Mindfulness and Relief

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s what you learn on the way down.” – Jigar Gor

I told myself I wanted to start doing weekly yoga. It’s been said that yoga helps people who have anxiety. As someone who is always stressed, I thought it was finally time to turn my words into actions. 

I found a yoga video on YouTube to guide me. I stumbled upon Yoga with Adriene and got settled on my mat. At first, I thought it wasn’t going to work. I thought I’d end up wasting my time, but I was completely wrong.

I tried a short, ten-minute video to get a taste of yoga. The guided breathing techniques and closed eyelids helped me focus. I gained a sense of mindfulness. I felt some relief.

For a moment, I was able to focus on the present. I didn’t have to worry about any of the other stresses in my life. It was the most magical, medicinal process I could’ve introduced myself to.

I decided to do another yoga video and didn’t realize it was another 30 minutes. Time didn’t matter. I focused on the present and that was what mattered. Too often, I find myself stressing about things so far into the future that I don’t spend much time feeling relief. I usually don’t make it a point to spend at least 10 minutes dedicated to improving my mental and spiritual health.

Yoga is a great way to exercise self-care. I’ve always found myself saying it, but now I actually believe it. This wasn’t the type of yoga that could be considered cardio. This was purposeful, slow, and relaxing.

I want to make it a daily habit to begin each day with a 10-minute yoga session. It improved my mood and made me physically feel better…like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders (the cliché finally made sense to me in real life). Yoga made me feel so much better about myself, and I want to make it a part of my daily routine. I think there is no doubt it would be beneficial to start my day in a less stressful, good mood.

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