I’d seen yoga on the gym class timetable but always thought “no way, I’m not flexible enough……I think I’ll give it a wide birth.” Little did I know, I was completely missing the point. Fast forward six years, I’m living in Dubai and my friend invites me to sunset beach yoga. I was down for the sunset and the beach and by this point I was more confident, so thought “yeah, I’ll give yoga a try.”
After a few classes I was hooked. I loved how yoga stilled my mind like no other exercise. With each class my flexibility was improving and I was able to go into poses more deeply. But this was the biggest revelation……I felt calmer and I was able to cope with stressful situations much more easily.
I learnt how the concept of yoga is actually nothing to do with flexibility and headstands. Of course, these are added benefits of continual practice but yoga goes much deeper than that. It’s not just about our bodies. Yoga develops mind awareness through experiencing what’s going on in the body. Outside of the practice, this awareness can then be transferred into every day life helping to deal with stress and anxiety.
Yoga can be seriously transformative. When the mind is crowded with thoughts and feelings, it’s unable to think clearly. Mine had (and sometimes, still does have) the tendency to jump from one thing to the next at a rate of knots. Discovering the meditative aspect of yoga was what I loved the most. Observing the flow of my thoughts with less attachment and judgement introduced me to mindfulness and gave me coping mechanisms for everyday life. Through creating mind stillness and space, yoga enables us to gain a deeper perspective of the world around us, rather than being caught up in the intricacies of our thoughts and feelings. I never realised before how breath is the most powerful tool we have to reduce anxiety and stress levels. By learning to take deeper, fewer breaths during yoga movement, I noticed I was also able to use this technique outside the yoga class to regulate my thoughts and deal with challenging situations much more effectively.
As I’m now approaching 31 weeks of pregnancy, yoga is crucial for me when experiencing new feelings about the very exciting but unknown future. As a prenatal exercise it’s great because no matter what your previous experience or fitness level, you can practice throughout pregnancy as long as you feel able (unless your doctor advises otherwise) Yoga Thai massage is also the perfect antidote for aching limbs and provides amazing relaxation.
My reason for writing this is because if like me, you think you’re not flexible enough for yoga – you’re wrong! Give it a try……it could be your best support in dealing with that agonising situation at work or the stressful family dilemma you might be in. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without yoga now – all thanks to the one who invited me to sunset beach yoga. Namaste my friend.
My favourite class is Jivamukti with Dina at 136point.1 yoga in Dubai Marina. If you’re a fellow pregnant person, check out classes on Monday at 10am and Thursday at 5pm. Dina also offers Thai Yoga massage. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Date posted: 12th February 2017