It feels like everyone is doing it nowadays. Everyone but me..
I always wanted to try but for some reason I never did. In the gym I used to go, they offer Pilates classes, but in some positions you don’t want a big window looking into the yoga space where everybody (especially some guys with great fantasy) can check out your fine ass. So far, that was the closesed I’ve ever been to yoga.
Thereby someone told me some stories about people doing yoga and being so relaxed, they started farting, moaning, or just fell asleep. So you can imagine I wasn’t really looking forward to taking classes.
But, now Ida went on a yoga retreat in Thailand and I also heard my friends are practising yoga at home, I thought it was time for me to try it out.
So I dusted of my yoga mat, it’s actually for fitness, (but what the heck) and there I found myself sitting on the floor in my living room, searching YouTube for lessons on my tablet. I found ’30 days of yoga with Adriene’. I’m a down-to-earth person and she appears to me as someone who could be my friend. Not taking it all to serious, some jokes in between, perfect for my first experience.
I did my first three days of yoga with Adriene and I must say… This is really my cup of tea! So far it feels damn good!
Now I’ve tried to find the sense and nonsense about yoga. Sites and blogposts tell you all about the advantages. But for some reason I think half of it are myths.
I’ve read an article from an American science journalist, William Broad. He’s the author of The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards. He did scientific research and he found out that a lot of these advantages are a bit overrated. Not to mention it also brings a lot of risks with it.
In spite of what a lot of yogi’s are saying. Loosing weight, is not really what you should want to accomplish with yoga. He says yoga slows down the metabolism instead of fostering it.
In his article he tells about a woman who got a stroke during a lesson because an artery was pinched in a certain position. He tells about people who torn their Achilles or other muscles. Or how many people get injured and need to go the emergency room. If I didn’t knew that William Broad was a yogi for over 40 years now, I would not believe all that I’ve read in his article.
But all of this serious talking is not stopping me from keep doing my yoga lessons with Adriene every day. It sounds to me that there are a lot of risks, but no more than any other sport. If I will not push myself in some weird positions I’m actually able to, I think I should be fine.
Though William Broad didn’t throw all the myths over board. With some poses there are hormones and brain waves released. And they could work as an aphrodisiac effect. Clinical shows that both men and women who are new to yoga, experienced more pleasure and satisfaction, and to feel more emotionally connected to their partner..
So we will see when I continue my ’30 days of yoga with Adriene’..