I've not had a regular GP for the past 10 years and I reckon there's a strong possibility it could be due to my regular Yoga practice.
Why do we see Yoga as an 'indulgence'?
'Today I'm gonna treat myself to a Yoga class then get a massage'. Treat myself? I've never heard 'Today I'm gonna treat myself to the treadmill'. Fitness is a necessity and Yoga is an indulgence. Sure some of us enjoy the gym, but most of us exercise because we know we must.
Many of today's illnesses are due to stress. Fact. When we practice Yoga, there's an internal focus on the breath and stillness that helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Yoga does improve our mental and physical health.
Do I think Yoga should replace our weekly fitness regime? Nope. But I certainly think some kind of meditative practice should be just as important.
So, I reckon, instead of having a weekly fitness plan, we could maybe have a 'wellbeing plan' and we could mix it up a bit.
Below is a list of classes in Melbourne (just to name a few ideas) we can incorporate into our 'wellbeing plan'.
Mix it up a bit, relax and enjoy something different. You may be pleasantly surprised at how your body responds, and how different you feel :)
The Yoga Social Team