That Thing Called Yoga

One class was all I needed to justify my dislike for yoga.

 

 

I used to lift weights, occasionally go running and I rarely  stretched. That was all I needed (or so I thought). Stretching,  not to mention yoga, was something I deemed as torturous. I  couldn’t wrap my head around why someone would actually  want to twist themselves into an uncomfortable pretzel-like  position and hold, and hold some more.

Little did I know, every time I worked out without taking a few  minutes to stretch I was doing my body a great disservice.  Furthermore, every time I was offered to take a yoga class and  declined, I was missing out on an amazing physical and  spiritual experience.

One class was all I needed to change my perception of yoga.

Fast forward three years later to my fitness routine in San Diego; I still lift, I sometimes run, I do a lot of yoga and a lot of stretching. The benefits of including these two practices into my old routine are outstanding. So outstanding that it almost makes me mad at myself I didn’t practice these things sooner! Let me share a few of the reasons why you might want to include stretching and or yoga in San Diego into your workout regimen:

One: I can touch my toes. It’s time to say, goodbye kneecaps, hello toes! Fred Turok, chairman of the LA Fitness gym chain which commissioned research for a recent study, states: “Fitness levels in this country are reaching danger levels – not being able to touch your toes sounds laughable, but it is really a national tragedy.”

Two: My muscles are leaner and stronger. Though there are numerous benefits of the physical practice of yoga in San Diego, one advantage of a regular practice is an increase in muscle strength, tone, and weight loss. Michael Winokur, author for The Yoga Journal writes, “when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.”

Three: My mental health has improved ten-fold. You know that little voice in your head that tells you that you’re late for an appointment, or that you have too many things to do, or that you’re tired – we’ll I’ve finally figured out a way of shutting mine up. Granted – it’s still very much present; however, yoga and Pranayama (breathing) has taught me how to calm the activity in my head and control thoughts rather than letting them control me. Ultimately, I have given myself a chance to find rejuvenation through the silencing of the mind. “Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind” – Pantañjali.

If you read this and think, “YES, I am going to do yoga tomorrow!” Then my job here is complete. However, my heart’s intention is not to convince everyone to do yoga right away. My intention is to simply invite you to have an open mind and ask yourself if practicing yoga in San Diego would benefit either your physical body and/ or mental well-being.

 

 

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