My yoga journey didn't exactly start out very "zen" or naturally. I actually originally started yoga because my mom did it and would not stop trying to get me to start it. But I was your typical teenager with the "ugh mom no", "it's not a workout", "it's too easy, I would rather go to the gym", etc. etc. etc. I genuinely just didn't want to and I didn't feel like it would be my kind of thing. Young and in denial, obviously.
My yoga "journey" started very slowly, as you can probably tell from how the story starts. I actually started with YouTube videos for the majority of the beginning. This was a great way for me to start. I didn't have the intimidatmidation of classes and I could pick and choose from a bunch of different types of videos - which really allowed me to dip my toes and try different types. I really only went to two or three yoga classes before I moved to Denmark three years ago. It really wasn't until then that my committed yoga practice began. My beloved yoga studio actually opened the same week, that I moved into my apartment in Aarhus. Then I thought it was just a coincidence. Now I see it as fate or meant to be or whatever you would like to call it. There was lots of other options for classes at this studio too, it wasn't just yoga, which I really loved. Especially because it was classes that I had never tried before and never had the opportunity too. Which also made it more attractive to me because I've never seen myself as the "just yoga" type. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just love a good, intense workout that really gets my pulse up.
My point is that, this journey didn't start in some magical, perfect way. Quite the contrary actually. But, and this is going to sound very voodoo but, it was like it has taken me a while but I had finally reached a point where my journey could truly begin. Not that YouTube wasn't a surprisingly great option, it really was, but I love the energy and vibe of a class. I swear sometimes it felt like I was flying home after classes. These were my first experiences of that "post yoga feel". I remember walking home one evening after a class and just smiling the whole way home and it wasn't just because it was a great class, I just felt a sense of calm and happiness that radiated from within. And honestly, I know it was yoga because my life was so chaotic at that point in time, I really wasn't happy and found it very hard to feel gratitude or happiness or any of those wonderful warm feelings. But that one night I swear I was just feeling grateful for everything. I was grateful for my new home, the beautiful city, my family, my friends, my body, my mind, and just everything in life. All because of an hour of yoga. If you think about that for a second, that is incredible. I was just high on life for the first time in an incredibly long time. I felt like myself again. And it has only grown from there.
For my list loving people here are the benefits of practice yoga
- improves flexibility
- healthy joints
- protects/builds up your spine (back-pain people this is very important)
- boosts immunity
- decrease blood pressure
- lowers cortisol levels
- increases the ability to focus
- improves your nervous system
- better sleep
- boosts your immune system
- can aid with digestion
- focus on your breathing
So if you're feeling run down, dealing with some stress or anxiety, maybe you have some back problems (I will cover this in another Yoga Series post), or maybe you just want to try something new. Maybe challenge yourself a bit and get out of your comfort zone. That is 100% how I felt when I started and it is still one of the best decisions I have ever made. Those things that are most out of our comfort zone, tend to be the things that have the largest impact on us. So do something good for yourself today or tomorrow and just give it a try. Maybe go to a class with a friend or start like me, YouTube... :)
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