Yoga came as an unexpected journey. One that I knew little about and felt quite foreign to me. When I began trying to exercise again a while back after gaining an extensive amount of weight, I sought out something that would work for me. I couldn’t find enough reason to make time for the gym, running was a no-go, and a repetitive workout regimen felt boring. Somehow I came across a yoga sequence and fell in love.
Yoga is more than (what appears to be awkward) posing, it’s a lifestyle. And for me, it was a blessing I didn’t know I needed. It is a connection of mind, body, and spirit. It is a focus on your breath and therefore your peace. It is finding the best in yourself and the best in those around you. It is a fluid movement of your body and a practice of control. It is a meditation and control of thoughts. It is a mindfulness of yourself as well as all that surrounds you. It is a balance of all things and a breaking down of barriers that prevent you from being the best version of yourself.
When I first began trying to practice the sequences of movement, I was surprised at how much of a workout it can be. You awaken muscles you didn’t even know you had. It is a full body involvement. Initially, I was hesitant because I did not think that I could follow through with the poses. And some I could not. However, I was surprised with what I was capable of doing. Some poses came easy, while others were more of a challenge. That was okay, it gave me something to work towards. It allowed me to find areas of openness in my body, as well as areas that were overruled with tension.
While I continue to learn something new each day, I am thrilled with the yogi journey I have been on thus far. I enjoy seeing and feeling the changes. The accomplished feeling of nailing that pose that I thought was impossible for me.
I felt as though I was not flexible or “skinny” enough to practice yoga. I thought the poses were all there was and that there was no way my obese body could accomplish those. I felt as though there were so many barriers, only to later realize there were none except the ones I created.
So why do I yoga? I practice yoga to help me become the best version of myself.
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