I told myself, yoga is the way! It makes me feel good, it works all areas of the body, it calms me, it keeps me limber and strong. This is it!

Can a yogi do other sports/exercises apart from yoga? I sure as hell hope so. When I first started teaching yoga I thought I needed to spend all my free time practicing asanas, sitting for long periods of time in meditation, practice all the pranayama, spend my money on workshops and books, making sure that I was “filled” with yoga. I only allowed myself to run for 30 minutes at a time because I knew that longer would surely tighten my hips, thighs, and hamstrings, and would inhibit me from doing those really “advanced” asanas like I wanted.

I told myself, yoga is the way! It makes me feel good, it works all areas of the body, it calms me, it keeps me limber and strong. This is it!
Actually, those things were all true and still are. Whenever I practice asanas these days, I feel better, more open, more aligned, more quiet. However, the last several months really solidified my thoughts that my body and my mind sometimes want to do other things. Having spent more than 15 years playing sports and 10 of those playing competitively and training at a high level, I’m finding myself returning to those days. Perhaps the muscle memory is still in there. I’m a yoga teacher but I’ll confess; I don’t practice hours of asana every day. I like to run. I enjoy functional training. I like martial arts. I also enjoy dancing, which, in itself is an exercise if you really go for it. I’m hoping to go rock climbing in the next couple weeks and get my head punched again while training in Muay Thai.
Whether you’re a student or a teacher of yoga, choose your own path of course. But if you’re debating whether or not to spend 4 hours dancing Salsa in high heels because it might make your hips and lower back tight…please, go dancing. And have a Corona or two while you’re at it.


 
 



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