I don’t know about you but as I get older, I feel my body more. By that, I mean, I feel niggly aches and pains. I exercise to keep strong body, mind and spirit.
However exercise tightens muscles which needs stretching. I also do yoga, which helps in all sorts of other ways. For me, it strengthens my muscles that have been worked on in the morning. It also helps me relax and calm down after a long day at work.
The benefits of yoga
I was surprised to read stories of people giving up smoking and drinking because of yoga. I had no idea that practicing yoga could do that.
I read a report about a 50 year old man who took up practicing yoga every day at a yoga studio after his wife died. He not only made new friends, but after six months, he stopped drinking heavily and smoking and no longer needed to take antidepressants. He felt happier, was friendlier, developed self compassion and had much better relationships. He said that he felt healthier than he had in his entire life.
Research by Harvard University found that people who practice yoga have a better body image because it allows them to focus inwards, concentrating on breath and body position. They focus less on how they look, and more on how they feel in the here and now. Surveys have shown that people have a healthier outlook on life, better self esteem and a positive body image.
Linda Sparrow says, ‘Yoga begins right where I am not where I was yesterday, or where I longed to be’. Linda lives life through yoga. She is internationally known for being a teacher a writer, a previous editor of yoga magazine among many other things.
What you can do now
- You could find a great yoga studio. I love Annika at Nin Yoga. She lives and breathes yoga. She’s such a gentle fun loving, nurturing human being.
- Take that first step and book a class.
- Talk to the yoga teacher and give them an outline of where you are, health wise. I know because Annika’s teachers welcome you and talk to you about it anyway.
- Before and after class, make eye contact with other students. That’s where friendships begin. You never know what might happen.
My Final Thoughts
As Madonna says, “Yoga is a metaphor for life. You take it really slowly. You can’t skip to the next position. You find yourself in very humiliating situations. But you can’t judge yourself. You just have to breathe, and let go.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could live life like that?
We only get one life to live. Make it count. Life’s too short to worry about what others think of you – just be YOU because YOU are a unique individual.
Let me know if you do yoga, or if you’re going to start yoga. What do you think of it? Did you enjoy it? Did it change your outlook in any way?
Email me and let me know.