I had my first yoga experience about ten years ago. There were articles in the newspapers about this form of exercise and I was curious about it. However, I did not start practicing until I bought two yoga books, which were on sale. All was good initially as I tried out the poses by following the instructions in the books. I enjoyed it so much that I even set aside time after work to do my practice on every other day. However, trouble sets in when my ego and competitive nature took over. I forgot to listen to my body and trained through pain.
Being a competitive athlete since young, I was taught to value speed and power. Pain was my companion through all the trainings then. Hence, when I use this mindset to practice yoga, you could be sure that I would end up with injuries. Indeed, I suffered muscle pulls and that eventually put a pause to my practices. This pause became an extended one and although I still believe the health and goodness it brings, I did not restart my regular practice.
Fast forward to 2015, I was feeling very stressed from work and it did not help when my weight was increasing very quickly. Even my mum was reminding me about my exploded physical body. I wanted a change from my usual routines, to become more active, healthier and happier. So I picked up yoga again. This time round, I wanted to learn from teachers and not only through books, as I do not want to end up with injuries like before.
My first day in a yoga studio was 30th July 2015 and since then, I’ve seen great changes in my life. The pain that I often experienced at the back of my neck, on my right shoulder, my lower back and from heel spurs have gone. I learnt to be patient in what seems to be tough situations. In addition, I found a way to connect and network with my friends, ex-colleagues and current colleagues. 😀