#sejtips – Why I yoga

This week I happened to have a slight altercation with my car…The end result of this being a new car and a very stiff sej. But this post isn’t about the car, it’s about yoga and why I bother spending my time sitting on a pink mat breathing really slowly.

I’m a big advocate for yoga and pilates, but will admit I got lazy. I used to be a bit of a busy bee – rushing everywhere all the time (like a classic Aucklander, really). I realised that people tend to make more mistakes when they’re rushing and I needed to do something to slow down. Yoga happened to be trendy, but after actually trying it, I really realised how much I enjoyed taking the time out of my day to slow down. It took my accident to remind me the importance of stretching, breathing and spending time on myself.

So, one day it occurred to me that I didn’t need to get up at 7am on a Saturday morning to go to Lulu Lemon for a yoga class (and I bought a new car with the savings in yoga pants) and I found my own tutor, at home: Adriene.

This isn’t a plug for Adriene, my Youtube yogi, but more an overview of why everyone should be doing yoga. I do love lists, so here’s one on yoga:

  • If you’re a fitness buff, it’s a really good way to stretch out your muscles and support your workouts
  • If you’re constantly rushing around/very busy and stressed – then yoga forces you to take 30 or so minutes (Adriene has different timed workouts) to focus on you. Taking the time out, just to breathe, gives you a lot of energy and clarity – not to be underestimated
  • It’s really really good for back problems/any other muscular or skeletal issues
  • If you suffer insomnia, it helps to clear your mind – yoga isn’t about having no thoughts, but taking the time to think about what matters

Youtube yoga is great because it’s free, it’s at home and you can do it whenever it suits you. Yoga isn’t just for the skinny blonde Lulu Lemon brigade – you don’t need fancy clothes, or even flexibility to give it at home. Go to Kmart and grab a mat (any excuse for a Kmart trip really) and give it a go.

I recommend starting easy. I did this one¬†tonight, because I’m really stiff and it’s been so long. It’s a 40 minute practice, but takes you through all the basic of yoga. No Hindi required. So, go, try it! Namaste.