My Love For Yoga…

IS LIKE MY LOVE FOR LIVING. Is this as good as it gets? Life that is. Is this as good as it’s going to get? Yep. This is our life and the only one we will ever get. So lets make it a great one right? For me, yoga is more than just exercise. It’s a perspective, it’s a lifestyle and simply a way of choosing to live on this planet. Yoga. An ascetic discipline. A simple practice including breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures is all I need to keep me healthy and relaxed. It feels so good for my mind, body and soul. And therefore that is why I practice it as much as I am able to.

I have ALWAYS believed that if you have good in your life. You should share it. The goodness of this life needs to be shared with each other because we are all one and if we aren’t all connected in this goodness then we’ll just continue to struggle and struggle and struggle as a whole. So I want to share my love for yoga and hope to spread more happiness through it.

I was first introduced to Yoga in high school, but never really practiced it on my own until freshman year of college. It’s been over 10 years now. I practiced Bikram yoga at the beginning. Bikram Yoga is a beginning series of 26 postures and 2 breathing excercises performed in minimum 105 degree Fahrenheit and 38 percent humidity for 90 minutes. It’s intense. I don’t do Bikram anymore, but I still really enjoy the hot part of the practice the best. Currently I practice at Corepower Yoga here in San Diego. I’ve tried a few different studios in the city. I practiced at Pilgrimage Yoga before and during pregnancy.

I also have a back injury that I’ve dealt with since I was a young child. I have nerve damage in my SERRATUS ANTERIOR muscle. The muscle the holds your shoulder blade up. It causes scapular winging and is known as serratus anterior paralysis. This is typically caused by damage to the long thoracic nerve. Anyway, nerve damage is permanent and there isn’t much you can do. It’s very painful and it sucks, but I’ve never let it keep me from doing things I love. And I have hot YOGA to thank for managing my pain levels and keeping my core and other muscles strong.

For me yoga currently (along with running) is also a great way to get my pre-baby body back. And to get those much needed endorphins and mommy time that is desperately needed especially being a full-time breastfeeding stay at home mommy. It’s my me time.

I have no doubt in my friend yoga for helping me out here. I truly believe that if you take care of your body before pregnancy and during pregnancy, your body will take care of you post pregnancy. I really enjoyed the whole pregnancy process and watching my body transform to accommodate a little growing life inside me, as much as I have also enjoyed seeing my body slowly transform back. I am not worried at all and I am not in a hurry to lose all evidence that my body recently worked really hard to make and birth a baby. I am excited to feel strong again. It’s nice to fit back into my pre-baby jeans and to see my waist again. I know yoga is helping 🙂

The other night in yoga our instructor said a quote that really stuck to my thoughts. “If you wait to be happy, you are going to be waiting forever, if you believe you are happy, you will be happy forever”. We have to BELIEVE. And I also feel that we have to DO. We can’t just wish. There needs to be more DOING in order to see results in our lives.

Believe in a beautiful good life and you will live one. I truly believe that. For me Yoga represents so much good and brings so much happiness into my life. I just wanted to share that. And I hope that yoga finds a place in your life because it’s truly amazing.


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