Hi, my name is Kayla and I’m a yoga drop out.
I tried to like yoga, I really did, and over the span of several years, I’ve taken college classes, classes at the gym and even tried doing it alongside YouTube videos in my cramped room while my cat crept under my downward facing dog.
I bought the clothes and the special mats.
I read books and articles about the power and benefits of yoga.
But after many attempts of trying to balance my mind and body only to start for a few weeks, stop for a few months, then start and stop again, I finally had to resign myself to the fact that yoga isn’t for me.
I believe in exercise and health. I especially believe in the power of exercise to help keep your mental health in balance. When I exercise, I feel a tremendous amount of stress relief, I feel more energized and I simply feel better about myself.
That being said, when I recommend exercise I personally believe that it should be something that results in satisfaction in addition to the health benefits.
Sure, if I were an athlete or had goals that involved creating and maintaining a certain muscle composition, then I would have to participate in training activities that I might not enjoy.
But as a regular Jane who’s just looking for a way to incorporate exercise into my life for a general health benefit, in order to maintain my routine I need to enjoy what I’m doing. The way I figure it, if I don’t enjoy it then I’m not going to do it and its better to do something than nothing at all.
A reason that I think I feel guilty for not sticking with yoga is that its promoted as something that everyone is supposed to like. It’s touted as an exercise with so many benefits and comes in so many different forms, that anyone could and should do it. However, I’ve tried many other exercises and routines that I couldn’t get into and don’t feel guilty about it. I ultimately go back to the things that I enjoy.
Face it, yoga is a trend. Albeit, it’s a healthy trend and one worth promotion, but people often feel the need to jump on the bandwagon with things that “everyone else is doing” but just like anything else, sometimes its simply not the right fit.
So overall, I believe that yoga is beneficial. I believe that it has the power to expand the mind as well as physical stamina. I believe that it can be life changing for people who adapt well to it. It’s just that at the end of the day, yoga isn’t for me.