Yoga is changing me

I don’t know that I would call it a New Years Resolution, but in a way that’s what it is. I didn’t start on January 1st. I was sick. Dealing with some upper respiratory stuff. On Monday January 8, I started. I have a favorite yoga teacher to watch and practice with. I find her comforting, and I don’t feel rushed. Her name is Melissa West.

Every day last week I did yoga. There are so many free yoga videos on YouTube that you can find something for whatever you feel up to that day. There are videos for dance yoga, couch yoga, 5-minute, 10-minute, bed yoga, restorative yoga, beginner, etc, etc….

Why yoga? Because it helps work on the core and is gentle while still being a work out that help build strength and helps build self awareness and increases general health and wellness over all. I will share some links that have some great thoughts about how yoga is helpful once I have told about my experience.

Practicing yoga daily has helped me be more relaxed and have a sense of well being. It has helped my sinuses drain and my illness retreat. I am more aware of my posture. I am more aware of what food I put into my body. My muscles around my spine hurt a little at the moment, I am sure I over did it a little during yesterdays practice. I will do some restorative yoga today to help ease the pain. That’s the beauty in it, I can do what I feel I need or can do for the day.

On the note of resolution, I think it’s more a declaration to living a better life in my case. Yoga 5 days a week, going to bed by 11pm, not eating after 8pm, eating better, drinking more water, and looking for new things to add in slowly. This life is always a work in progress. Those not afraid of change and growth enjoy the ride a bit more, in my opinion.

As promised, here are some links to read up on the benefits of yoga. 38 Health Benefits of Yoga from Yoga Journal
Web MD’s assessment of yoga
Yoga benefits beyond the mat by Harvard