After practicing yoga for a consistent 2 years now, I can’t help but want to share yoga with the world. I probably bug my closest friends about yoga 99.9% of the time. When something is benefitting your life so much, you just can’t help but tell everybody about it. It is like that cute romance book you read in your teenage years that you couldn’t wait to tell everybody about.
When I first started going to yoga, I was terrified. Similar to any new workout or experience we take on for the first time, it was uncomfortable. I remember my very first yoga class like it was yesterday. How out of place I felt. How badly I just wanted to go home because I wasn’t good enough or I couldn’t do the poses that everyone else around me was doing. But I kept going back, and bettering myself. I thought to myself, if I quit now, I will never really know what all this rave about yoga was truly about.
And it all makes sense now.
My passion for yoga is partly because of the massive difference it’s made to my health, physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga has changed my whole life for the better. Yoga takes you inside of yourself on such a deep level, a level that you didn’t think could be reached. You learn to love and honor your body in a way that no one else can. It is a time to appreciate who you are and go within that space. But it’s taken time, and it’s taken persistence, and it’s taken hard work.
The biggest question people always ask me when I tell them about yoga is:
“But is it really a workout?”
UM you bet your a$% it’s a workout! My body has never worked so hard in its life (OK so I am exaggerating a little). But anyways, I can’t blame people for asking this question, because I once questioned the same thing. Yoga really does challenge your body to move a certain way, all while building muscle. It is an extreme ab and butt kicker. And girl, HOT yoga, now that is a whole new level of workout. Of course there are all sorts of modifications and different yoga classes you can take, depending on what you are trying to benefit from yoga.
Another question, well rather statement I hear a lot as well is:
“Yoga’s just not me.”
What do you mean yoga’s just not you?
What does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means.
It means that you don’t think you are the type of person who does yoga and you know you’ll feel uncomfortable and out of place when you go into a class and you don’t want to feel that way.
It means you have a rigid idea of your identity in your head and you’re holding on to that because it makes you feel comfortable. Well comfort is overrated. Nothing good ever comes from comfort zones. Literally. Comfort is overrated. Comfort kills.
So… my challenge to you here is… if you’ve been thinking about doing yoga but something is holding you back, or you’ve done a bit here and there and not yet developed a regular practice, ask yourself:
“What’s holding me back from practicing yoga?”
Yoga will make the biggest difference in your life when YOU want to change, when YOU want to heal.
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink”.
I know that I can’t make you want to transform your life. I can’t make you not afraid. That’s a choice YOU have to make. It’s a choice I have to respect. There is ALWAYS time in our lives for the things we make a priority. And I hope you make time for the things you love, whatever that may be.
If this article in any way has persuaded you to try something new, even if that thing isn’t yoga then YAY ME. I have accomplished my goal hehe.
If you any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. I would love to give my input or help anyone that I can :)
I am in no means a yoga expert and I am far from where I went to be in my practice. Each day I better myself and each day I discover something new about my body and the way it works. Yoga is just something I am very passionate about and I wanted to share that with you all.
Always remember that everything you need, your courage, strength, love, and compassion, everything you need is already within you.