Growing up as a professional mountain biker who eventually turned into a runner, I'm embarrassed to admit that I used to trash yoga. When I say trash it, I just mean I never thought it was worth my time.
When I thought about yoga, here are some of the thoughts that would run through my mind:
"I don’t have an hour to sit and do nothing. I’d rather run or ride my bike."
"I feel out of place as one of the only males."
"I don’t want to look stupid, so I’ll just stick to running and biking since I’m comfortable with it."
Looking back, I can't believe how wrong I was! I had such an "either/or" mentality, meaning that if I only had an hour to work out during the day, I wanted to make sure I got my heart rate up and sweat like crazy.
How did I make a change, you ask? It all started when I met my partner, Melissa. She was not only a regular yogi, but she was dedicated to her practice. Her beautiful smile, her passion for yoga, and perhaps the allure of being able to walk to class and hold her hand the entire way got me off my ass and onto the mat.
I still travel a lot for work, so I’m not a daily attendee, but even going one to two times per week has made a huge difference in my life.
Here are some of the benefits I've noticed after just three months on the mat.