Updated: Jan 9, 2019
I know what you're thinking... cliché caption. But hear me out before you judge too quickly. For about seven years and counting, I have struggled with what seems to be "un-curable" and "un-diagnosable" headaches and migraines - on top of stomach issues; which are probably related. After many visits to the neurologist and various tests with vague answers that couldn't be pin-pointed to one problem, I decided to take matters into my own hands and really change the way I lived my life - and I'm still working on it. I learn new things about myself every day; things I can and can't eat, scents that trigger migraines, remedies that help reduce stress - the list goes on. But my latest discovery? Yoga. Here's my story:
For years, my mom had been encouraging me to try yoga. I had been against the idea for the longest time, always finding excuses for why I didn't want to try it. I assumed it wasn't hard, that it wasn't for me, that it wasn't a workout because I wouldn't be sweating by the end of it (as I was always involved in a very active, fast-paced sport or exercise). I thought it was pointless and that it wouldn't actually help with any of the problems I was having.
Turns out, I was entirely wrong - and I missed out on years of something that has recently become such a significant part of my life. (Thanks to you, @bexig & @paz.yoga). Yoga isn't a trend - it's a challenge that works your mind and your body simultaneously. It's a practice - and let me tell you, it's not as easy as it looks. Using your mind, breath, balance, focus, intentions, and strength is what makes yoga so addicting. The ability to control something like your balance by focusing on your breathing, is unbelievable.
For months now, I have been actively practicing yoga and the impact it has made on my life is incredible. Every time I step on my mat, my mind enters a calming mindset that carries me throug
h the rest of my day. It's amazing being able to feel any stress or tension leave my body, simply through the practice of yoga. And the best part? I always feel better about myself after finishing a class. Self-care is incredibly important, especially considering the world we live in today with all the negativity and expectations created for us. It's necessary that we take the time to really focus on ourselves and nothing else. Whether it's five minutes or an hour, that time - the time we dedicate to ourselves - makes all the difference.
So, for those of you who haven't already, give yoga a try. And if you tried it, and didn't think it was for you, try it again. Yoga is for everyone.