The alarm goes off at 5:45am.
Option A - The intention you set last night to go to yoga in the morning becomes a distant memory and you roll over and hit the snooze button… telling yourself you will go in the afternoon – even though you know you have a dinner with friends.
This is a moment of truth. A moment where you demonstrate whether you are a man/woman of your word. A man/woman dedicated to improving your full self.
Option B - you drag your sorry ar*e out of bed and get on the mat.
Why would you do this?
1) Yoga is a natural stimulant – The deep breathing, the poses send fresh oxygen everywhere to wake up your brain and body. If you master the deep breathing the extra energy will last you all day. In a morning class we tend to do more back bends (and stronger ones) which give your adrenal glands a little squeeze and help pep you up even more. Energise your day just by practicing in the morning.
2) Detox and elimination – Yoga breathing (especially when you are upside down) gets rid of the stagnant air (and toxins) sitting at the bottom of your lungs. The poses wring your organs out flushing the toxins out. This sets your body up to absorb all the nutrients for the rest of the day and function a lot more effectively.
3) You will be more calm and clear all day - the breathing, the oxygen, the poses – that yoga high you leave class on will set the tone for the rest of the day. You will be able to take a calm level head and emotional state with you throughout the day. Watch yourself be less reactive, less emotional and share the yoga bliss.
4) Mental clarity – research shows that yoga increases mental sharpness. It lasts 4-10 hours after your class. Take that with you to work and notice how much more efficient you are. Additionally yoga practice is usually a lot more centred. You haven’t had a day full of chaos that you take onto the mat, so instead the practice becomes more about you, and rewards go a lot further, sometimes into a meditative zone.
5) You will look younger – The stretching in yoga, and especially the hanging upside down makes your body, and your face tighter and lighter. It raises the serotonin levels, endorphins and feel good hormones. Your skin will literally be glowing.
6) Stimulates your metabolism - yoga regulates your metabolism. Doing it
first thing in the morning jump starts it up even more - keeping it elevated for
hours, maybe all day. What this means is your burn more calories all day long
just because you practiced in the morning. The class will also improve your
digestion & absorption of nutrients.
7) Morning exercise can also help regulate your appetite. You have an increased metabolism however you won’t be as hungry. Additionally many people find that they make better food choices as the morning practice puts them in a healthy head space.
8) HABIT! Build the habit and start to jump out of bed! It will be painful at the start but it wont take long to change your habit! Apparently 90% of people who regularly exercise (read more than 4 times a week) exercise in the morning. Your body starts to acclimatise and before long it will be easy to wake up – as your body will be preparing each day to exercise first thing.
9) No more excuses!!!! By 7:15am you have already done yoga for the day! All day you don’t need to worry about finding another excuse to avoid going in the afternoon. Or worry that something might get in the way of your class. This will improve your relationships, social lives, and most importantly the time you have to do other things for yourself. You are a lot more productive with the rest of your
Tips for breaking into the morning habit...
Some tips for breaking into a Morning practice habit.
1) Drop expectations. Morning practices are tough, the body is more stiff, but there are loads more benefits which make it worthwhile!!! The most noticeable is the stillness of your mind!
2) Prepare for your own excuses. If you know you are a habitual snooze button
advocate – place your alarm somewhere where you HAVE to get out of bed to
turn it off. Jump straight in the shower.
3) Make a date – Get a yoga buddy that you go to class with. Have a commitment to someone else is a great way to ensure that you can’t make excuses (And weekends are prefect for catching up for breakkie or a coffee post class). For some reason we don’t mind letting ourselves down, or breaking our own word/intention to ourselves… so if promising someone else helps you… do it.
4) Prepare!!!! Get your clothes ready (I sometimes even sleep in mine ), pack your lunch the night before, get your work clothes ready and everything in a bag so you just need to roll out of bed and go! All these things become distractions and potential excuses
5) The practice starts the night before and continues – make sure you go to bed hydrated. Eat a healthy meal. Start the morning with a warm lemon water. Watch what your body needs. Some people need a little food in their belly for a
morning practice – maybe try a fresh juice, half a green smoothie, or a banana.
6) Tell the world – Tell everyone you know that you are starting a morning
yoga challenge. Again sharing our intentions and goals with others tends to
make us keep our word more.
Written by Korinne McNeill.
