Yoga = Union
I never thought I would be a person who did yoga every day. "Obsessive", I thought. "How much time do those people have?" But then I discovered short, manageable at-home yoga videos on Youtube with "Yoga with Adriene". I tried a 30-day yoga journey in January 2018...and I never stopped.
Having an objective with yoga is a weird concept. In my normal life, everything is objective focused. But yoga is "experience-focused" - something that I often struggle to engage. It's not about how I feel at the end or what I do after - it's about actually being able to click in and enjoy the experience.
But of course...things do change. I feel more confident and comfortable in my body than I ever had before - even though I physically look very similar. I can do cartwheels and headstands. I can stand up from sitting cross-legged on the floor without using my hands.
I used to feel a bit like a head with a body that I needed to manage. Previous attempts to move more or exercise regularly were always focused on "enduring" some unpleasant activity to get positive outcomes at the end.
But now, I feel much more CONNECTED to my body. I understand that I move and stretch my body daily to work WITH it, not ON it, and I ensure that I do activities that I enjoy during and after. (I've recently added weekly Zumba, in that same strain.)