Why I practice yoga and what I learnt during my 200 hour Yoga Teaching course
In my opinion, practicing yoga is one of the best things one can do in life. Yoga is all encompassing and can be supportive in almost every situation in life. I believe yoga can help prevent physical and psychical problems and can also support the treatment of illnesses. Having worked for twelve years in a western hospital, I am not convinced about how we treat illnesses. These days, it seems that medication is prescribed for everything. Rather than learning to move one’s body, people are consuming pills.
The number one psychical problem is stress. It has been proven that Yoga reduces perceived stress and anxiety, which in turn reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the level of stress hormones such as cortisol.
The 200 hour yoga teaching course has reminded me of the simple things in life. To live more in the present moment, and to lead a more minimalistic lifestyle. I have travelled the world by bicycle, an experience which had me really living in the present. The only things to care about on a daily basis were what to eat, where to sleep and where to head next. A truly simple and relaxing life. The experience of surviving for two years with four bags on two wheels was life changing:-)
During the past four weeks of daily yoga practice, I have also observed that my sleep has improved. I’m not sure whether it’s the result of the physical activity and mental relaxation or whether it’s the combination of three kids and an intensive yoga course 😉
Going forward, I would very much like to integrate yoga into my daily work as a physiotherapist. The knowledge I have gained will help me treat a wide variety patients for example those with neurological problems such as strokes, multiple sclerosis etc, as well as patients with back and neck pain or other chronic conditions.
Personally, I would like to strengthen my core muscles, particularly after three pregnancies. I have also cycled for over fifteen years, six of which were as a professional cyclist, so my hip flexors could also do with some lengthening 😉
Finally, I have found that yoga quietens a restless mind, and I would definately like to find more inner calm in this busy world.