I can’t believe I am admitting this, but I really like yoga. Now, this has not always been the case. As someone with a mind that never seems to turn off, I was never able to fully experience the benefits of practicing yoga. However, things have changed.
As you can see from some of my other blog posts, the pandemic has introduced many different things into my life. One of them being a new love for yoga.
Like I mentioned before, I never liked yoga. When I had the time to do a workout, I would never even think of doing a yoga class. I love doing strength and cardio classes, and yoga just wasn’t something that appealed to me.
Because I spend the majority of my day sitting at a desk on my computer, many issues have come about. My back constantly aches, I am experiencing pain in my shoulders, and my mental health has definitely taken a hit. Over the last few months, I noticed that I wasn’t able to be as productive, because of all the implications that derive from working from home. I decided it was time to find something that could relieve some of my pain, while also allowing my mind to take a rest.
In comes… yoga! I figured that I should at least give it a try for 2 weeks, and if I hated it, I would find something else. Well, it only took 3 classes for me to become obsessed. I have experienced so many benefits.
- It allows me to take 30-45 min to completely focus on myself, and my breathing, without any distraction
- It is a good workout. Focussing on my balance, and working on my core, has been super beneficial to my other workouts
- Improves flexibility
- It has allowed me to become interested in meditation and breathing techniques, which will be helpful for my anxiety/mental health
- Relieves pain, AKA my back and shoulders are no longer crying
- Always uplifts my mood
I could list so many more benefits. It seriously has done wonders for me. I never thought I would be someone that encourages people to try yoga, however, I am going to be that person. I highly recommend trying a yoga class, or following a yoga video on YouTube.
If you are someone who regularly practices yoga, please send any recommendations for videos/people to follow