A lot of people I know in my personal life have asked me why I love yoga so much. I have only been doing yoga for three years or so and on the outside, I am not what many people picture when they think of stereotypical yogis. I am quite a bit older and heavier than most of the yogis in pictures and poses you see in the media. I am not the person who gets up at 4am every day to practice yoga. There are days when I don’t practice at all. I am most definitely not the cold shower taking yogi. Not by a long shot. I also like bacon. I really like bacon. And all of that is ok. Yoga is for everybody and can be different for every body.
Well, I’ve said it before, but here I go again! This is the worst flu season on record and it makes sense. As we continue to over-vaccinate, our flu bugs just get smarter and smarter making superbugs. We can’t stay ahead or even keep up. The 2017 flu vaccine proved to be less than 10% effective - that was reported by the CDC in case you think I’m getting radical. My real motive is to educate you. When you educate yourself, you find ways to take responsibility for your own health.
To be completely honest and forthcoming, when I started my yoga journey over 3 years ago I was really only focused on the physical aspects of yoga. I wanted to work on becoming more fit and healthy in the physical sense. I had never even really considered meditation and breath work at all, much less as a part of the healthy changes I wanted to begin to incorporate into my lifestyle. In fact, breathing and breath work became the most difficult part of yoga practice for me. Obviously I could not do all of the asanas (poses) immediately or well, but I found with practice I improved pretty quickly with most of the asanas. Breath work, or pranayama, was not the same way.