I fell in love with yoga this year. I tried it about 10 years ago and it wasn’t for me. I was in better shape and while the poses were challenging I went to class thinking cardio was a workout. I didn’t leave feeling the same way I did after a spinning class and so I stopped going. Now I realize that it’s just as much if not more about off the mat than during the session.
I became interested in yoga about four years ago when I started to go through a transition in my life. I can’t remember what peaked my interest but I started reading about it and that’s how I discovered that yoga is so much more than an expensive class at a gym. I started learning about chakras and mantras and I was fascinated! I loved that I could train my body to do these difficult positions and that I could also train my brain to deal with difficult situations. Yoga was great for my physical health but also for my mental, spiritual and emotional health as well!
I love the way my mind and body connect when I do yoga. I push myself to get myself into these poses, hold them properly to the best of my ability, and for as long as I can. During that time, I’m completely focused on what I’m doing. My mind isn’t wandering, I’m not able to run lists through my head, or engage with my mind’s chatter. Everything within me is focused on learning and doing the poses. For me, yoga is a form of meditation which I love because it’s so much easier for me to get into that meditative state as I move my body. I’m not trying to clear my mind of anything, I’m focusing my mind elsewhere and it clears itself of the clutter. I always end a session feeling physically energized and powerful, mentally recharged, spiritually connected, and emotionally balanced.
My youngest who is almost 2 loves doing yoga with me, she’s actually pretty good for such a little person! I can’t help but think how much she’ll benefit by growing up learning these principles from such a young age. From learning gratitude by being aware and connected to her breath and appreciating it, to showing herself she can do things that are challenging, and living each day with intention. I can’t help but wonder what a generation of kids that grow up learning yoga on and off the mat would do. There are more and more facilities and programs teaching yoga to kids. Some schools are even incorporating yoga and meditation into their curriculum. Maybe we’ll be able to see the benefits of a generation raised learning yoga ❤
What are your thoughts on this post? Are you a yoga lover? Has this made you consider giving yoga (another) chance? Have you tried yoga with your kids? What’s your favorite thing about yoga off the mat? Is there a yoga program for kids in your area? I’d love to hear, feel free to share in the comments!