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Yoga Helps Me Manage Stress.

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I started a gentle morning yoga class about 3 years ago for the strength and balance aspects of the practice. I've found that one of the things I most enjoy about my classes is the stress-reduction that comes with it.

Breathing matches movement, and both require some concentration, so I'm completely "in the moment" when I'm doing it. No other thoughts intrude to make me anxious or stressed. I really think I'm a better person when I go to class regularly.

Stress = negativity. Yoga = positivity. Stress prompts me to eat in an unhealthy way, searching for all those high calorie comfort foods.

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A person doesn't need to be naturally strong, fit or flexible to start a class. Most of the folks in my favorite class are retired people like me, most in their late 50s or somewhere in their 60s. Some are fat, some are skinny, nobody cares, and everybody is so supportive. I started with an introductory class offered through my local community college. I then joined the studio that the college class instructor owns. Love it!

Yoga also emphasizes listening to your body. What does it really need? Our bodies are vessels for our souls, so shouldn't we feed them accordingly? A few people in the more advanced classes even use Ayurvedic diets, but that's a bit beyond me. I just want to be a more mindful eater. Yoga is all about mindfulness, a concept you find in lots of articles about healthy eating or losing weight. I'm doing the sweets challenge to become more mindful of that part of me.

See where yoga can come into the pursuit of better health? I can't imagine quitting the practice. Oh, and for those of you with limited mobility, you can even find yoga classes that are done with chairs!

I've become a big proponent of yoga, and I hope you'll try it sometime.

ps: Yoga is NOT NOT NOT NOT a religion.

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