How Yoga Changed My Life
You probably are either deciding if including a yoga practice in your daily routine or you’ve just started your yoga lessons and looking for someone to reassure you. Either way, you’re in the right place. I’m not a long-time yogini, I’ll tell you. I have started practicing hatha yoga only one year ago. It’s not a long time, but keep reading for what a constant yoga practice can do for your life.
- My body is no longer my enemy. There was a period in my life where I honestly couldn’t trust my body. I couldn’t recognize it as part of myself, as it would do things I didn’t agree with, and it didn’t support me when I needed it. I bet you all know that feeling of betrayal when some sickness hits you: I went through 10 years where literally every sickness I could get, I got. I was always sick, weak and I developed a quite annoying cervical herniated disc. I went through some months of physiotherapy, and then my therapist suggested me I’d go on with yoga. Best suggestion – and decision – ever. I’ve never suffered from the kind of pain I used to suffer before: yoga, if done with a skilled teacher, can really help your spine issues.
- I always feel full of energy. When I started doing yoga many other things had just shifted in my life. But I’m giving credit to my constant yoga practice for my high levels of energies (well, the chakra meditation is helping a lot too). I seldom feel tired and drained, something that I used to experience a lot in the past.
- I can touch my feet. This is a big one for me! I was never flexible, not even as a child. I’ve always suffered because of this, especially when I danced as a child. All the stretching they made us do it didn’t do a thing to my stiffness. Yoga did miracles in less than one year!
- My anger levels went down a lot. Again, this might have been because of other reasons, but as I perceive it, yoga helped and helps me a lot with my overall mood. I have more tolerance, acceptance and I’m less grumpy. Win-win!
- I finally followed through. I am that kind of chick that never follows through. I have done pretty much everything in my life, without excelling at anything. I have studied piano, guitar, I danced, I went to some pilates lessons, I studied to become a dub actress (I’m not even joking here), I graduated in fashion and costume and I’m currently working in web communication. I always go to my yoga lessons, come rain or shine.
- My body now feels whole. This can be weird to explain and I’m not sure I can explain it altogether! Let me just tell you that after a couple of lessons I had to take out my tongue piercing. I put it the back after the lesson but after a short while I couldn’t put it back anymore. I felt as if a foreign body was lodged in my mouth (which it was of course) but I’d had that piercing for 5 years and never removed it (aside from x-rays). I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden piercings annoyed me as something that didn’t belong to my body. Now, only the ears remain!
- Meditation is a lot easier. I noticed that silencing my mind is a lot easier since I began doing yoga. It also is way easier if I meditate right after a yoga session. Blame it on the prana, the relaxation or the breathing techniques, meditation comes more natural since yoga!
- I met a bunch of lovely people. Last but not least, I met a lot of lovely people at yoga lessons, starting from my amazing teacher. He studied Hatha Yoga at the Sivananda Vedanta Academy and he learned Kriya Yoga from the Indian master Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath. He’s a lovely person and he really loves what he does; of course, he’s a great teacher and he doesn’t only teaches us asanas, he also teaches us the philosophical aspects of yoga, he helps us meditate, he guides us through various pranayama techniques and he’s always smiling. Could it be that yoga makes us more relaxed and overall more pleasant?
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That’s all for today’s post. I’m sure that I could find more yoga benefits if I thought about it some more. I think that these 8 ways yoga benefits my life every day are enough to give it a thought, or to rest assured yoga is right for everyone, even for you!
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