Today I decided to try something that I’ve been meaning to try for a while: yoga. For years I’ve heard about the benefits of yoga: it’s calming, toning and general ‘feel-good’ effect. But for years I’ve blamed my avoidance on ‘not being flexible enough’. But today I decided to test this. After scouring YouTube, I chose a video that sounded the most calming, ‘Yoga For Anxiety and Stress’ by Youtuber ‘Yoga With Adriene’.
The half hour video is filled with breathing techniques, stretches and exercises which engaged my whole body and mind. I was actually surprised by how challenging some of the moves were. Yes I lost my balance once or twice (or maybe three times…). But yoga surprised me. Sure, it doesn’t give the huge dopamine rush that you get from lifting heavy weights, but yoga gives you a different feeling. It gives you a sense of serenity, calmness and it silences your mind. Yoga is as much of a mental activity as it is physical and it benefits both your body and mind.
I really enjoyed trying out yoga and I will definitely continue. It’s something that you can do daily, for a session of self-clarity and inner calmness, something which I definitely search for.