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Monday, April 26, 2010

Reason #4692 I love Yoga.


Have I mentioned I like yoga? Oh, like is not the word. I love it. I really, really love it.

And the weird thing is, I just happened into it. Thought I'd give it a try. And now I spend every day thinking about when I can practice some more.

Why do I like it? So many reasons...

But here are a few...

It relaxes me.
It helps me focus.
I am slower to anger.
More hungry for peace.
I feel healthier.
I feel stronger.

And reason #4692?

It is healing my body. HUH? You say. Yes, it's true.

I have had undiagnosed leg pain for 15 years. 15 YEARS people! So many doctors, therapy, etc. My right side has been in pain since I was in Jr. High. Started with my hand and moved down to my leg. The leg pain is so severe at times it hurts to walk. Countless massages and physical therapy have only been a bandaid.

I hadn't slept on my right side since college.

Then I started yoga.

It's been 3 months of practicing at least twice a week.

And guess what? The pain is slipping away. I can sleep on my right side.

Yoga is helping me take back my body.

And I couldn't be more happy.

I take Vinyasa Style Yoga...which is power yoga. It is not easy. It is definitely a workout. One of my favorite things to hear my teacher say mid class is, "Whoever told you yoga was easy, lied to you to get you here." I think that is true.

All that to say, the class may be hard, but the rewards are plenty.

So try it. It may change your life and your body like it has changed mine.

5 comments:

Lyn said...

I'm thrilled to hear yoga has helped your leg pain. Finally!! That is great!! You make me want to try yoga, too. Maybe one of these days. . .

Carrie said...

I have always thought I would enjoy yoga. Hard work without all the pounding of jogging. Do you know if Vinyasa Style yoga is available on DVD?

Lisa P said...

I am so glad for you! I never feel more stretched than I do after yoga. It's the loveliest feeling.

Erika said...

Oh I think you've inspired me to get back at it - I walk around singing the praises of what yoga does for me and then..I don't do it. Sigh.

Love your blog ;)

Mathias said...

That’s good to know, Kristi. I’m glad that yoga has created a positive impact to your life. It is really incredible how we can heal ourselves naturally. We just have to connect with our body, mind, and spirit. :)

- Mathias Michelakis