Let me tell you what has happened in my life since I started doing yoga. I will not even write about the benefits to my body, the great improvement in my posture (I have kyphosis since childhood) and other health benefits. I will write about major changes.
After just a few months of exercise, I was much more aware of everything that was happening to me: my body, mind, emotions, feelings, what is right for me and what is not. This allowed me to make some decisions that had a huge impact on my life.
I started asking myself questions that I hadn't even thought about before. Is this really the life I want to live? Is this really what makes me happy? Do I really want kids? Why do I eat animals when I say I love them? That's when I stopped eating animals, left journalism, started focusing on the present moment and decided to follow my dreams.
It was a big change for someone who always lived in the past, but at the same time had his whole future planned out: get married, get credit and have kids, pay for credit and kids for the rest of his life.
When I started to connect with my true self, I realized that this kind of life was not for me at all. It was what was expected of me, not what I really wanted.
This period was not easy. It took a lot of courage to make some changes in my life, and the time of transition from old beliefs to a more open mind was the hardest time of my life.
But somehow I managed. With the help of yoga. Despite all the very difficult moments, I can honestly say that the years since I have been working on myself have been the best years of my life. I started doing what really makes me happy and fulfilled, I'm closer to my true nature than ever before and I finally feel like I've found my purpose.
The years since I have been working on myself have been the best years of my life.
From a person who loved my comfort zone, who was afraid of change, avoided every difficult situation and ran away from every big challenge in life, I have evolved into a person who does the complete opposite: I embrace change, face difficult situations and I try my best to overcome all obstacles (even if my first instinctive reaction is still to run).
I try to focus on the present moment and recognize what is right or wrong (for me). All the big changes in my life happened after I started doing yoga, working on myself, personal growth.
I'm not saying that my life is rosy now - it's hard a lot of times, but I've learned to deal with the problems that come along the way.
And this is one of the main benefits of yoga. This is not a magic pill that will instantly solve all your problems. Yoga won't teach you anything you don't already know. But it will remind you of what you may have forgotten. It will help you see (your) truth.
It's hard work and takes a lot of courage, but it's more fulfilling than anything else in this world. Do you dare?