first place?
I started looking into yoga because running was sometimes too monotonous and aerobics was not enough. What do I mean by that? Well, running and aerobics like many other forms of cardio, raises your heart rate, but tends to shorten or bulk up your muscles. That is, unless you allow for ample stretching afterward. I would find myself too impatient to devote much time for stretching which often led to excessive soreness and I was more prone to injury. In fact, I seriously injured my knee after pushing myself too hard. I was so incredibly frustrated with myself, that I wasn’t able to do either of the above forms of exercise due to the pain. Structurally my knee was sound, but something wasn’t right. I would rest for months and then ease back into running only to get halfway down the street wincing in pain. I became depressed, angry and so frustrated that I couldn’t take care of myself the way I wanted. I gave yoga another shot. Finally, I practiced in a studio and found answers to questions that had come up while practicing on my mat at home. Things like proper alignment and what to do when certain thoughts arose. On top of that, my knee did not hurt during yoga! I had no idea yoga encompassed cardio, stretching and strength training all while practicing mindfulness! It really is at the very least a 3 in 1 practice. By practicing certain poses in a rhythm matching your breath, you also increase your lung capacity, reduce stress and learn how to deal with issues off the mat in your daily life. I cannot tell you how many times people have commented on how calm I am. Do you know how surprising it is for me to hear this about myself?! HA! The first time I heard that I laughed. This is why I practice yoga!
Why do I want to teach others? Doesn’t it terrify me?
The thought of standing and speaking in front of others has a tendency to shake me up a bit. One thing I have learned through educating others on the topic of essential oils is that it is totally worth it. I’ve helped many people become empowered to take responsibility for their own health. This means I am helping them improve their lives. I am learning that due to my introverted nature I have to remain true to me and recharge in between teaching events. When I practice self-care, I am fully ready to lead others and share what I know! Instead of having a “can’t” mindset, I have the tools to change my mentality to; I truly can.
3 summers ago teaching my sister how to do Tripod on a paddleboard!
I hope you will give yoga a try. There are so many different types of yoga. You can find one to suit your preferences.
I am trained as a Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, but since having my son, I noticed I needed something less strenuous with less heat. That is the beauty of Yoga. It will meet you wherever you are physically or mentally.
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