Hello dear blog!! I am coming at you this month on a new approach. I’ve found myself recently infatuated with the idea of yoga and how it can impact my day to day and my ideas on pursuing mindfulness. The Indus-Sarasvati practice of yoga, formed over 5,000 years ago, has impacted the world of meditation significantly. Yoga is full of health benefits that are scientifically proven to help factors from common aches and pains to increasing metabolism. This idea of doing something that not only helps your body but creates a mindful environment struck me as a subject I had to find out more about.
My friend Julia Chisholm talked to me about how yoga has greatly impacted her life. She is one fantastic lady of which I am blessed to know, so talking to her about one of her favorite things was a fun time to say the least. The first time she ever considered yoga was when she was in college and her mom had brought it up to her as a hobby. “I was sick with West Nile virus… I was in the hospital for a while, and my mom thought it would be good for me because it was so gentle,” Chisholm explained.
However, let me warn you… Yoga is anything but gentle. It may be easy on your joints, but it challenges you to create muscle in places you didn’t even know muscles could go and put yourself into some strange positions all for the greater good of self health and balance. Not only is yoga physically taxing, but it also taught a basketball playing/runner (Julia) how sometimes life hits you in a wild way. “I was shocked at how hard it was physically. I thought it was boring and relaxing but it was hard to hold my body up in these poses. It made me feel awkward at first.”
From that point on, yoga just kind of stuck for Julia. “I just got my certification so maybe one day I can teach it in a studio; for now, I’m teaching my friends for free.” From my talks with Julia, I’ve found out truly how amazing yoga is not just for your body but for your mind. She went on to explain to me just how freeing it really is–from hot yoga in a studio to the tennis courts of Christ School–it’s a versatile hobby. “I definitely feel better when I’m practicing regularly… it impacts how I treat others and even how I see the world.”
Julia’s point of view has further impacted me and made me want to pursue yoga in my own daily routine. Not only is she now a part time certified instructor, she is a full time mom but still makes time to teach friends for no charge.