This is maybe one of the questions that people ask me most frequently, so I decided to write this post to share it with everyone at once how yoga changed my life.
To be honest, yoga has given me so many benefits that I don’t know where to start… I’m having trouble writing this post. There are so many things I want to share!
I have always been involved with the world of sport, physical exercises and healthy lifestyle.
I always like to try new activities, especially those that challenge myself and those that, besides the physical component, also allow me to develop my creativity.
Last year I decided to try yoga for the first time and I fell in love at first sight.
In the beginning, I was attracted by the physical part. I felt the physical benefits on my body after the first session, so I decided to include yoga as part of my workout routine.
But gradually it grew into something else.
It becomes a practice that keeps myself motivated every day, because it allows me to experiment with my own body.
Each session is different, every day I have the opportunity to develop my creativity trying something new and I also have the freedom to adapt my movements according to what I need.
Without realizing, I have learned to listen to my body, to be aware of what my body needs at the moment.
So yoga becomes a part of my daily life, not only during my moment of practice, but in my life in general.
Through yoga I begin to know myself more and this is helping me to develop my potentials in different aspects, physically, mentally and spiritually.
As I dived more and more into yoga practice, some questions began to appear in my mind. Questions about who I am, what’s the purpose of my life, what the meaning of my life, etc.
Broadly speaking and trying to be brief and concise I could say that yoga has helped me to:
- Relax my mind. I am a very active person and the same movements that happen on my body also happen in my mind. My thoughts used to fly out of control in my head. They were like flies locked in a car, constantly knocking on the windows, looking for an opportunity to go to the outside world. Obviously I still have negative thoughts, but now I’m able to channel and control them. I listen to them, I analyze them, then i put them out of my mind and I don’t let them to take control of my life.
- Accept myself, especially in the physically part. I have always felt comfortable with the way I am. My family has given me values that have shaped my personality. I grew up surrounded by kindness and this has allowed me to become a good person based on love. But in the other side, I had never felt comfortable with my body. I have had serious trouble to accept myself physically, but thanks to the practice of yoga, I slowly learned to accept my own body, I learned to see beauty in those complications that have haunted me in the past. We are all different and that’s what makes us special.
- Learn to love myself, accepting my limitations and developing my potential. Now I believe in me, I trust myself.
- Open myself to the world. I was an introvert that I couldn’t express my feelings. When I practice yoga, I open my heart to the world. Now I’m able to share my feelings with the people I love.
- Beating the fear of rejection, of being wrong of not to be able to act perfectly. I open my mind to the world, to the new things and I venture to do what is outside my comfort zone.
- Disconnect, to enjoy the pleasure of doing nothing. Well, actually I am still working on this. Before, I was always in need to feel that I was doing something productive all the time. Now I have learned that it is important to reserve some time for myself, to take care of myself, to love myself and to enjoy life. It is important to disconnect to be able to reconnect with more energy.
- Feeling light, flexible and agile. I will not lie to you, flexibility comes naturally for me, but with the practice of yoga, I get to go further. When I was doing gymnastics I worked very hard in order to become more elastic, that was my goal. Now, with yoga, there is no limitation of what I should or should not do, but curiously without the limitation or pressure, I’m able to relax and reach higher range of motion.
- Improve my strength, especially in my upper body strength. Before I started doing yoga I was not able to even do a single push- up!
- Follow my intuition, listen to my heart and pursue my dreams.
- Balance my life in several ways; in my nutrition, in my power, in the relation I establish with others, in the positive and negative energies, in giving and receiving, etc.
And the list could go on, but I promised to myself that I wouldn’t write more than 10, so now I have to stop! haha
By the way, in my travels I have had the opportunity to meet many people who have experienced this reality with yoga. I’m so lucky to be able to hear their stories. I’ve learned from all of them.
I would like to hear your story.
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I’m so glad that yoga changed my life!
Love and gratitude