Recently I’ve become more aware of the journey of yoga students from the first class they ever take to their current class years later. I’m in awe of the vast journey that they have gone through and how much they have changed over the course of their practice. Here are three big ways that yoga changes you.
More Good, Less Bad
At this point we all know how good yoga is for us. When we start to add good into our lives, we naturally let the bad fall out. You might not even realize it happening. It might start little by little with food choices. You took a yoga class, you’re feeling good and have that glow about you, now what will you have for lunch? You’re normal burger will make you feel down and tired so you opt for something more nutrient dense and green because you know that will keep your post yoga glow going strong. You’ll start to notice the things in your life that make you feel good and the things that cause you pain. As you become more aware of each, you’ll be more inclined to keep the good and clear the bad.
A good yoga studio will have a thriving, supportive community that surrounds it. I’ve made so many friends from yoga and we’ve got each other’s backs. If you’re new to yoga or a studio, make new friends and become a part of that community. Not only will it will hold you accountable to stay consistent with your practice, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who only want to see you grow. Plus it’s pretty amazing to be able to talk to someone about the joys of Ayurveda or how you flew your first ever bakasana and have them totally understand what you’re talking about.
Yoga will 100% build your confidence. On a physical level, you’ll start to feel more graceful, stand a little taller and become more aware of you posture. You’ll feel less stiff and will move with more ease and lightness. Mentally, you’ll feel powerful in your own skin. You’ll become proud of who you are as an individual and the unique qualities only you have. You’ll understand your breath and how you can use it to your advantage. Your skin will look better (see number one) and you will remove the negative from your life leaving you to feel like the superwomen you always knew you were.