Lets just get stuck in with the 237 Reasons why I do Yoga...!
1: Feels really good
2: And that good feeling lasts all day after I've stepped off my mat...
3: There's no fall out - no aches like after a run, no hangover after that fun night...what happened that night anyway?...
4: I sleep better
5: I'm more positive
6: Helps with hormone regulation
7: Makes PMT manageable
8: Yoga is non competitive and encourages non-judgement - I don't give myself a hard time about small stuff
9: An excuse to buy sexy, bum sculpting leggings & mats… yes I said it…
10: Yoga has helped me live in the moment - and enjoy that moment
11: I feel more compassionate
12: I seek deeper human connection
13: I let go of self-limiting beliefs (or try to…)
14: Yoga stimulates my creativity
15: I create a beautiful space to practice Yoga and my students appreciate it
16: During Yoga postures self awareness is prevalent
17: I'm less reactive and more reflective
18: I'm inspired by other teachers and pupils
19: I create an awesome community
20: I concentrate on my breath - that can be the biggest challenge!
21: I create a steady and even breath and notice how that affects my body and mind
22: I focus internally and find quietness
23: I breathe deeply and feel relaxed
24: I notice what comes up - without judgement
25: Tuning into tension in the body
26: Realise how I'm feeling emotionally
27: Release tension - with a big sigh - aaaahhhhhhhh
28: Lion's breath - how funny looking is that?!
29: Practising breathing techniques can be challenging, revealing and empowering
30: Kapalabati - Shining Skull Breath - makes you look radiant and you never have to wear make up again - google it
31: Laughing Yoga - if you haven't tried it - put it on your bucket list…
32. Yoga boosts our immune system
33: Yoga - any time, any where!
34: If I don't practice for a while it doesn't matter - just get back on the bike - without judgement, of course
35: Chanting - try it, you might like it
36: Yoga is for everyone
37: You don't have to be flexible - if you can't touch your toes - bend your knees
38: The knowing is in the doing- "practice and all is coming" BKS Iyengar
39: Tune into nature and the seasons
40: Be more - do less
41: Judge… less
42: Reduce self-destructive behaviours
43: I've found cravings and addictions have lessened - less of the "I want, I want" - more of "I accept...and thank you"
44: Stress reduces
45. Improved body/mind connection and awareness
46. I've experienced different ways of reaching a meditative state ranging from; staring at a lemon to alternate nostril breathing. This stuff works.
47: Being a Yoga teacher is the best job in the world!
So I'm biased, yes, Yoga can be tough and a bit grim...when we're hanging on in a posture and we can't find that ease in our breath it is really challenging. When I'm teaching I embrace a light-hearted approach. Tree pose; press your foot to your thigh, turn up the corners of your mouth, it works every time. Try Laughing Yoga.
Yoga has helped me through stressful times - when I was really stressed - that was the hardest time to roll out the mat…
I knew I'd come back to it when I was ready. Yoga has helped me mentally. By cultivating a non-judgemental attitude I could come back to my mat -when it was the right time for me. I didn't berate myself. I gave a big sigh, felt a bit teary and it was just like getting back on that bike.
Watch this space for reasons 48 - 237 !