It’s been over two months now that I’ve been actively attending a gym and loving it I might add. It’s a no brainer that working out and being active is good for you. I’m definitely seeing changes and it feels great. My gym offers quite an array of classes and it’s been fun to challenge myself and try a bunch of them. Out of all the fitness classes I’ve done though, yoga has taken me by surprise and is now the one class I refuse to miss! Yoga is not only a challenge physically, but it’s benefited me emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well.
I was a little intimidated with yoga at first. They use all these words that I wasn’t familiar with and have you twist in crazy poses that frankly look terrifying. As with anything in life, the more you do it the easier it gets. It took me a couple classes to connect with the poses, at least it did for me, so give it a little time. I love that there is no judgement in yoga. It’s a big misconception that yoga classes are filled with all these really flexible people that make it look easy. Yoga is very much about being on your own journey and making sure you do what feels right for your body in each pose and position you do. There are people of all shapes and sizes in my class. People with no flexibility and then others that have most certainly been doing yoga for years. One lady even wears her high heels to yoga. No judgment here, get it girl. The no-judgement zone really helped take away some of the anxious feelings I had about not knowing what the heck I was doing once I had rolled out my yoga mat. I find this refreshing.
I think the biggest thing I’ve taken out of yoga is how it’s helped my mind and spirit. I honestly can’t say this enough. It has been so refreshing for me. Being a social worker is emotionally and mentally draining to say the least. Most days are an uphill climb without a lot of time to sit and process the craziness that each day brings. Thanks to yoga I really feel like I’m addressing my emotional, mental and spiritual needs on a weekly basis. It’s not found in a glass of wine, or a marathon of whatever TV show I’m addicted to on Netflix, or even in the aisles of Old Navy. Although all of these things are great, yoga has now become a healthy outlet for me. Yoga is all about your breathing. It’s focused on in every class and is used as a way to help guide you through your practice. Each class ends with a few minutes of silence where you lay on your mat and focus on nothing more than your breathing. It’s pretty crazy what this can do for the soul. It’s helped me realize how busy my mind is and how much we don’t allow ourselves even just a few minutes of quiet meditation a day. I know I sound like some yoga nut but the way I feel after a yoga class is undeniable. I wish I would have listened to Cat years ago and started yoga way sooner.
My instructor read this quote in class recently:
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."
Being an adult can sometimes feel overrated. It comes with challenges, hiccups and quite a lot of bills. Today I challenge you to find some time for yourself that isn’t filled with anything but yourself and a little healthy TLC. Whether it’s five minutes of meditation, reading that book you’ve been wanting to finish or finding a yoga class in your area and getting started! The time is now!