Jumping in here on an old thread but this has been my experience too...
I started practicing yoga in last May after my doctor (at a routine checkup) asked me what I was doing for myself these days. I sat there, not being able to think of a single thing I liked to do for myself. It was the eye-opening moment for me that made me realize I had put myself on the back burner for far too long.
I had wanted to try yoga at a studio (I had done a little at home with DVD's) and made myself go out of my comfort zone and try it. I LOVED it! Everyone was so encouraging and it was non-competitive (of course!).
Doing yoga regularly got me much more in touch with myself on all levels and I realized now I had some depression going on for the past few years. I am completely out of that now, thankfully.
After practicing yoga for a while, I began making other healthy lifestyle changes. I decided to add running to my routine and did the Couch to 5k program this summer and finished it! Just finishing that was mentally a big deal for me. I joined Weight Watchers and have lost nearly 20 pounds now with a bit more to go. But yoga was the catalyst that brought those positive changes into my life, that got me understanding myself.
The owner of the yoga studio where I go told me "Yoga works you from the inside out". She is so right. It certainly has worked me from the inside out. I started out hoping to gain back some flexibility and strength and got that but so much more. I am so much more in tune with my body and spirit now.
Amy in MI
| current weight: 149.6