As you have probably noticed, I talk about yoga a lot. It’s not the only way I move my body but over the past few years it has become my most favorite. To be completely honest, like most, I initially got interested in the practice strictly for the fitness benefits and that has truly paid off. But what I didn’t realize when I started was how yoga would transform my life in so many other even more beneficial ways. Why do I practice yoga?
1. It feels so good that I crave it. After a yoga practice my entire body is fully relaxed, stretched, more flexible and stronger. Especially after a run or kickboxing, I need yoga.
2. Yoga has reminded me to live in the moment because time passes by so quickly even more so as I grow older. When I start to practice I make sure to have no interruptions so that I can focus and enjoy the short amount of time I have to give to yoga.
3. Yoga has made me feel more grateful for everything that I have in my life. How? I am not sure, it just happens and it’s simply amazing.
4. I have always been a klutz, tripping and falling while rarely able to keep my balance. Yoga has greatly improved my balance. Even when I am in a complicated pose and start to lose my balance, I can get it back and not fall over.
5. Yoga is calming and that feeling is taken away with me long after I walk away from my mat. After a morning yoga practice I take the day in better stride.
6. Yoga has taught me to be more considerate of others and realize that everybody has a story.
7. Yoga has also taught me to forgive, maybe not always forget because I like to learn from every experience, but to try and understand why people do what they do and accept the things that I cannot change.
I could go on and on but I think that you get the point. I practice yoga because it has transformed my life in the most positive ways possible.