This week I discovered that I do not like yoga! I am not surprised by this realization because when I work out I love to move around and “feel the burn”. I run a a lot, and thankfully, I am good at it. It helps to clear my mind and shed excess weight. I wasn’t always a runner though, and even after a few weeks of no running, it is quite a chore to do until I gain some fitness back. I much prefer lifting weights because this is when I feel my body working at it’s full potential.
Part of the P90X program I am doing involves one day of Yoga, for 90 minutes. I am aware that yoga is tough, but when I tried it this week I didn’t enjoy the fact that I felt pretty bored. I couldn’t reach some of the poses, and I was constantly falling over. I became frustrated, and so I turned the video off. I had to spend some time looking up information on yoga before I could convince myself that I should keep going. Until you can stay in position, and learn to breath, it actually quite a task to keep ranging positions. There was no relaxation until over 45minutes into the session. In the end, I got a full body workout and I was very sweaty, so I am happy that I pushed through it!
While trying to find motivation to keep doing the yoga, I came to realization that yoga has many physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Therefore, just like running and eating healthy foods, I want to make it a part of who I am. For this reason, even though I may moan and groan as I twist my body into new unreachable positions (and then try to stay there “breathing”), I will keep trying so that I can improve and start to feel the benefits.
Here’s what yoga can do for you…
Physically – Tone, strengthen, and increase flexibility. Improve respiration, energy, and vitality. It will help to balance your metabolism. Pain relief. Yoga helps you look and feel younger, as well as increase athletic performance.
Mentally – Yoga helps you to relax and handle stress more easily. It teaches you how to quieten the mind, focus your energy, and encourage positive thoughts.
Spiritually – It builds awareness of your body, your feelings, and the world around you.