08 Jun You Never Know Until You Yoga!
Long gone are the days that I tie up my shoelaces and play a game of basketball for exercise. Not to say that I’ve lost it, or that I’m not in shape to play; trust me I still feel pretty confident to take anyone to the hole. But as I’ve matured, I wanted to expand my activity palate.
First, I got very interested and invested in Cross-fit. It was great to have that autonomy in pushing myself toward individual goals, but also had that community feel with a group of folks at all different skill levels there to cheer each other on. I felt good about myself being dedicated and was proud gaining muscle and strength. I would still do my cardio and play around on the court, but I grew restless, still wanting more out my adult extracurricular activity.
I had practiced yoga here and there throughout my college and professional basketball career. Anyone that knows me would tell you that I am not a very flexible person. It used to be a struggle touching my toes! My lack of flexibility usually led to my frustration towards different types of stretching and especially yoga. I did remember being very peaceful whenever I did participate in yoga, but my mind was always going a mile and minute in my younger days and I did not understand the other great qualities that the physical practice offered my life. I read everything I could get my hands on about the health benefits and healing characteristics of yoga. I also wanted to educate myself on all of the different types, so that I made the most well-informed choice in what kind of yoga I would try this time around. It was exciting to see the studies that show relation to stress and anxiety being managed by healthy engagement in yoga. I was ready to give it another go.
9 weeks in and I feel like this has changed my life for the better. Yoga is my safe place, my quiet mind time, and my therapy. It is amazing to feel so connected to my being; from a spiritual and physical place. It gives the word “focus” such a strong and healthy meaning for me now. I practice yoga 3-4 days a week and still fit in 3 days of cardio and lifting. Yoga has made me more flexible (I promise!), healthier in my eating habits, and if I do say so myself, quite the model for the ever so comfortable activewear and yoga clothes! I sing its praises everywhere I go! I challenge all my family, friends, and people I come in contact with to step outside their comfort zone to tackle a new (or somewhat new) adventure, it might just change your life!