The Way It Changes You
When you make a commitment to yoga, over time you will find that it changes you for the better. You may be at the start of your journey and think that it won’t affect you, but naturally as time progresses it really does. Take my journey for example, I started hot yoga purely to lose weight. I had heard that hot yoga was the equivalent of doing yoga in a sauna. I didn’t really know what that meant since I had never done yoga before, but since I was self absorbed and very self conscious, I decided to give it a try. All I cared about was losing weight and getting that “Hollywood” body, but once my intro week wore off, I just had to do more. I floated around from studio to studio doing the intro specials. I eventually found a studio I really loved and signed up with them, I even did my first teacher training with them. In one year of practicing there, I had do 310 classes, I nearly went everyday. The thing was, I didn’t go that often to get “skinny” anymore. I kept going that often because I yearned to learn more. I wanted to get stronger and go deeper into my asana practice, but it also changed the way I looked at people and things. Before yoga, I was quick to anger and very reactive, after this time at the studio it calmed me down substantially. Fast forward to today and I am full of self confidence, I did lose weight from the journey, but I just don’t care about that anymore. The number on a scale, the number and/or letter on the tags of my clothing do not define me anymore. I am so much stronger now that some times I can’t even believe it. I meditate at least once a day, I eat clean (and I certainly did not before), I practice pranayama daily, and of course I practice asana daily. I no longer concern myself with the corporate world because it nearly ruined my life. I live and breathe yoga. It is quite literally what puts the bread on my table and I couldn’t be happier about that. This certainly doesn’t mean this path will be everyone’s, but I do guarantee you that yoga will change you in many ways and definitely for the better. The changes this journey has brought to my life is one of the many reasons that I LOVE yoga!