Okay, so let me digress a little here as I talk from my heart and off the top of my head. Yoga has been a part of my life for many years and were it not for a good friend introducing me to it, I would have never picked it up. Man, I can’t tell you how resistant I was in the beginning, because Yoga just didn’t look like it was effective or could hold its own that what I considered workout to be – namely sweating in the gym and bringing myself to the edge of what my body could do. That was such a bogus way of doing things that I can only shake me head at past-me. I mean, I’m a girl and my goal was only to be fit and healthy, not become a muscle packed heroine! 😀
The first reason I fell in love with Yoga is its opposite nature to what I had known. It is serene, relaxing, and soon after I started doing it, I began to experience a peace of mind that I had not known for a long time. Yoga is about the inner workings of yourself as much as it is about your physique. Both your body and mind need to be in great condition in order for you to be healthy long term. Sure, I’ve heard that particular bit of wisdom many times in my life, but only through Yoga did I begin to understand how true it really was. There is so much more to a healthy life than just working out and burning calories. It’s silly to me how obvious this is and yet it was somehow unclear to me.
The second reason why I love Yoga is right in line with the first one, because after a while I began to have a healthier sleep, far better mornings (Yoga in the morning is fantastic to start the day) and I felt more energized throughout the day. This started to make life as a whole so much easier than I was used to. Suddenly, going to work was a breeze by comparison and I found myself much less stressed by my job. This is when I realized I had found something that I had been missing, a fitness-ingredient that truly produced a fundamental difference.
A friend of mine has a passion for martial arts, mainly Kung-fu. It turns out they use certain Yoga sequences for their warm up and cool down before and at the end of every training. So Yoga is not just a new age thing, it is actually used by Kung-fu masters to complement their training, in particular for the purpose of stretching. I don’t know if everyone does this, but at the school my friend goes to, they do! I find this very encouraging, because to this day, I see people belittling Yoga as something silly or esoteric, just like I once did.
The third reason I enjoy Yoga so much is that it still does what it needs to do physically. A good Yoga burn is gets rid of more calories than it looks, while helping you to become more flexible. More often than not, I was drenched in sweat at the end of my sequences. If you’re not, then you’re not doing it long enough 🙂 Add some more and you’ll see how effective it can be. You know, I’ve come to realize that Yoga is an ancient type of exercise and anything with such a long history has its merits. People in India have been doing it for untold millennia, right?
My fourth and final reason why I love Yoga is … because you look good doing it 😉 I mean come on, once you have mastered the poses and sequences, you look like a Nymph doing it. So if you choose to do Yoga in a local park on a hot summer day, maybe even together with other Yogis, you may find yourself happy to display what you have come to appreciate and maybe you can get someone else interested in it, too!