This year I opted for yoga as the easy way out of my Universities physical requirement. Let me start by saying that I've always been super skeptical about yoga. I've always been told how great it is and how I should try it... but why would I do something that's not going to make me skinny, and just stretches my muscles? Oh how ill-informed I was. Without getting preachy, let me tell you why I love yoga.
To put it in to simple terms, yoga focuses on poses, breathing, and clearing the mind. It takes a mind-body-soul approach to working out. That sounds absolutely nuts right? Like those crazy people that swear they get high by running? That's besides the point... So let me break it down. There are many different poses in yoga, as well as different levels of difficulty and different types of yoga. Physically, each pose stretches a different muscle and helps with flexibility and sometimes balance, as well as circulation and so many other things. You breath in/out as you move from pose to pose, and focus your attention on just that. Mentally it's time to take yourself to a happy place and allow yourself to relax.
It's so nice to focus on breathing and let my stress just slip away. I don't have to think about anything but what pose I'm moving to next, and I temporarily forget about what happened earlier or what I have to do tomorrow. My body feels so relaxed during and after yoga, I always leave my class with a smile. Now don't get me wrong. Yoga can make you sweat if it's intense, and I definitely can feel it sometimes later. But it doesn't feel like I'm working out when I do yoga. It feels like I'm taking a break from chaos. My life is a whirlwind of continuity, so having that 1 hour of nothingness is amazing. That is why I like yoga.
Obviously there is so much more to yoga than that, and I'm NO expert (I'm still a beginner) but that's my take on yoga. What do you like to do? Have you ever tried yoga?