Ever heard the expression “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life?” I think that exact same principle applies to exercise: if you don’t enjoy doing a specific activity, don’t do it. Whether it’s running, swimming, pilates…whatever: the minute you start to dread a particular exercise, chances are you aren’t going to keep up with it in the long run!
Personally I can’t get into yoga at all…which is why I don’t bother signing up for classes or making use of the abundance of yoga instructors in Mumbai. Yeah yeah, I know how wonderful it is for my mind & body but it just doesn’t cut it. I have tried it over and over again, and maybe I’m not evolved enough spiritually, but I find it boring & under-stimulating. As for Bikram yoga, don’t even go there! I just can’t seem to reach that level of zen which most “yogis” rave about, and random thoughts seem to wander through my mind at a billion miles per second:
- What should I have for dinner
- Why isn’t there a clock in this room?
- Aren’t Indians meant to be good at yoga?
- Some of these poses are pretty dirty
- I could live in yoga pants
- I hope the person next to me doesn’t let it rip
- I can’t wait to rehydrate with coconut water
- I need to phone ____ back
- I really need to repaint my toe nails
…You catch my drift!
However that all being said, I still do practice yoga occasionally…just not in the typical, class setting or for very long either On the rare occasions that I take more that 185 seconds to stretch, yoga poses are my best bet. Especially after what seems like a trillion lunges or a speedy run, there’s nothing my hamstrings beg for more. Hold the pose long enough, and it hurts oh so good! Some of my favorite stretches include:
And my personal favorite…and one that I do daily for at least 7 hours 😉 :
Yoga- hate it or love it?