A while back I wrote an equation for happiness. Sounds crazy I know. But I think it really sums up my perception on how to maximise your happiness. This is why when you practice at the Green Room you will hear all these words commonly thrown into the class.
Your Happiness = (Gratitude + Acceptance + Kindness)
Unfortunately Yoga in the Western world is often limited to a concept of putting our foot behind our head, a super strong workout, or a relaxing airy fairy class taught by a hippie. But it offers so much more. In each and every class you are subjected to subtle messages on how to transform your life. How to start to watch yourself, to control the
way your mind works, to control your body, to master yourself – nuggets of wisdom you will take or leave. Happiness creation is something we are big on at the Green Room – for obvious reasons. Life is simply easier if you learn to be happy. Of course this is always a work in progress. But even the work makes so much difference.
Often at the Green Room you will find your legs shaking, your mind throwing insults and sweat dripping into your eyes as the teacher calmly says ‘Smile.’ “Why? WTF? You expect me to smile, you want me to pretend I am enjoying this aching pain, when
we still have a minute to go?” is usually the facial expression that is shot back at the teacher. But slowly you start to get it. Slowly you start to get that happiness & enjoyment are a state of mind. And that YOU are in control of how your react, and therefore feel. That in that very moment even with your legs shaking like crazy you can stop and detach from the physical and simply focus on being happy. Happy that you are there improving your body, your mind, your strength, your health. Happiness is a choice. This power to detach from the external environment and be happy with what is – is a lesson that empowers your life on and off the mat.
Can you choose to be happy? Are you prepared to work on your happiness equation?
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others... I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” Dalai Lama XIV
Another easy way to manifest more happiness is practising gratitude – another lesson intrinsic to the culture at the Green Room. Too often in today’s society we focus on what we want – or what we don’t have. Be that weight loss, a higher salary, a bigger house, a partner, a holiday – always pinning our happiness on a goal or external element. Start to look within. Start to focus on what you already have. We are so incredibly blessed. Wake up each morning and find 10 things you have to be grateful for. You are alive, you have breath, you have a roof over your head, you have access to food, you have people who love you, you live in an amazing country, you have spare change. ALWAYS there is something to be grateful for. Then start to live your day this way. When you find a challenge or something that upsets/irritates you see if you can find something to be grateful for. Perhaps you can learn something about yourself, perhaps you will see a better way to do something next time. And go to bed again finding 10 things that happened that day that you are grateful for. Remember you are so
lucky. You will start to see a shift if your attitude, and your happiness.
Can you be grateful for today?
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
No situation is negative or positive – another lesson you will be accustomed too – Acceptance of what is. Chair pose – not negative or positive :) Whether it is a crazy arm balance that you just can’t get but the teacher keeps freakin putting it in the class, a work colleague yelling at you or losing your favourite sunglasses. It is your reaction to the situation that determines whether it is positive, negative or neutral. The situation
happened. It itself is a neutral situation until you start to label it. So start to watch your reactions. Most the time they are old thought/behavioural patterns coming into play. Next time you are stuck in traffic, faced with an aggressive person or a sucky situation - Before you react see if you can pause. Watch what you automatically go to – assess if this is appropriate and productive – and then react in an appropriate manner, trying to conserve your energy from yourself. Being upset, angry, etc all waste your energy and really it doesn’t achieve anything.
Can you choose to accept things for what they are?
dropping those dirty expectations.
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
Dropping those nasty expectations is yet another happiness lesson at the Green Room. Have you ever arrived to class feeling freakin amazing and thinking you are going to nail every single pose, including that crazy pose you have been practicing at home. You roll out your mat, feeling strong and ready and then a new teacher walks in. The class is slower, less physically challenging that you expected and you feel jibbed. You came here to work up a sweat, to perfect your poses, and you wanted to show the teacher just how far you have come. Drop that sh*t right now. Expectations lead to unhappiness. Every class no matter who or what the teacher is teaching is an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself. You can take each class and pose to where ever you want to. Yet another lesson that continues in the real world.
Have you ever been to a movie that everyone has talked up for 3 weeks only to be ridiculously let down??? Expectations lead to disappointment. If you start to drop your expectations of everything and everyone around you, life is easier. If you simply accept things as they are and as they happen you are not disappointed as you were not expecting anything different in the first place. One common problem area is putting our own expectations on how others should behave – friends, work colleagues, family. We need to remember that we are all individuals, with different thoughts and behavours. It is simply not fair to put your expectations of the world on other people.
