While not very consistent with my practice these days, I truly enjoy yoga. 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). 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 work day…
I’ve decided to make practicing yoga a daily habit I want to focus on cultivating this year. 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 to 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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