Take Time To Breath

Why Yoga Is Important by Guest Author Becky Hardy

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My name is Becky, and I am a yoga teacher. I have always been very active person and enjoying many forms of activities and exercise. As a little girl, I started taking dance classes and then began martial arts in middle school. In high school I began to enjoy going to the gym to lift weights, do cardio and take a wide variety of classes.

About 14 years ago I decided that if I was going to be at the gym every day anyway, I might as well teach classes in order to make a few bucks and help spread the gift of fitness to others.

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Take time to breath; why yoga is important.

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My first fitness certification was in mat Pilates and then I continued to get 9 additional certifications in all different modalities over the next several years. After teaching a full load of classes every week for years, I found my body began feeling very tired and I started to experience over use injuries. Everything in moderation.

I realized that I needed to re-set what was important to me and how I could best impact the students in my classes. That is when I shifted my focus to yoga for its many benefits. So, 4 ½ years ago, I decided to take the plunge and get my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification.

For me, yoga is about taking time to slow down and just take a moment to breath.

Today’s world is so busy, and we don’t always take the time to check in with ourselves and how we are feeling. When you stop to focus on yourself for a moment, you notice things like tension in different areas of the body where stress has collected, a scattered mind, or that you are an emotional mess.

Through yoga, all of these things can be addressed to make you a better version of yourself.

Some people may be intimidated to try a yoga class, but there is no reason to be. Whether you go to a gym that offers yoga or a yoga studio, there is a class to meet everyone’s needs. Before you take a class, ask for a description and if the class takes into consideration that you are a beginner.

You don’t have to be the most flexible, have the best balance or be the most Zen to join a yoga class. Most teachers give options to new students and provide reminders that…

… yoga is never a competition but about meeting themselves right where they are.

Each person can focus on what they need most from their experience, whether that’s strength, flexibility, balance, or the ability to disconnect from the world and technology, giving our minds a break.

The commitment to yoga does not have to be all or nothing.

Some individuals may enjoy taking a class once or twice a week while others may love to practice yoga every day. Yoga is a great complement to more intense workouts or activities you might enjoy and help you perform better at them as well. Flexibility and focus have benefits everywhere.

I wholeheartedly feel that each and every person can benefit from adding a little yoga to their lives.

— Becky Hardy

Thank you to Becky for generously sharing her passion for yoga!

I asked Becky what her favorite yoga product is that she could recommend for my WMD readers, and she said, “I think yoga blocks are great. They help with body positioning to attain better alignment for better posture.”

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Written by Dayna

Hi, I'm Dayna Wilson. I live in sunny Florida surrounded by water, but I'm always thirsty. I simply just didn't drink enough water, and it was causing chronic health problems. When my mom developed Alzheimer's and osteoporosis, I decided to make a lifestyle change so that I didn't have the same future. I'm sharing my journey to a healthier lifestyle of water drinking, clean eating, and exercise. Change isn't easy, but I hope that we can prevent chronic illness and disease by living a healthier life.

2 Comments

    • That is really great, Paola. I am learning beginning yoga moves, but they are hard on my bad wrist. I agree with you, that yoga really helps you focus on your body when you try to build your core strength. Thanks for sharing. xx

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