No California Blondes, not a catchy slogan vest in sight, just focused and dedicated individuals doing their best – the real face of yoga is your own.
Like ballet I enjoy practicing yoga as it allows me to focus on my inner and outer strength. I care not for anyone else in the room and am only in competition with myself. Both take discipline and determination to produce small improvements which in the end are is oh so worth it. I signed up for a month of Bikram yoga (the hot one) something different, something to get me going, I had no idea what it would be like and it turns out it was great fun.
I am no gym bunny! I am overweight and would love to control my hormones and depression with healthy eating and exercise. I tried at the beginning of the year to run a couple of miles each week – that didn’t last long. I tried walking everywhere and my pace got slower as I didn’t want to walk. I tried to eat well …. I got sick, I got depressed, I got fed up. I decided to do something for fun and forget about losing weight or being ‘good’. I stopped talking about food and just ate. I went into my first yoga class and realised I needed to up my water intake. I bought a swish water bottle and carry it everywhere I go. The yoga itself is stretching and pushing your body into Assanas a little more each time. I am happy to report that I am much more flexible now and saw a great improvement in my balancing.
What surprised me most was my dedication, I was committed. I turned up and tuned in. I remembered that I am capable of great things, however small. My previous goals were too big, too strict, too demanding. I didn’t lose much weight after a month but I am happy with that as I noticed that I didn’t experience a sudden drop in mood which is worth more to me. I am still overweight, still depressed and still working hard to be better.