My previous opinion of yoga was that it was boring, too slow, and that I didn’t need it. I mean, I really didn’t see the purpose of some rando telling me to do these weird and uncomfortable poses that I wasn’t even good at. POINTLESS.
But when I moved to LA a couple of years ago, I discovered that yoga was like THE THING to do. So I tried it with a friend and to be honest, I wasn’t impressed. It just wasn’t for me and I wasn’t jumping on the bandwagon by any means. So over the past couple of years, I’ve forced myself into trying it a few more times.
And weirdly, I’m kinda getting into it now.
By all means, I’m still a total newbie, but I’m finally getting the hang of it. I don’t feel like a fish out of water, ya know?
So recently, I made the super courageous decision to get a monthly yoga membership at YogaWorks and I’ve been attempting to go at least twice a week with stretching (plus weight training) on days I don’t go. I’ve kept up with this little routine I’ve got going for about two weeks now and I gotta say…
MAJOR changes have been happening!
As y’all might know, I’m the most unrelaxed person on the planet. I THRIVE on productivity.
It’s my thing.
This get’s me into trouble A LOT, as you might suspect, because I never really turn my brain off or give my body a break during the day. I’ve tried to relax by using my Pranamat ECO and hang out in my serenity corner each night, but I’ve noticed that even if I’m resting my body, my mind WON’T SHUT UP.
Like it’s literally racing a mile a minute, listing off all the to-do’s I have that day or what I’m going to eat for lunch or when I’m going to find time to workout or the next blog post I’m publishing. See the trend here?
It NEVER stops & it gives me major anxiety/stress.
Yoga has done wonders for my sanity in this situation. I am basically forced into quieting my mind and body. I mean, warrior 1, 2, & 3 are all pretty hard to master if your body is stiff and your mind is focused on other stuff. Even though I didn’t love the idea of “being unproductive” and turning off my brain, I realized that doing yoga actually IS productive for me. After my first few classes, it was WAY easier for me to focus on one task at a time in my everyday life. And I felt more present throughout the day!
My body definitely needs a break too, no doubt.
Flexibility is not my strong suit, which is another reason I originally dreaded the idea of yoga. Stretching out muscles can be REALLY painful, let me tell ya. But the trick, I soon learned, is to ease into it.
Don’t push your body too far too fast, basically.
Every time I go to class, I notice my pigeon is a little closer to the floor, my heels are a little farther down in my downward dog, and my warrior lunge is a little deeper. Progress! That’s my main goal here.
Not only has my flexibility improved, but yoga has done WONDERS on sore muscles! I always try to schedule my classes on the day after a heavy workout day. Especially after a leg workout, it’s probably my favorite thing ever right now.
Clearly, I’m getting into yoga more and MORE.
I never thought I’d say that.
I’m learning to be more open-minded every day! You have to try new things to figure out what you like and clearly, I’m liking yoga!
Ok so, what other ways do you give your mind & body a break?!
Do tell, babes.