They say that Summer bodies are made in Winter; but I struggled to get to the gym today. So I remembered it’s been a long time since I did any yoga and I always enjoy it. It will be yoga at home today.
I feel like it pushes my body differently and brings relaxation benefits. Whatever stress or problems I have on my mind, yoga always calms me down. I think my mind stops racing and I definitely breathe slower.
Let’s not forget the studies which talk about how yoga is good for stress levels, encouraging circulation and helping those with depression. I always feel like my mind is lifted after doing a session.
I never used to do yoga or even see it as proper exercise. For years I thought it was too soft, to easy. But when I started trying to hold tree pose and breathe at the same time, it soon became clear to me that yoga isn’t always easy!
The struggle in a black woman’s DNA
I often think that us black women know how to work hard and struggle – it’s part of our culture, our legacy. For a lot of our mothers, grandmothers and foremothers they were financially challenged and at times didn’t have the relationships to support them in raising families. So for black women, struggling and fighting is in our DNA.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want us to loose what we are – our beauty, our strut and yes our strength. I think what I’m trying to say in another way is that we don’t have to ‘kill’ ourselves or feel like we are punishing ourselves to do something that’s good for us.
Heading back to the gym soon….
I’ll head back to the gym next week – I’ll be doing squats, lunges, lifting some weights, it’s never easy at the time but I love the feeling I have afterwards – clearer skin, feeling strong and the knots in my neck disappear.
So yes, I’ve got my yoga mat out and I’ll doing warrior pose today 🧘🏽♀️