I’m not gonna lie, before I started to even think about doing yoga, I thought those people were a little loopy. A bunch of hippies doing strange things and making funny noises? No thank you.

But I’m here to shed a little more light on what yoga is really about and what it does for me.

  • It’s a gentle yet intense kind of workout. I’ve always been an active person, it’s the way I was raised. I was at the gym 4 or 5 times a week. Eventually it started to get boring and somewhat of a fashion show. It seemed to be all about who had the best outfit and newest Nikes – it was time to move on. I started yoga in high school and I always loved how it made me feel, so I decided to get back into it – and I will never look back. One of the things I love most about yoga is that my heart rate is constantly high and after each practice my body can feel that it’s been worked. And instead of using heavy weights to workout, I use my own muscles which lowers the risk of injuries. So to sum it all up, I never finish a practice without feeling (and smelling, sorry) like I’ve left the gym.
  • We all need some down time. We live in a day and age where technology is everything and we often find ourselves consumed by our cellphones and all the social media we’re involved in. Yoga has proved to be the most incredible way for me to escape the madness and focus on myself. We have to take time out of our day to put down the phones, logout of Facebook and look out for our own sanity.
  • Creating a challenge for yourself. I’ll say this on behalf of everyone who has ever tried yoga – IT IS HARD! When I first started I actually didn’t enjoy it because I couldn’t even do half the poses. But I loved the feeling I had afterwards. Between my mind and my muscles, both felt worked. Seeing the progress I’ve made is so rewarding and being able to do more with each week makes it a little addictive!
  • Being your own therapist.  I’m pretty sure most us could use a little therapy every so often. But it’s quite expensive and I don’t really feel like it. The power of your mind is so strong, why not use it? If you’re anything like me, you really know how to overthink things which can be exhausting. When I practice yoga, I use it as time to clear my mind, accept things that need acceptance and let go of any negative thoughts or feelings that linger in my mind. And never have I finished a yoga practice without successfully doing either of those things.

My message to you today isn’t to convert you into a yogie. My message to you is to find what you love and use it as a way to focus on your thoughts and wellbeing. We all need to be a little selfish at times to look after our minds and bodies.

I hope you find yours.


Published by Jodi-Lee Melrose