So, last night during my weekly hot yoga class our instructor started off with the class talking about injuries. She mentioned how individuals usually come to yoga as a result of their injuries as they cannot perform their normal fitness routines and want to still do something healthy for their bodies. I started practicing yoga regulary after I began battling plantar fasciitis last summer.
So, in a way, I’m thankful for my injuries for bringing me to yoga. Because as I sweat each week and improve on my strength and flexibility, I realize that I have focused for years on cardiovascular fitness, but have done a really bad job of neglecting other aspects of fitness. I could never touch my toes, do a backbend, do a headstand, do push-ups or any of that before yoga. I blew it off as I did not feel like I had a lot of time to do other workouts because running took up most of my time. Now, I am realizing that for the long-term, how helpful yoga will be. I have improved so much and although I may never get into some of those crazy arm balance poses, I love trying and learning something new each week.