Don't Kid Yourself. It's Hard!!

I started doing Yoga when I was 18. It wasn’t very popular then as that was the time when “the 20 minute workout” was the latest craze.

I learned mostly from books and still use the first one I bought.

The first time I tried it, I initially thought it was a little lame. I mean, how hard could it be? All I had to do was to hold a pose for 10 seconds and breathe? One pose… hold… breathe… another pose… hold… breathe. By the end of the hour session my whole body was shaking but I felt alive and invigorated! While I’ve always been pretty flexible, I soon realized that Yoga requires a lot more than flexibility. It requires strength, balance, patience, surrender of ego, and a sense of humor.

It is not a competitive sport. You strive to be the best you can be. And you fall over. And you laugh. And you get back up.
I have friends who are diehard workout monsters and they laughed at yoga. That is, until they tried it. They have a new found respect for yoga and what it can do for the body.

25 years later, I still do it. It builds strength, gives me a lean body, and relieves many of life’s stresses.
mimi28 mimi28
41-45, F
2 Responses Feb 20, 2010

LOL!! Yes, swirlingmist. I do fall over too. Escpecially when I haven't done it for a while. I've decided that I will commit to doing it every day now. Even if it's just for a few minutes. It has cumulative benefits!

I love Yoga...don't do it as often as I should. I find it really helps my balance...I love tree pose. Fall out of it a lot, but that's when the sense of humor kicks in!