Some start their day with a cup of coffee as their only hope for energy as they unenthusiastically head to work. Add a full day of deadlines on their mind and rush hour traffic to the mix and youve got yourself a recipe for high blood pressure, anxiety and even depression.
Not me. I start my day differently because I want practical, beneficial and positive results. I start every day with yoga. It gives me the energy I need and completely clears my mind before I join the rat race ahead of me. No matter how busy I am or how much pressure Im under, I start the day feeling relaxed and peaceful which makes the less enjoyable parts of my day seem manageable.
I live to do yoga and do yoga to live. I would not be the person I am without a daily routine that includes yoga.
It boggles my mind how many pills and so-called quick fixes there are for everything that yoga does naturally. The benefits go beyond what any scientist could create in a lab or manufacture in a factory.
-Improved Flexibility and Balance
Any time a friend tells me how stiff their muscles and joints are or how uncoordinated they seem, I always recommend yoga. Even the simplest routines take the joints through their full range of motion, ultimately helping to prevent bigger problems such as degenerative arthritis. Without hesitation I tell them that their chronic aches and pains will disappear. Subsequently since balance is like a muscle in the sense that if you dont use it, you lose it, Im always encouraging those that I love to improve their balance through practice of yoga poses.
-I love my heart
When the heart is regularly put in the aerobic state it decreases the chance of getting a heart attack and even relieves depression. Not all yoga is aerobic but I enjoy doing Vinyasa a couple days a week. It is a little more dynamic than other types of yoga but its nice to keep things fresh with a variety of routines. I highly recommend it not only for the cardiovascular benefits, but also for the strength benefits.
Along with regulating my emotions and relieving anxieties, yoga has improved my memory, coordination and reaction time. As a woman no longer as spry as I was in my 20s, I appreciate the benefits it has provided me in creating a healthier and happier life. Since regularly practicing yoga, worries and frustrations that used to get me down are no longer an issue. I dont waste time thinking about the things I cant control in the future because yoga teaches me to be present. I am peaceful and much more enjoyable to be around because of yoga.
I cant imagine a day without doing yoga. I need it to provide a foundation of balance that is often missing in other parts of my life. Without yoga, I would probably turn to some of those medications I see on TV to fix my ailments and keep my emotions in check. With yoga I feel my life is complete now and forever.