Can you start to drop your expectations of others and situations?
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Indeed we do have the power to choose to be happy in any moment and this can be enhanced by practicing gratitude, dropping expectations, and reacting appropriately to situations. But if you stop and think about what actually makes you happy in life you will almost undoubtedly find that it is in fact sharing compassion, love and happiness with others that in turn brings happiness to others and yourself.
This is where the concept of Random acts of kindness comes from. Often we preach about random acts of kindness at the Green room as they are an easy way to increase your state of happiness whilst also making the world a better place. Whether they are as simple as picking up someone else’s rubbish, smiling at a stranger, buying food for the homeless, helping a stranger, calling an old friend, donating to a charity, they are all small acts that make a difference.
A few months ago the Green Room set a challenge to practice random acts of kindness. A regular student took this to a whole new level. After experiencing phenomenal life change induced by the Green Room – loosing 12 kilos in a few months, finding acceptance of traumatic life challenges and ultimately finding happiness at a time it seemed impossible- the student decided to share the happiness the Green Room had created with others. The random acts of kindness challenge was taken to a whole new level. They were not random acts of kindness but in fact well thought out and heart filled deeds. We had to share!!!! 7 acts of kindness in 7 days.
1. “For my first act of kindness I thought about how someone would feel if they were frail or unwell like my parents. How it would feel if they were unable to care for themselves but didn’t have family to visit or tell them it was going to be alright. The lonliness exaggereated by disorientation of medication. For this act I found a hospital and I had flowers delivered with a note that read only “These are for the patient that needs them the most.”
2. For my second act I thought about children and how they must feel without parents to care for them… those that had been through something traumatic….those who had never really known a childhood that I had been lucky enough to have had…. Children who felt lost – who might find their way if only they were shown some kindness. So I got some toys and gave them to a refugee appeal an asylum seeker resource center was having.
3. For act number three I thought about the conflict that I’d felt internally and how I’d been taught to breath. I started thinking how essential that was, and what the other essentials in life were – like water. I got to thinking about how there are places in this world where people are feeling conflict just like me but in a more physical sense, and didn’t have easy access to the bare essentials of life. So for this act I funded a clean water project for families fleeing Syria.
4. The fourth act just sort of happened. On my way back from the hospital one day I found $50 on the side of the road. I waited to see if someone would come back but when they didn’t I didn’t feel right keeping it. I thought about the way Korinne makes a room smile, and then really smile. So I got my friends together and we changed the fifty in one dollar coins. We then left them where others would find them. We left them on pay phones, so people could call loved ones on us. We tipped waiters for no reason – just walked in, tipped, smiled and walked out… and we left them in playgrounds for children to find and feel like millionaires or pirates discovering treasure. The hope that each find would inspire a new smile just like Korinne does in class.
5. For my fifth act I thought about what I’ve learnt about myself and how others should be free to learn as well. I’ve been reading the book by Malala Yousafzai the young girl who was shot by the Taliban for supporting education rights of women. Her courage and her as a person are the personification of this thought so to enact this act I gave to a grass roots rural Afghan education program.
6. Number six I thought about how the Green Room was an escape for me… wanting to give a gift of self I called every contract in my phone, one by one, for no reason, just to talk. I let them know how much they meant to me and just listened. Letting them escape, if only for a little while.”
The 7th act was a mind blowing letter to the Green Room. A letter that had me in tears knowing we were helping people find peace and happiness. And at how absolutely big this student’s heart was. It made me so incredibly happy to know that what we do at the Green Room is sending out compassionate vibrations across the region…Image the positive change you can bring into the world by sharing some kindness.
Can you start to work on choosing to be happy? Starting to drop your expectations of others and situations? Starting to practice acceptance of what is? Starting to practice gratitude? Beginning to incorporate random acts of kindness into your everyday life??
Basically the greater your acceptance, your compassion and gratitude, and the less your expectations – the greater your overall happiness.
Millions of books have been written on finding happiness and everyone here on this planet is just trying to find their own happiness. How hard are you working for yours?
Written by Korinne McNeill.
