Let me tell you what happened with my life since I started doing yoga. I will not even speak about the benefits for my body, the huge improvement of my posture (I suffered from kyphosis since I was a child) and other health benefits. I will talk about bigger changes.
After only a few months of practice I became much more aware of everything that was going on with me: my body, my mind, emotions, feelings, what is right (for me) and what is not. This allowed me to make some decisions that had a huge impact on my life. I started asking myself questions I’ve never even thought about before. Is this really a life I want to live? Is this really what makes me happy? Do I really want children? Why am I eating animals when I keep saying I love them?
In that time I stopped eating animals, I quit my job as a journalist, started focusing on the present moment, and decided to follow my dreams. That was a big change for someone who always used to live in the past, and at the same time had their whole future planned: get a mortgage, get married and have children, pay for the mortgage and children for the rest of your life. When I started connecting to my true self, I realized that life wasn’t for me at all. It was what was expected from me, not what I had really wanted.
That period wasn’t easy. It took a lot of courage to make some changes in my life, and the time of transition from my old beliefs to a more open mind, was the most difficult time of my life. But somehow I made it. With the help of yoga.
Despite all the very hard moments, I can honestly say that the last 5 or 6 years have been the best years of my life. I started doing what I really love, I am closer to my true nature than ever, and finally I feel like I found my purpose. I went from a quitter who loved their comfort zone, who feared change, avoided any difficult situation and ran away from every big life challenge, to someone who does the complete opposite: I embrace change, I face difficult situations and do my best to overcome all the obstacles (even if my first instinct is still to run away). I try to focus on the present moment, and I recognize what is right or wrong (for me).
All the big changes in my life happened after I started doing yoga and other self-work. I’m not saying my life is all roses now, and it still gets hard from time to time, but I’ve learned to face difficulties that come my way. And that’s one of the main benefits of yoga. It’s not a magic pill that will solve all your problems in a moment. Yoga will not teach you anything that you don’t know already. But it will make you remember what you forgot. It will make you see the truth. It is hard work, and it is for the brave. Do you dare?