Now I am getting some more ‘me-time’ in whenever I can. I used to be one of those people that was apprehensive of yoga. Not because of any religious reasons, but because it was too calm for me.
I was always one of those people that found relaxation in doing stuff other than being quiet. And that worked for me. Very well. Anything physical other than yoga I could apply myself to I did it.
But lately, maybe because I’m older or I have a house full of kids, or whatever it is I find I now need that quiet time.
Before my second child was born (8 years ago), I explored becoming a yoga instructor. I had already taken a few continuing education yoga courses and began applying what I learned for my own wellbeing at home. I did this for some time and then stopped. I went back to doing my “normal” exercise routines. And that was fine, like I said, until recently.
Taking time to quiet your spirit is priceless. I started out doing 5 minute meditation sessions in the morning. After turning my alarm off, I would get up and the first thing I would do is find a quiet place (which wasn’t hard since I was the only one awake at that time of morning) and sit. I would sit and close my eyes and breathe. I would breathe vveerrryyyy ssslllloooowwwllllyyyy.
Lately, I started changing that routine up just a tad. Now, instead of 5 minute meditation sessions I do 10 minutes of yoga at least twice a week. And I feel great! I wake up so stiff from sleeping (I’ve never had the greatest back), but feel so stretched out and energized after just a 10-minute yoga session! I still do non-quiet activities while incorporating quiet yoga sessions somewhere in my week.
Yoga helps ALOT! It not only helps with relaxation, back pain, stress management, and controlling blood pressure, it can also help with depression, diabetes, menopause, weight loss and weight management, asthma, and patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
Regardless of your reason for practicing yoga, your body will thank you later.
So as you can see I’ve arrived back to the mindset of perhaps becoming a yoga instructor. I believe if you try yoga and you don’t follow through to continue it then wait. Wait for your mind, body, and spirit to let you know when you’re ready to do it again. I mean if I forced it on myself it would do no good when I’m trying to teach clients. Waiting for that moment is the only way for it to “work” for you. You need to be at the place where your mind is open and your body is ready to process the energy flow you experience while doing yoga.
Remember, you don’t need to do hours of yoga to feel the benefits of it. If you don’t believe me try it for just 5 minutes…but only when you’re ready.