There are a lot of reasons for us to stay away from yoga. Maybe you have an idea in your head about little ladies wrapped up like pretzels or chiseled dudes with their butts high in the air. Everyone in skin tight spandex. No doubt practicing non-gluten, no-calorie diets and doing things like organic community gardening and aromatherapy in their spare time. Even their bare feet are perfectly proportioned! But in those quiet moments of solitary reflection, haven’t you ever asked yourself this question: What if yoga is REALLY GREAT, and I am just unwilling to try it because I think it’s not for me? Like, sure, it’s probably fun and healthy for other people, but not for me (insert your
excuse explanation here).
Well, in case you were wondering, here’s the answer: You are wrong. Yoga really is REALLY GREAT, FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING YOU. In fact, it’s probably one of the BEST THINGS you can do to stay stronger for longer. And there’s nothing about it that’s a pain in the neck: it doesn’t cost a lot of money, there are yoga studios everywhere. The people are nice (all yogis are nice), and you really don’t have to wear spandex.
Just gently stretching your muscles can have a wondrous effect on body and mind. You don’t have to do all the crazy stuff; you just have to move and breathe. Anyone can do that, including you! You’ll be amazed at how good your body feels when it’s had a chance to wake up and remember what it’s capable of doing. And along with that (don’t ask me how) there comes a certain mental calmness and clarity. That’s right. This is not a joke. Life’s challenges really do seem a little less daunting after a bit of moving and breathing. Yoga makes you feel like you are back in the game, getting in the groove, the zone, finding your mojo, whatever you want to call it. It just feels good.
So, what do you say? Do you want to feel a bit stronger, more limber, more comfortable in your body? Would you enjoy more mental clarity, more focus at work? How about a little less anxiety and a little more peace in your day? Then you owe it to yourself to give yoga a try. Move, breathe, stretch those muscles and tendons, limber up those joints—that’s what they’re there for! Feel good, strong, capable, and confident. Your body will thank you because (drum roll please…) your body is you!