Every once in a while, I must remind myself what works for me, what makes me feel good. One of those reminders is my yoga practice.
Sometimes when I'm stressed, I get through my responsibilities and daily tasks, then melt on the couch. I get my workouts in here and there and then neglect yoga.
According to Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California, in an article on the American Osteopathic Association's website,“The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,”
The article also quotes Dr. Nevin as saying “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection."
That is so true. I am not a pretzel, I modify poses as I need. Youtube yoga instructor Adriene Mischler always says, "Accept where you are today."
When I practice yoga consistently, I do feel stronger, become more aware of what my body needs and my mind unclutters a bit.
Add to that, I sleep better, my back aches less, my blood pressure lowers, my flexibility increases and I find it a little easier to let go of what stresses me.
Tonight I made yoga a priority with Yoga With Adriene video To Calm Your Nerves.
I mean it's Monday, nerves were a little fried. I'm feeling much lighter now and ready for bed.