Now you might be rolling your eyes, but let me explain. I have always been a pretty anxious person. Always replaying conversations in my head, wondering if what I said was dumb. Constantly waisting my time worrying about absolutely nothing. I read somewhere (on a dove wrapper) that most of the things we worry about never happen. And that is absolutely true. But before yoga I didn't care about that. Even if there was no reason to worry, I worried like it was my job. Brittany the worrier. I know I'm not alone, probably why anxiety meds do so well. After my first yoga class I was hooked. I never felt so worry free. Of course worries do come back, but they were significantly reduced. I continue to practice yoga because it reduces my anxiety, but there are a few other reasons I love yoga.
- Yoga is a practice, therefore no matter how long you have been practicing there will always be more poses you can work towards. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my post from last week of my handstand, which took three years. Yoga makes you feel proud in so many ways. You don't need to do a handstand to be proud either, just getting my butt to the studio makes me proud on certain days.
- Yoga makes me feel strong. Yes I still go to the gym and lift weights, but the strength that you get from yoga is totally different.
- Yoga teaches you awareness and it leaks into your life like you wouldn't believe.
- It's fun! As much as its hard its equally as fun, especially if you have great teachers like I do at Simplicity Yoga Studio.
- It gives you the most amazing stretch. You might be thinking, "I don't need to stretch". I promise you that once you do yoga you'll become accustomed to the stretching, and if you don't go even for a day or two your body feels like off. You would think this would make me practice everyday but that doesn't happen.
- It gives me a chance to focus on myself. Everyone has so much going on in their lives that it is easy to forget about yourself, but as my yoga teacher Rosanne says "you can best serve others in this life if you take good care of yourself". If you don't take care of yourself others around you are affected. This is especially true if you are a mother.
- I'm skeptical about this one, but I think yoga might be part of the reason why I don't get nearly as many migraines anymore. I used to get migraines everyday in high school. I went to the neurologist and was prescribed medicine to take everyday and when I got a migraine. That was about 10 years ago (holy moly time flies) and I recently stopped taking the daily medicine. I am down to one migraine a month, sometimes less. (According to one of the articles I found a decrease in migraines is found with people who practice yoga after 3 months)
These are great, but they are just how yoga makes me feel. Here are some articles to help validate what I said.
Yoga Dork- yoga and psychiatric disorder
Huffington Post- how yoga changes your body
Self- how yoga improves your life
If you're skeptical, or nervous, just DO IT! If you hate it, never do it again. There is no reason why you shouldn't give it a try. If you feel like you look like an idiot, you probably do, but I looked like an idiot when I started too. You have to start somewhere. If you love yoga, comment below. If you have any questions shoot me an email. I love helping new yogis!