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YOGA: Why bother?

I had a client in the clinic this week and, out of the blue, she asked me what was so good about yoga. I am ashamed to admit, I was a bit stumped, which sounds ridiculous coming from someone that practices every day, often several times a day, and thinks about and plans classes constantly. I entered into a monologue about just how "brilliant" it was for about 45 minutes, but don't think I really sold it. I wonder if she'll ever come back?!?!

So I decided I needed to clarify my thoughts, for my own benefit, but some of you might also be thinking about the same question, and I would like to be better prepared with my answer next time! Here's the top 5 reasons why I bother:

1. It makes me feel strong - over the years, I have become more physically capable and much stronger. I can do whatever I want to, or might need to, physically. I don't have to ask for help. I feel capable and unlimited by my physical being, and that is a really empowering.

2. It reminds me to breathe - whenever I'm feeling angry or anxious, my yoga practice reminds me to breathe, and sometimes I am able to respond to a stressful situation in a much kinder way - to myself or any other party involved, and the outcome is usually much better than the alternative. I am still working on this one : )

3. It gives me focus - we are all constantly distracted by so many things, it's hard to stay present and be truly in the moment. Yoga has given me the skills to enjoy this more. Leaving the distractions and just BEING.

4. It gives me time out - on the mat, 60 minutes, just me.

5. I have a much better understanding of my body - what it needs to nourish it and feel good, when something isn't right and what I might need to do about that.

These are my top five reasons, though I could go on for much longer (I did to that poor client). But it's an intensely personal practice. What keeps you coming back for more?

See you on the mats!

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