“Don’t just do something – sit there!” – Unknown
Three years ago, I started doing yoga to escape. My head wasn’t quite right at the time, and I craved that hour a few evenings a week where I had an excuse to zone out.
After a few months, I started to notice a physical change – I felt stronger, healthier, more energetic. Most importantly though, I noticed a mental/emotional change. Stuff started bothering me less. I learned how to control stress, anxiety, and panic. I started smiling more. Regardless of the day I was having, I always left class feeling lighter, both physically and mentally.
My practice eventually evolved into a more spiritual one – I began setting intentions and delving deeper into meditation. And now, rather than an escape, it is my sanctuary: a time when I can be fully present with myself.
And in spite of all this, it’s still the first thing on my daily task list to get the axe when I’m busy. What’s up with that? Why does personal well-being always end up so low on the priority list?
I know I’m not the only one who struggles to put myself first. Well guess what? You deserve to be happy. You deserve the utmost care and attention.
Because I’ve watched yoga slip further and further down on my priority list over the past few months, I took on a 35-day challenge this month (at the wonderful Yoga Santosha). I’m already blown away by the positive effects of practicing on a regular basis (six days a week). One hour a day. That’s it.
The real challenge is not the yoga itself though, but the commitment to myself and my well-being.
This post isn’t just for the yogis out there. What gets your head right? Can you devote an hour a day to it? You deserve it. Show yourself some love baby!
Song of the week: “Breathing Underwater” – Metric