Why Yoga Isn't About Fitness For Me

January 11, 2017

"Yoga is not about touching your toes, it's about what you learn on the way down."
~Judith Hanson Lasater

I've seen this quote in so many places, but never actually took the time to think about the meaning until I came across it again. You might've noticed a lack of yoga posts here the past few month..... because I haven't been practicing. It wasn't an intentional break but between work, working out, moving over a whole month and the holiday hustle and bustle, it's been put on the back burner for quite a while.


I was listening to a Yoga Talk podcast recently (highly recommend for any yogis!) and the topic for episode 40 was focused on body image and how we need to move away from the mindset that yoga is simply a good workout.

While thinking about my 2017 goals, and taking some time off from yoga, this podcast made me realize something: I don't love yoga for the workout. I admittedly used to, but my mindset has shifted the past few months.

Now, it's my heart and soul that crave yoga flows - not my muscles. I love yoga because it makes me feel emotionally balanced and in sync. When I walk out of the studio, my world and everything around me is better. I have a much better perspective on things I'm stressed about and I want that feeling to last forever. Isn't that better in the long run than sore muscles?



Just like writing my thoughts down in a journal, yoga is another way for me to express myself and stop worrying about things I can't control.

I talk all the time about how if we really do want to work out, we'll make it happen. The same applies here: whether it's a shorter at-home yoga flow or a class at my local studio, every time I step on the mat and connect more with myself, that's worth it. We all need to make more time for hobbies and doing things that make us happy, relieve stress, and feel alive, and for me, one of those is yoga. Especially when life becomes stressful, we need to find balance and channel our energy in a more positive way.

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I came across this Well + Good article on the best workout according to your horoscope, and I was curious so I scrolled down to the "best workout" for a Cancer sign. I was shocked to see that it's yoga! If that isn't another sign, I don't know what is.

So, let's start the new year off right by taking time for ourselves and doing more of the things that make us happy, free, less stressed and more in tune. It's such a waste to not feel fulfilled. So, one of my 2017 goals is to practice yoga regularly and I already have a class on my calendar. I am so excited to get back into the flow (hehe) and I know I won't regret it.

How does yoga help you? What makes you feel fulfilled?


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4 comments

  1. Appropriately, I took my first yoga class yesterday! I loved how much it helped with my anxiety and to induce positive thoughts into my mind! I definitely want to take more in the future.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

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    1. Ahhh, YAY! I'm so glad to hear that! I've got several classes coming up and I can't wait to get back to it!

      Alissa

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  2. I need to get back yoga, like yesterday! You are SO GOOD at it.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    1. Thanks, Tanvi! You should definitely do it - I love it so much. We can always meet up and go together! :)

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