5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Start A Yoga Practice
1. It will ruin your love for heavy, greasy foods.
Seriously. Have you ever eaten a huge meal that included fried, greasy foods and inflammatory ingredients that make you bloated? Then immediately after tried to deeply stretch? How about attempting a sweaty workout? Didn’t think so…
2. It will ruin your fun of people watching/ judging.
Let’s be honest here, it isn’t people watching you enjoy, it’s people judging that entertains you. Having a consistent, daily yoga practice kind of forces the kindness out of you. Or, into you depending on how you see it. It teaches you to seek within, and search for ways you may be hurting others or yourself. It’s going to make you want to accept everyone just the way they are and that we are all beautiful and have something unique to offer this world.
Setting priorities straight really puts what’s important into perspective. Whether someone is a kind and generous human being, doesn’t necessarily beam from them while you watch them walk by from the park bench; it’s what they’re wearing, how they look, how they’re dressed, etc. You’ll soon realize that none of that is important. So, no matter how someone is dressed, you’ll give them the same friendly hello in passing.
3. It will begin to make you rethink all of your beloved ‘stuff’.
One of the many things my practice has taught me is that humans love collecting stuff. There are collectors that intentionally collect. Then, there are the rest of us that seem to need things around us at all times to be ‘happy’ and feel fulfilled. We also grow extremely unhealthy attachments to our belongings if we connect an emotion with it or spent a lot of money on it, or have owned it since childhood. None of it has anything to do with who you are, and you’ll realize that if you begin a steady practice.
4. It will spoil your relationships with toxic people.
We all have those friends that are the “glass half empty” type of friends. And, no matter what sort of exciting news is brought to them, they will point out a downside to it—especially if the news is making you happier than they are. My yoga practice makes me realize how blessed I am. That I have everything to be happy and excited for! So, I will no longer be attending your pity parties. Thanks in advance and apologies.
5. Your current addictions will be replaced with new ones.
I used to drink wine, every night. Not obsessively or anything, but I would have a glass or two every single day, and now I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a drink and enjoyed it for that matter. Now, I love yoga pants, because I literally live in them. I know, I know. Yoga is NOT trendy gear and strappy bras from the expensive companies, and I know collecting ‘stuff’ is hazardous to my Soul.
But, if liking awesome printed, eco-friendly and sustainable brands of yoga clothing are wrong, then I don’t want to be right. Plus, I am supporting clothing companies that make sustainable clothing and not supporting the use of harsh chemicals, child labor or sweatshops. Creating more jobs within these types of companies is the way to go. I may just be listing excuses to you on why I can buy more yoga pants, but at least I use them daily, unlike when I used to buy shoes, and wear them once or twice and was most likely supporting some sort of unfair labor.
In closing, as you can see, I couldn’t come up with any negative reasons on why you shouldn’t start a daily yoga practice. It truly helps you find your way, allows you to explore your purpose, and gives you the strength to be the beaming, beautiful human that you really are!