I’ve been doing a fair bit of yoga lately and it has genuinely been a revelation. It sounds incredibly wanky, but I feel so much lighter afterwards and I feel like it’s genuinely had a positive impact on my mental health. Even if I am still terrible at it.
Things I have noticed since starting to do yoga:
- Breathing is better. I’m always sick/congested but find that it’s not impacting on my breathing as much as it used to (especially when I’m trying to sleep.)
- I do a lot of strength training, and I’m not that great with the stretching afterwards, so my muscles can get super tight. Yoga is helping so much with that, and also helps with my recovery time.
- I’m much more aware of my posture when I’m at my desk so I’m sitting a lot better (instead of twisting myself into a knot). Also, sitting cross-legged on the ground has become noticeably easier as it was actually becoming a bit of a bitch.
- I’m a pro-sloucher so awareness and practice has been invaluable to improving my posture. I’m already noticing a change in my body when I walk and I’ve only really been doing this consistently for three weeks.
- I am seriously so chill afterwards, I feel like a whole different person. Even if I’m super stressed or wound up before class. I think it’s actually helping me not get so worked up about things in every day situations as well. I feel like I’m becoming better at letting go of things.
I must admit that I’ve tried yoga before but the classes I attended felt judge-y and more focussed on fitness/performance. I don’t do well with people looking over my shoulder and critiquing what I’m doing. I like doing things for fun, rather than the feeling like I’m going to be tested on it. So I’m very pleased that I’ve managed to find two teachers who really push the mindfulness aspect of it, as well as technique and working with your body. I’ve found it super valuable and genuinely look forward to the classes.
10/10 would recommend.