I have been practicing yoga for more than a year now and I can vouch for its benefits. It boosts both body and mind, and fellow practitioners even say it positively impacts their whole lifestyle.
I admit I got into yoga through the I-wear-lululemon trend. But it was love at the first class. It is truly a physical sport – I discovered muscles which I didn’t know I had. Regular lessons improved both my core and flexibility. I noticed how I have a better posture and balance. Listening to your body is key to good practice and it makes you feel good.
Initially physical, challenging yourself beyond the basic poses or moves takes you the “mental” level. Striking that amazing picture-perfect pose requires you to control both body and mind.
Next, you naturally step up to the spiritual level of yoga – meditation. Not all yoga practitioners are keen but I love it. Our minds wander about at least half of the time. Meditation empties your mind of unwanted thoughts as you seek to stay mindful of the immediate present and presence. I practice early in the morning to start the day with a clear and calm mind. I become more focused at what I have to do later in the day.
I can go on and on waxing lyrical about how great yoga is. Be warned though that this is a difficult sport at a higher level – it takes time to master all these weird-looking contortionist poses and you can also injure yourself. It helps and is even necessary to have a good coach. Why don’t you give it a try? My tip: start by joining small-group classes and practicing regularly at home to improve faster.