Guys, listen. I'm not young. I'm not old either (heh), but I'm not young. So when I think about how badly I want to bend and contort like so many of the gorgeous twenty-something yogis who have never birthed children or woken up with inexplicably stiff joints, I have to give myself a break. Because even wanting to do yoga at the ripe old age of 40 is a good thing.
No, really. It is.
Don't get me wrong, there are some super-bendy ladies out there who are of a "mature" age and who have had kids. And believe me, I applaud the heck right out of them. But many of those Flying Pigeon executioners and handstand stickers are younger women, whose muscle tone hasn't yet been depleted by years behind a desk and six months' worth of sleepless nights. (That's six months per child. At least. Probably more. Amiright?)
So, if you're thinking of doing yoga, but you're worried about looking more like a wire coat hanger than a graceful contortionist, you should just pack up your yoga dreams and go home, right?
Wrong. So, so wrong.
Because yoga isn't about nailing poses. It's about finding your way to your higher self.
I'd been practicing yoga casually for several years but started taking classes at my gym about two years ago. That's also when I became more interested in the yoga lifestyle. Not long after, I began noticing changes in both my mindset and my body. I started reading Yoga Journal magazine, spending time in a quiet state (not meditation per se ... I'm not quite there yet), and slowly switching over to organic foods and toxin-free products (this yummy-smelling hand soap from Puracy is one of my favorites).
Now, please, y'all. I am by no means saying that I am a total health nut, tree-hugging gypsy. And I think that's a big misconception about yoga in general. You don't have to be or do anything "extreme" to realize the benefits of yoga.
Here's what I'm saying: If you have any inkling at all to begin a yoga practice or pick up where Old You left off, I couldn't encourage you more. Please, please do it. In a future post (I'll link to it when it's up), I will summarize some of the benefits I've gotten from yoga on a personal level and also some of the things I'm still striving for. I'm guessing some of this stuff is exactly what you (and your hectic state of existence) is looking for, too.
For now, your homework is to research yoga classes at your gym or at a local studio. Videos are fine, too, but I personally enjoy being in a class setting because I tend to dial in more. Choice is yours, of course. Just get the process started. Bonus points if you actually make the leap and SIGN UP for a class within the next week or so! *claps pre-emptively*
And by all means, keep stopping back here because I plan to share some of my favorite yoga sites, Instagrammers, lifestyle practices, and more. Let's take the yoga journey together! Peace awaits.