I spent most of the summer (and every day during month of September) doing yoga. Nothing but yoga.
I have read over and over this works, yoga can be all you need. And I have seen people that do nothing but yoga. They have perfect, strong bodies.
I went to the gym and ran. I hated it.
I did huge weight lifting sessions. I hated it.
I walked through countless sets of lunges. I almost opened wine it sucked so bad.
So I went back to yoga.
The ski resorts are opening. I have skied three days. I already know I am at a whole new level of strength, comfort, and light-footed-ness. The yoga worked. It has transformed my body, to respond and react to the snow. It has changed my mind, the totally let go and trust that I can do whatever I try.
I’m not going to end up breaking any world records, but yoga helped. No question. It wasn’t the miserable workouts. No question.
The poses I have learned have so much to do with balance, like skiing. I feel like I’m skiing a new way, that yoga found for me. My core is stronger and my mind and body are centered.
I gained a little bit of grace, and it’s going a long way.
Skiing today also reminded me of my happy place. I love being on my mat, but I ADORE being on the mountain. Nothing makes me happier. I’m calm. My mind is quiet. Everything is right with the world.
I came home and did some stretchy restorative yoga, and I’m hooked. I want to make everyone I know that is a skier a yoga junkie. And my yoga buddies skiers.
I feel better, stronger, and ready to take on the challenges of a new season, and hope it will be my best yet!