When I look at how I manage the everyday juggle and grind, there is one thing that keeps me most grounded through it all. There is one thing, that no matter how stressed I am, or how frazzled I may be, that literally transforms my entire aura.
About 11 years ago, I was close to burning out. I don't think anyone knew just how close I was. I owned a successful company, with sales growing by the quarter. I was named one of the Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs. Top 40 Under 40 Nominee. I graced the cover of multiple business sections in newspapers. I was named a Profit Hot 50 Company. One of Canada's 50 Emerging Growth Companies. I was the only female CEO on the list. And more. I was newly married. I had no kids.
But the more my company grew, the more I burned out. I wasn't sleeping at night, and my mind was consumed by the business 24/7. I started to see a therapist who told me to create a "Worry List" on my nightstand. The Worry List worked as follows: When my thoughts kept me up at night, the idea was to transfer them from my head onto paper, to worry about them at another time (not during my sacred time, when I deserved to sleep).
She also told me to try something else: yoga. And so I did. I hired a private yoga instructor to come to my house twice a week. I did prenatal yoga throughout both my pregnancies. I now do yoga at my gym or at home. And ever since that near burnout, I have never stopped doing yoga.
So, in honor of National Yoga Awareness Month, I wanted to perhaps turn YOU onto yoga. And give you some tips. Yoga could change your life.
If you think you won't enjoy it, or that it's not a workout, or that you won't get toned, or if you think yoga is for freaks, I want to leave you with five reasons: Why yoga?
So Happy National Yoga Awareness Month readers!
As the Buddha says: "There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."
I'd love to hear if yoga has helped you in any way. Feel free to leave any yoga tips for our readers, or any ways yoga has helped you in your life.
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