I started doing Yoga/Qigong in early December 2016 because I lost a bet and I’m not ashamed to admit that. It was the best thing that ever happened to me in hindsight. If you know me, you’ll know I’ve got more issues than a magazine, but many of those issues have significantly decreased because I started doing these two things. My best friend who saw what a nervous wreck I was during my final exams last year, so he suggested that I try going to Yoga and Qigong once a week. I agreed to go with him because I had always wanted to try Yoga, but I never made time for it. I have since learned the importance of taking care of my mind, body, and spirit.
3. I have increased my flexibility.
When I first started doing yoga, I started off very slow because of my back. I would do 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes before bed. I was already flexible to begin with, but I have since been able to do poses that I couldn’t when I first started. I also realized that many of the poses were things that I already knew how to do, I just never realized they were yoga poses. My initial flexibility helped me master many of the beginner poses and daily stretching helped open up my body.
2. It hasn’t helped me lose weight, but it helped me feel good about my body image.
Okay, maybe I did lose a few pounds, but it was not strictly doing yoga. It has helped me feel good about how my body looks, and that’s an important part of losing weight. It doesn’t matter what number is on the scale as long as you’re happy with how your body looks. It does help facilitate weight loss in the sense that it wakes up your body and gives you the energy to get things done. You definitely won’t lose 20 pounds doing yoga, but I would venture to say you might lose a pound or two by avoiding stress.
1. I rarely have panic or anxiety attacks.
I used to have panic and anxiety attacks on a daily basis. I used to have 4 panic attacks a day. As of 3 years ago, I would only get them maybe 4 or 5 times a month. But ever since December 24, 2016, I have only had 1 panic attack. Some people take for granted that their life is panic attack-free, but I am so grateful every day to have found a way to deal with something that has affected me for over 10 years now.
If you are in San Antonio and would like to attend a Qigong or Yoga class, please visit Gentle Wellness