Here are my 8 reasons why I yoga:
1. Gets Me Out Of My Own Selfish Head
I don’t know about you, but the vast majority of my thoughts are about me. If I am hungry, what I should wear tonight, what I did yesterday, what I am going to do tomorrow. Me, me, me. I think about me all the time and it is the root of misery. The more I think about me, the less happy I am. Yoga reminds me to direct that internal obsession to the external needs of others. The more I prioritize helping those around me and caring about the beings on this planet, the more peace I feel inside myself.
2. Keeps Me Honest
3. Makes Me Feel Strong
4. Reminds Me To Breathe
5. Keeps Desires In Check
We all have desires that feel dire – when you are like “I need that piece of cake,” or “I must have those yellow suede boots” or “if they don’t kiss me right now my face will implode.” Of course in the moment it might seem necessary, but taking a step back to question why you want what you want will remind you that you want a lot less than you think you want.
6. Helps Me Stay Focused
7. Helps Me Deal
8. Connects Me To The Divine
It was during those years that I started to feel the eternal nature of love. How even though my friend was no longer tangibly with me, our connection was boundless. This, I think, was the greatest gift of all.
Toni Nagy – writes for Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet, Elephant Journal, Yoga Dork, Hairpin, Thought Catalogue, Muses and Visionaries.