yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
i found a solution to my problem. after ages of feeling and fearing my pain, i decided enough is enough – there is more i can do – and i’m gonna do it. for the past month now, i have been doing yoga almost daily. an hour and a half of my mornings as the sun comes out of hiding. sometimes an hour as the sun sets. i start with sun salutations then feel my body, what it needs and take it from there. by the time i’m done, i feel energized, properly stretched out and ready to take on life. what’s so beautiful about it is that (despite my initial skepticism) it has in fact made me feel better – by correcting and straightening my spine. the best part? i can get my body back to what is was – in fact with the way things are going, i believe soon i’ll be in a better place physically and mentally than ever before.
i’ve gone for some classes in the past and i would say i’ve always had an interest in yoga but making it a part of my daily life has been life changing. and i didn’t start with going for classes this time. classes are hard to maintain because 1. they cost a bomb 2. leaving the house, driving to the yoga studio and braving through traffic leaves anyone with too many excuses as to why they “don’t have/want to go today”. so i taught myself yoga. i watched a lot of online sessions, did my research, studied many poses – their anatomical focus, therapeutic applications, benefits, contraindications – and then practiced.
through my journey, i have been reminded that when i am dedicated, i am an extremely fast learner and i do not allow anything to get in the way of me accomplishing what i choose to.
yoga has changed my life. it has given me more confidence in my stride, more love for my health and well being, more happiness and pride in knowing that i am doing the best i can for myself in this moment.
and yes, a (natural) breast lift too. which i honestly didn’t know was possible unless i wanted to spend loads on fake “accessories”. thanks but no thanks.
so much i didn’t know. it makes me sad to think of all those years i spent sitting on a chair (all through school) thinking “hey, this is normal. this is life” – without knowing how unnatural and bad we can be to ourselves. all i needed to do to prevent the pain i felt was to just be aware. but how could i have been aware when no one taught me those things as i was growing up? how could they have taught me when no one taught them? so many years of trying to figure everything else out in life and missing what really mattered.
i am in love with yoga because through having it in my life, i am now better able to help those around me by sharing the beauty i have found. it’s not something we are taught in school, or preached to about but those who understand yoga, would not want to imagine a life without it.
yoga is invigoration in relaxation. freedom in routine. confidence through self control. energy within and energy without. when you do it right, it REALLY is THAT beautiful.
sometime soon (once i reach my goal in strength and flexibility) i will take up a yoga instructor course and help others heal. i will volunteer to teach it at schools. participate in communities. this is how i can truly give back. i am inspired.
but just in case you aren’t or don’t get how amazing yoga can be, here’s a photo of a 95 year old yogi. yes 95! and she’s not the only one – there are many yogis in their golden years. some have even been around for over a century.
i rest my case ;)