Monday, December 12, 2011

You have a Yoga Body

In the last 2 months or so, I've had several people tell me that I have a "yoga body."  

Now, I practice yoga asanas at last 3 times a week, often more, so I am always grateful that my hard work has been paying off physically.  

Before and during my treatment for cancer, yoga classes were offered to me by my doctors (and their staff) as a way to "cope" with my illness.     When I informed them that I already had an established practice, many of them said "I can tell, you have a yoga body."

But beyond the physical benefits, my practice has helped me cope.   I made keeping my yoga regime intact during this ordeal a priority, and, on the days I am not doing asana, I "practice" my sitting meditation, so technically, I am now practicing yoga everyday.  

Even on the days immediately after my surgery, I was back at my Shala, practicing asana.   It may not have been the full physical practice I regularly do, but just moving and breathing made me feel better.  

My practice helped me to heal.

And for that, I'm grateful.


  1. I want to learn yoga. But I don't know where to start. And I'm embarrassed to go to a local class because I think everyone there is skinny. You know... THAT kind of thinking....

  2. Losing Weight After 45 is a BitchDecember 13, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Jennneil, you shouldn't let your weight stop you. I was a lot heavier when I started, and both the exercise, and the mental discipline helped me to lose weight. Not only that, if you find the right school, you will find a welcoming environment for all, no matter what their weight. We actually have several heavier women at our Shala who have been coming for quite some time. They adapt the practice to their bodies, and get all the benefits.

  3. wow good job . really yoga is very nice activities for healthy body .