I've never really been a big yoga enthusiast, but I've been pushing myself to practice it to release stress and anxiety.
And while I lived in San Francisco, yoga was pretty much a must as most people incorporate it into their lifestyles, out there.
I usually go for Bikram or Power yoga since I am more inclined to practicing exhausting sports and push my body to its limits, but one day, I decided to give lyengar a shot (a type of yoga that focuses on pose and alignment).
As I was stepping out of the class, I chatted with the teacher, French as well, and asked her why she had chosen to teach that sport:
- "A couple years ago, I desperately needed to recenter and listen to my body.
I used to work in an office as a DHR. I was completely stressed out, could barely breathe. One day, I got diagnosed with a slipped disk. I was having terrible backache, and realized that I just hadn't been listening to my body at all.
So I took the diagnosis as a call for help. I decided to leave the corporate world and become a yoga teacher.
I quickly noticed that here in California, people were much more understanding and willing to help, which encouraged me to take this step, while people back in France were negative, doubtful and little inclined to support my new life choices.
I chose to teach lyengar yoga because it focuses heavily on body awareness. It might be perceived as "boring" at first sight, but since there is a lot of focus on the position and you get tons of instructions, it helps you relax, almost to a meditative state, contrary to punchy classes with loud music that distract you ..."
I could not prevent but smile, as I related to what she was saying. She understood in which category I was.
"Hyperactive, or even energetic people like you usually go for dynamic classes that correspond to their lifestyle, and the other way around... But you should find a class that completes you".
It took me a while to admit, but I believe she has a point. Being consistent with yoga and meditation (and massages ;)) actually does help beat the stress out.