October has been declared a month for building Lyme Disease awareness, and to this end I would like to share with you my story. This is a piece close to my heart, close to a place I am not sure I am ready to share. But this is in aid of raising awareness, and hopefully helping others along the way.
I have Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that affects me on all levels from my organs, tissues, and cellular function, to my energy, emotions, hormones, fertility and capacity for life. The toxicity, inflammation, depletion and damage that results from this infection causes me both chronic degenerative symptoms, overlaid with cyclic acute flare ups, affecting every system in my body.
In 2004, near Torquay Victoria, I was bitten by a tick. In other parts of the world, tick carried Lyme disease is at epidemic proportions, affecting millions of people worldwide. In Australia though, the Government and Medical system fails to acknowledge the existence of Lyme disease locally. As a result I went undiagnosed for over eight years, allowing the disease to deeply take root.
Each day brings something a little different. It is a cyclic disease with ebbs and flares as the life-cycles of the Lyme bacteria phase through, and different organs battle through the effects. There are staple symptoms though: pain, lethargy, scary heart pain & beat fluctuations, tremors, cold sweats, memory loss, hormone imbalances, numbness, and foggy brain – they are all part of my everyday life.
I HAD to adapt my life to the limitations this disease puts on me, but I refuse to let it bring me down. I consciously choose to push through, to force my body by pure will most days, so that I may live my life. I built a career around Yoga for this reason; it is one of the few things that helps me function and feel a little more ‘normal’. It helps keep me sane while avoiding the inflammatory seize-up effects in my body. It supports me mentally, emotionally and physically, keeping my body strong while stimulating my immune system to help fight this war.
I’d be lost without it.
Many people haven’t heard of Lyme disease, let alone understand how debilitating it is. Lyme disease is considered non-existent in Australia, so as a consequence this disease is relatively unknown, often being defined instead by the symptoms and pathologies it causes – Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Motor Neuron Disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Lupus, Alzeimer’s, Juvenile Reumatoid Arthritis, MS, Parkinsons, etc. The irony is that is preventable if it is treated early. A preventive course of antibiotics and an antifungal straight away for six to eight weeks after a tick bite or possible infective exposure, this disease can be entirely diverted. If, that is, the medical system doesn’t let you down by misdiagnosing and delaying treatment. For me, eight years undiagnosed after a tick bite, means I have extensive and permanent damage to most systems of my body, and I will be dealing with this for the rest of my life.
My name is Korinne McNeill and I have Lyme disease. This is my story.
The alarm goes off. I breathe. All I can feel is pain, pulsing through my joints, my bones, my muscles, my head. Pain as though I have run a marathon, pulled an all-night bender …then got hit by a semi-trailer. My head pounds. It feels as though I have a clamp wrapped around it. Any movement, any light, any noise
making it tighter. My heart… it scares me, it’s beating so hard and fast, and it
hurts too. I want to throw up.
My arms, my legs, are heavy. They feel as though they are made of lead. I try to move them, try to roll over, trying to wake up, trying to send life into this
lifeless body. But all I can do is breath. Just think, with every breath, “You can
do this.” I look at my fingers, and ask them to move. I look at my arms and ask
them to move. Then slowly, with more breath, and more time, I can sit up, but I
can’t see clearly yet. My vision is blurred, my head is spinning, I feel like I
am dying. I want to throw up.
A bit more breath, a bit more time, and slowly I make my way to the kitchen where I know that coffee and a few handfuls of supplements will offer some life
support. Breakfast, and my blood sugar starts to rise, the energy will come and
I will start to pretend to be normal. The pain, still there, the nausea, still there, my heart, still paining, my arms, still numb. “You can do this.”
I get in the car and drive to work, as what choice do I have? Every day is a battle – and I can’t call in sick every day. I fall asleep at the traffic lights, my body feels toxic, my body so tired, my energy eroded by pain. I pull over feeling the need to vomit. I breathe through it, “You can do this.”
At work some of my co-workers imply that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which I had been diagnosed with, is all in the head. Those who really know me can see my inflammation is out of control, I am in a dire state of dis-ease. My face is
puffy, my eyes are dull, my soul is drained.
