Before I truly entered the world of yoga, I thought that it was just another workout. I would try to squeeze a yoga class into my weekly workout schedule in between boot camp classes and morning runs. As a lifelong runner and two-time marathoner, I never saw yoga as anything more than a type of workout—and a simple one at that.
About a year ago, I began to delve deeper into my practice, choosing to practice a yoga sequence in my bedroom over going to a HIIT class. It wasn’t until I began experiencing the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of yoga that I realized it is so much more than a couple of stretches on your off day. But even as I became more immersed in my daily yoga practice, I still didn’t understand the commitment to well-rounded self-care that’s embedded deep in its history.