Friday, April 16, 2010

I think I am in love...

I have always heard about the benefits that yoga provides for the mind, body, and soul. The benefits that I heard about inspired me, over 10 years ago, to give yoga a chance. However, when I originally tried yoga I was unable to receive all these benefits, and could not understand what all the rant & rave was about. I gave up on yoga and decided to pursue cardio and strength training.

For the past 7 months, I have not been able to workout due to my illness; which for me is torture since I enjoy how it makes me feel and look. Just recently, I have noticed that my treatment for my illness has shown enough improvement for me to gain back my desire to workout. I have, also, noticed since I have been ill, that if, I push myself too hard, too fast and/or too much that I pay dearly for it with more severe symptoms for the next week. I realized that I needed to ease back into working out, and be gentle with myself. I was curious to see if yoga could satisfy my want and need to workout, and be gentle enough for me. To my surprise, yoga was able to satisfy my want and needs. As if that was not enough for me, I was able to receive all the other benefits that I had always heard about, which inspired over 10 years ago to entertain the idea of yoga.

Why is it that I am able to receive all these benefits now, and was not able to receive these benefits 10 years ago? The only difference is the temperature in which I practiced yoga. 10 years ago when I attempted yoga, the temperature in the room was in the lower 70’s. Recently, when I decided tried yoga again, the temperature in the room was in the upper 90’s.  I believe this difference in temperature has been able to aid in my Lyme disease recovery. In addition, continue to improve on my focus, clarity, self-confidence, flexibility, cardio, and strength.

I never in my life believed in yoga. Now, thanks to the introduction to HOT yoga, I have a newfound appreciation for yoga and myself.

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