The De-Stressing Effects
One of my absolute favourite things that I love about yoga is how much it can help to melt the stress of your day away. I find that when I’m having or have had a very stressful day, rolling out my mat or going to a class to practice is exactly what I need. When I’m able to tune into my body and listen to/feel what’s going on while working with my breath, I’m able to let go of the stress that has been with me for the day or week or however long. Of course this may be easier said than done especially when you’re just starting out in yoga, but it really is true. Sometimes, when I first started yoga, I would unknowingly let go of stresses from my day, but I would get stressed out about my practice. I would feel embarrassed if I couldn’t do a pose (ahem, handstand!) or stressed out if I twisted in the wrong direction, or I would be practically buzzing to get out of savasana. But as time passed and I eventually became able to quiet my mind while I was practicing, this became my go-to de-stresser. In fact, I went through a hard time last year when I left my full time job because if that situation wasn’t stressful enough, my father who was battling cancer had passed away. It was such a hard time and I’m sure that many people would fall apart in a situation like that, without yoga I would have! I swear that maintaining my practice through all of that really saved me and gave me piece of mind, it helped me to see that I would make it through that storm. I actually even made a few significant breakthroughs during that time, it was the first time I was able to successfully get into eka pada koundinyasana 2. So basically, to me, doing an asana practice is not only “me” time, but it’s almost like a mini therapy session, you can leave all the stress and crap from the day on your mat (and clean it off after practice haha) and leave your practice feeling fresh and renewed. The ability that yoga has to help you de-stress is, in my opinion, so important and so powerful, it saved me during a very hard time in my life, and it is one of the very many reasons that I LOVE yoga!