I’m the first to admit I’m not very good at yoga. I’m still so stiff and sometimes I get a head rush from being in downward dog a little too long. I don’t hold poses for nearly as long as I should. The longest session I’ve ever done at home is 20 minutes. I’m sporadic at best with practice.
Even with all downsides in my own inconsistent practice, I have experienced far more benefits.
When I practice yoga, I’m all in. I don’t think about anything else. I concentrate on the poses. It takes on a very meditative state. This then reminds me that even though I don’t think I do very well with meditation because my mind wanders a lot during guided sessions, I’m doing better than I think. I’m specifically taking what I learn and applying it to something else.
And since I’m all in, I feel like I’m a better listener and I’m completely present with others. Recently a colleague told me that I’m a good listener. She said I listen with my whole body and make the other person feel like they have really been heard. Yoga has been instrumental in making that happen.
I have also discovered through yoga I’m so much more balanced. I do a five minute basic yoga and stretching session every single morning right after my shower. It has become a habit as I don’t even think about it. It’s just what I do as a part of my morning routine: shower, lotion, and yoga in that order.
Because I feel more balanced, I’m more confident in doing simple poses at the end of my workout at the gym. It doesn’t matter to me how I look to others. It matters how I look to me and how it makes me feel on the inside. I might look like a stiff chicken in reality, but in my mind I’m an elegant swan.
Yoga has been instrumental in me becoming an attentive listener, being more present, having better balance, and increasing my confidence.
I would say yoga is a game changer.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.