My favorite way to exercise is yoga. I mean it. I may not be super thin, or hugely built, but yoga keeps me long, lean and strong. And all while helping me center, burn stress and connect with my inner life. Not a bad deal for twenty minutes a day!
Transparency alert ~
I am not stone cold consistent with my practice. I often will put it off or skip it entirely for the lamest of reasons. Being too tired, feeling sore, or being...ahem....too busy are all excuses I have offered myself for not showing up on my mat when I had intended to.
And yet, when I return, my mat is always there, offering no judgements, feeling none of the neglect, ready to support me as I move through the asanas. As a workout companion, my mat is one of the best I have had. It's always there for me when I need it.
And yoga is wonderful in that you need no special equipment, not even shoes, to indulge in it's benefits.
My mind, like most of yours I am sure dear reader, is abuzz with thought more often than not. Yoga is difficult to practice distracted. To get deep benefit from the practice it requires me to be fully present to what is happening in my body. To be aware of what is grounding, where I am reaching, what muscles are lengthening and which are contracting, where my eyes are gazing and how my breath is moving.
Yoga, you see, asks nothing more of me than my presence. In my mind, in my body and on my mat. The more I can give this little gift to myself of presence in practice, the more space I invite into my mind where there are no thoughts. This space grounds me. It is my awareness that is beyond thought, the presence that allows me to edit my words before they fly out of my mouth (see previous post on Unsought Words) and stop to think before I react.
Yoga is my constant companion, and my absolute favourite way to exercise, hands down.
(Zumba rocks too, but that's a post for another day :) )