Apparently There IS A Wrong Way To Yoga
I’m sure most of you have heard of the supposed mental health benefits to doing yoga. Well, I started doing yoga about 7 months ago, and just found out I’VE BEEN DOING IT WRONG THIS WHOLE TIME.
Hold up, backtrack. It turns out, yoga isn’t about being stretchy and doing cool poses. Well, it is, but it isn’t. And because of that, you can go to all the yoga classes in the world or practice every day on your own and you still would be “doing” yoga.
The article I read that changed my views on how yoga works [click here to read it, highly recommend] used an example that “you’re supposed to breathe through your nose while constricting the back of your throat to make a sound like the ocean.” This was a life-changing realization for me. Why? Well, first off, try to make a sound like the ocean when you exhale. It’s very relaxing.
The most mind-blowing thing that the article taught me, though, is that doing yoga is an exercise in overcoming your anxiety. Doing these strength poses while controlling your breathing teaches your body that when you are being stressed or becoming anxious, it can breathe through the discomfort. There’s a way out of your panic spiral, and you can practice fighting your anxiety by doing yoga. And I’ll admit, it helps in other times, too. You know, the times that really make you anxious. Doing a good yoga workout reduces stress and makes you feel good about yourself. And you don’t have to be able to do the splits in six different directions to reap the benefits.
So if you have never tried yoga and are wondering if it might help you with your anxiety, it’s a great time to start. Just remember, focus on how your breathing sounds like the ocean, and let the waves carry your worries away. It’s a great day.