Why Lara Loves Yoga

The first time I took a yoga class, it reminded me of the years of dance that I really enjoyed, but left behind as I pursued other activities. It felt great to stretch and challenge my body in a way that flowed, as opposed to going through the monotonous tasks of weight lifting and treadmill running that I had grown accustomed to. As I developed my practice, I noticed many amazing benefits, including the following:

* Improved posture.

I used to be a very slouchy person! I was always sitting or standing off balance with my spine in an unnatural curve. Yoga has helped me to lengthen, strengthen, and straighten my spine. I’m proud to say that my posture has improved immensely and people often think that I’m taller than I actually am.

* Increase in lean muscle and decrease in body fat.

I used to exercise at the gym several times a week, but would always hit a plateau with the results of my workouts. Now, yoga classes serve as my main form of physical exercise and it has transformed my body. Even though I spend less time practicing yoga than I used to spend at the gym, I am stronger, leaner, and more toned than I have ever been.

* More peace!

Building a strong practice with challenging poses that require strength, focus, and an integration of breath has taught me patience and non-attachment. It takes a lot more for something to upset me than it used to. I’ve learned to evaluate challenging situations from a place of understanding instead of immediately reacting with anger, blame, or resentment. I am certain that yoga has helped me to feel more at peace with myself and with everything around me.

* Improved health and awareness.

During yoga class, I had to focus on more subtle parts of my body that I hadn’t paid much attention to before. Being more aware of my body and noticing its intricacies caused me to be more appreciative of it. I became more attentive to how I treated my body and what I put into it, which subsequently led to a healthier diet and more conscious way of living.

* Loving my work!

I now see the difference between something that is just a job and what constitutes real work. When I teach, I have the opportunity to share a genuine part of myself. I feel happier and more energized after teaching a class. I love becoming friends with my clients and watching their progress. I know I am blessed to be able to say that I truly enjoy my work. Plus, I love being able to report to work in stretchy pants and comfy tops!

These are just some of the benefits I have experienced since I started getting into yoga. Although I cannot promise all of the same great things to you, I can tell you that all of these benefits have been a gift to me because of my own dedicated practice. Yoga can change your life!