Yoga is a wonderful way to get access to your body. If you’re stiff and your body is telling what you can’t do, then you don’t have access to your full potential. Think about it this way: if you would like to touch your toes, or sit or lay down for extended periods of time without pain, maybe this should be something to consider.
Before a friend of mine started doing yoga, he said it was “girly, weak, and too feminine.” Then I showed him a male doing a one-handed handstand, and asked him if he could do that, and if that looked weak to him.
Of course, I made my point. There is nothing weak about yoga. It makes you strong, more flexible, and in turn, leaves you less prone to injury. “Well, people get injured in yoga” someone has said to me. People also get injured riding bikes and walking up hills. Sometimes you just have to live a little.
I personally have been watching YouTube videos for years and learned some poses, but for the first time in my life I’m actually taking a yoga class. I’m a runner and I exercise on a regular basis, 4-6 times a week. I have tight hamstrings and a little bit of scoliosis, so it's very beneficial for me (and can be for you too! Maybe your dad who’s losing his ability to bend over and tie his shoes, or grandmother who’s feeling stiffer by the day. Yoga can help people of all ages and backgrounds.
I’m going to be honest: I don’t know many terms, and I definitely need to research a little more on the deep history of yoga, but that’s why I’m here. I want to learn with you, to share with you, so we may grow together. So, thank you for joining me in this journey!
(Lydia Handstand pic here)