For over eight years this was my un-named battle – I’d make it through the work week to crawl home and collapse comatose over the weekend, while Monday loomed all too soon to have to replay and do it all over again. Not every day was this bad, but many were, and any time I did something a little adventurous – like have an alcoholic drink, eat too much sugar or stay up past midnight, I was comatose for a week.
Eight years and tens of thousands of dollars seeing GPs, physicists , endocrinologists, hematologists, neurologists, chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and more. Eight years of CAT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs; countless blood tests all confirming that things were not right – yet not providing enough evidence to put a name it. I ran the gauntlet. The western medicine system bounced me from specialist to specialist to no avail.
“You have chronic fatigue syndrome.” I refused to believe it. A syndrome
is a symptom, not a cause, and I knew that there was something else. Other practitioners declined to treat me because they didn’t understand it, and where perplexed by the way my body behaved. I looked okay on the outside, but my blood test results and symptoms painted a different picture.
That is one of the biggest challenges for those with Lyme disease, they don’t always look sick, so people think they’re faking, or seeking attention.
I am an absurdly healthy person, I have to be. I do everything within my power to stay as healthy as possible. Yoga, meditation, clean diet, no alcohol, supplements, lots of sleep and more. But this didn’t help me with my diagnosis. As someone who presents healthy, when you sit in front of a GP with a list of over 30 big complaints like heart pain, difficulty breathing, hormonal problems, brain dysfunction, neurological issues – they look at you like ‘there’s something wrong with you alright’ – here’s a script for some anti-depressants, as they give you that ‘you’re a hypochondriac’ look.
To make matters worse I had friends telling me the same thing. “Perhaps it’s in your head. Maybe you need to talk to someone.” For me this was the worst and most challenging part of the disease.
The physical elements I could deal with but the mental and emotional effect of constantly being told it’s in your head – even when you have tests showing that you are unwell and your body is not functioning properly – was the most defeating part. It created a mental war within me. As a result, I shut down. I stopped talking. I never spoke about how sick I was with anyone. This was the loneliest time of my life.
My Naturopath, Monica Williams, my guardian angel, was the only person who knew the extent of how sick I was, the only person who believed me, and who I truly confided in. In fact it was her, my Naturopath, who suspected the Lyme disease, and suggested I see a GP in Melbourne who specialized in it.
On March 16th 2012 I received a phone call that changed everything. My GP called to tell me that my tests for Lyme disease had come back positive, but that’s not all, all the other precursors that point to Lyme and other possible
co-infections came back positive. This was the most emotional day of my
life. I ended up curled in a ball, crying my eyes out for hours. Not because I had Lyme disease, but because of the relief, I finally had an answer. I was not crazy. I also knew that now I could identify the battle I was fighting, I could use more appropriate weapons. And finally I didn’t have to expend so much energy pretending I was okay.
The treatment began and helped me feel much better, but it continues – an ongoing combination of alternative therapies and western drugs.
I can be almost normal on some days, but totally debilitated on others. My digestive system is weak, I live on a gluten free, lactose free, soy free, low fructose and vegetarian diet – and even then I still have strong reactions to many things I eat. All my intolerances cause severe reactions –nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, headaches, diarrhea, and an aggravation in pain and inflammation that lasts for days.
I have a low functioning pituitary gland, adrenal glands, and thyroid – and at this stage it is unlikely I will be able to have children. My liver is like a temperamental child – often leaving me exhausted and toxic, and throwing a tantrum whenever I overdo it. Drinking is not an option. Sweats, tremors, numbness, shortness of breath, dizziness, black outs – all symptoms that come and go. My heart still scares me, waking me up in the night with pain. Sometimes feeling like it will explode, other times feeling like it wants to conk out. My brain struggles, memory the most obvious symptom with many others as well. Pain and the lethargy always there, the toxicity, the inflammation determining how severe.
But I am doing this. I am choosing not to be a victim to this disease. I am fighting it. I am riding the ebbs and flows, the growth of the bacteria, the killing of the bacteria and just doing what I can. I am ok. I choose to be happy. I choose to think strong. I may not feel the kind of ‘normal’ I felt nine and a half years ago, but I have made a better life along the way. My condition forced me to leave a stressful Marketing role in the corporate world, and rebuild my life from the ground up. It has led me to a life that I love, sharing my passion of yoga, health and life with other people. I am so grateful I can make a living doing this. Yoga is the one thing (other than sleep) that consistently gives me more energy than it takes, and it is now my work.
