While not very consistent with my practice these days, I truly enjoy yoga. As is the case with many people, I use yoga to feel good. Yoga, a practice that is thousands of years old and originates from Indian Ayurvedic tradition, has proven health benefits such as reducing stress, strengthening bones, building balance, staving off cognitive decline, among others (source). Cognitive decline can happen to anyone and every one, some more than others, yoga can help with things like this but unfortunately, it may not be able to stop the rapid decline, if a family member of yours has diseases like dementia, you will want to help them maintain quality of life that works for them, many things can help add to this and yoga can be a part of that. Yoga is a form of self-care and exercise that I feel makes a difference in my personal quality of life. Though gym memberships go unused every time I’ve tried them, I’ve always enjoyed exercising in group settings. In some ways, group exercise classes like yoga take me back to my childhood during which I took various dance classes for over a decade. But I haven’t made time for practicing yoga at home or attending my usual studio in recent months. Especially since the weather has gotten colder, it seems far easier to head indoors at the end of the day than to take the extra effort to trek to the yoga studio! And the call of my couch and Netflix is strong after a long workday…
After watching a yoga program for beginners (of which I was at the time), I decided to make practicing yoga a daily habit I want to focus on cultivating this year. I know this website will help me and with most habits, once I get back into the swing of it, I’m sure yoga will again become a cherished part of my regular routines. I’m truly not a night time person, so I’ll commit to waking up earlier to do a short yoga practice before starting my day. I also want to try a trap yoga class (a vinyasa yoga practiced to trap music) in DC that’s been on my to-do list for ages. I’m going to sign up for a class this week and stop coming up with excuses not to go.
Here’s to creating sustainable, good habits in 2017!
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