Yoga … it’s my exercise thing. Even though I was into athletics and running in high school, I’m not really into high-impact exercise anymore. I like the slow, smooth and steady approach to getting fit and leaving all my problems on the mat.
I remember a time I had to get massaged every month without fail to deal with stiff shoulders and neck due to working in front of a computer for hours and days on end. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved massages, but it was crap that I had to get them out of necessity and not for pleasure.
My lower back ached after damage from carrying a 20-kg backpack for months through Europe in my early 20’s. Yep, back to the masseuse and chiro.
Then I discovered yoga and the right instructor – because in my view, my yoga practice was considerably enhanced by the quality of instructor (I tried a few) and the intention I brought to my classes. When I started to do it consistently once or twice a week, my pains went away and I didn’t visit a masseuse for pain relief for nearly 4 years. Then I got pregnant last year and stopped yoga at 20 weeks as my belly got bigger, I looked ridiculous and couldn’t actually do my favourite pose downward dog (so good!).
Yep, back to the masseuse pre- and post-pregnancy.
That’s enough proof for me – yoga is king.
What’s your exercise of choice?