Yoga Mom

I have been practicing yoga for about a year and a half now.  Yoga helps me to be a more patient mother, well-balanced person and has brought so much inspiration to my life.

At Yoga Rocks the Park in Phoenix

At Yoga Rocks the Park in Phoenix

This is what yoga has brought to my life:

 

  • A CALMER SELF
  • LESS STRESS
  • MORE FLEXIBILITY
  • INCREASED STRENGTH
  • A PEACE WITHIN MYSELF THAT I HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED BEFORE
  • THE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ENJOY YOUR PRESENT MOMENT
  • INCREASED PATIENCE
  • GREATER SELF ACCEPTANCE
  • REFLECTION
  • INCREASED MOTIVATION TO FUEL MY BODY WITH HEALTHY, ENERGIZED FOODS

Because of what yoga has brought to me I am officially, with my whole heart, falling in love with this practice.   This has not been a fast, fall flat on your face type of affair.  It has been slow, steady, and in the works for some time.  Allow me to please explain.

I first tried yoga a few years ago.  I left the class with one feeling and one feeling only….annoyance.  My head swirled with insults of the practice that I did not yet understand; “so slow”,  “why are we just laying here at the end” and “waste of time.”

Looking back I was so obviously not ready for what yoga had to offer me.  A few years passed and the thought of yoga continued to weave its way into my mind and I started to pay attention.

At my local gym I tried another class shortly after giving birth to my third child.  I would like to say that I walked away with profound inspiration after my second attempt, but I did not.  I walked away knowing I wanted to take another class, but I felt no rush.

Over the next year my workout sessions varied greatly from running to group muscle classes to reading a book on the bike. Occasionally I would attend a yoga class and I always left knowing I wanted to return again soon.

At work my manager asked us to write down personal and work related goals.  One of my personal goals was to attend yoga classes 3 days per week.

I tried a hot yoga class (twice) in the middle of summer in Arizona no less on my lunch break.  What a way to break into hot yoga! Hot yoga was not my thing (at least not when it was 118 degrees outside).  But I continued to go to a yoga class occasionally and after about 3 months of reviewing my goals with my manager I realized I continued to desire yoga three times per week, but was not making it happen.

With three young children and a full-time career I finally settled on the idea that my gym was the place to continue my exploration of yoga as it was in close proximity to my house and offered child care.  I started going consistently every Saturday and Sunday. Week after week I found myself making time for my practice.

At some point I added an evening class during the week.  I “liked” my classes, but I didn’t love them yet.  I was not yet focused on being aware of my breath.  I watched the clock and was relieved when the hour was almost up.  I didn’t “love” the final resting pose, but was starting to learn to be still and let go.

As my children became more accustomed to the child care at the gym I started attending more and more classes.

About a few months ago I found myself practicing yoga on a daily basis, never wanting the classes to end and appreciating the final resting pose.

My yoga practice has now become an essential part of my day and on those rare cases that I cannot get to a class I will practice at home.

Here is another blog post about why I love yoga so much.

Comments

  1. Becky Laga says:

    Yoga is a wonderful practice for helping to center your body and mind.🙏

  2. I was like you: not ready for yoga when I first tried it. I love it now and am working into a more regular practice. Hot yoga is wonderful winter treat. Where I live (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), it gets bitterly cold and sometimes you seem to feel chilled for weeks on end. I don’t think I’d be too keen on it during an Arizonan summer, either!

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