Others have not been so lucky. Lyme disease can be paralyzing, disabling and even fatal. My doctor said that if I wasn’t as stubborn, healthy and grounded as I am, I most likely would have been paralyzed by the time I was diagnosed.
Through this experience I have realized that I have to share my story. I now tell people that I have Lyme disease, not for sympathy, but to raise awareness.
I want people to know what it is, so that others don’t have to go through the suffering of misdiagnosis, and long term implications that I went and am going
If you or anyone you know are really unwell with a host of unexplainable symptoms, have a look at the website below, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of Lyme disease. If you suspect it, then get in touch with one of the GPs through the Lyme Association of Australia and get tested. Lyme disease is a world-wide problem. If you have it, and you catch it early enough, you can treat it. The method of transfer still needs a lot of research. It is possible
that if a tick can infect a human, could mosquitos? With or without a tick bite, knowing about this disease could change your life, or someone else’s.
Written by Korinne McNeill.
Often the first question I am asked by new students is ‘Why do people do yoga?’
Where to begin?
There are the obvious reasons - people come to yoga to loose weight, to tone up, to increase their fitness, flexibility, to destress - pretty much the normal reasons people come to any form of 'exercise'.
BUT Yoga is not JUST exercise although it offers all the same (plus so many many more) benefits. It is not about perfecting your body. It is not about what your body looks like in a pose, or obsessing about a particular pose. Yoga is not a competition with yourself, the person on the mat next to you or the teacher.
"Yoga is not about touching your toes, it's about what you learn on the way down."
Yoga translates to mean ‘union.’ Union between your mind, body,
breath and soul. It is about improving – your mind, body, breath and soul. It is
about knowing yourself. Accepting yourself as you are RIGHT NOW.
Yoga Asana , the physical poses of yoga, was developed thousands of years ago by Indians in an effort to make their bodies healthier, to enable them to sit for longer periods of time in meditation. Although today we are not sitting in meditation for hours on end, most of us do find ourselves sitting for hours on end which is where yoga asana is so useful.
The poses, the sequences, the breath, the whole class is designed in a way to work your entire body. Unlike modern day exercise this does NOT limit itself to your major muscle groups. Instead yoga works your largest muscles, smaller muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, organs, joints – the WHOLE ENTIRE body. The idea is that it moves the body in different directions to increase mobility and healthy function. Similarly each pose is designed to compress different organs so that when the pose is released you flush it out with fresh blood. What does this mean? It means that yoga asana is simply designed to maximize the OVERALL health of your ENTIRE body. It builds strength in your muscle, improves your posture, decreases pain (back, hip, headaches - you name it!) increases core strength, increases flexibility, helps your organs function more efficiently – it balances you whilst leaving you toned and fit. WINNING!!!
When you combine this with Breath awareness you will start to take the practice of Yoga to a new level. One definition of yoga is ‘ the cessations of the fluctuations of the mind’. In the land of yoga it is believed that there is an intrinsic link between the breath and the mind. If you can control your breath, you can control your mind. Thus when a student starts to focus intently on their breath and their body, the mind’s white noise stops - and yoga is achieved. The benefit of this is that you will find yoga starts to balance your emotions, your thoughts, your stress, anxiety and depression. You will leave class feeling refreshed and relaxed, no matter if you have done a hard core Hot Power Yoga, or a Relax class.
All this said ultimately Yoga can and will be what you want it to be. You only ever take the practice, the poses as deep/strong as your body needs at that given moment. And the breath as always comes first!!!
So if you are unsure if yoga is for you. Be sure that it is. It is about you so how can it not be for you? There are so many different styles and teachers available everywhere that there is a class that is perfect for where you are right now.
And if you practice yoga already - next time you are on the mat obsessing about the fact that you can’t touch your toes, but the new guy next to you can get his toes to his head…
just observe yourself, your thoughts, and remind yourself this is your journey,
and your journey only. What can you learn right now???
If you are curious about the stupidly long list of the benefits yoga creates… check out http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/beginnersguide/yogabenefits.asp
Written By Korinne McNeill - Green Room Yoga & Wellness Creator
KORINNE McNEILL: Yoga is life for Korinne. Creator of the Green Room Korinne is grateful everyday that she gets to share her passion with others.