Historically speaking, I've never really thought of myself as a "yoga" kind of girl. As a true Type-A, I've been more inclined to either not exercise (too focused on other goals) or to go all-out in some kind of intense cardiovascular workout with a competitive edge to it. Seem like two ends of extreme behavior? Yeah, I noticed that too.
I came to yoga when I was experiencing difficulty getting pregnant again after the birth of my daughter and a subsequent miscarriage. I was doing "everything right" - eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. Oh, and having sex with my husband. Yet, nothing was working. I couldn't get pregnant again. Even trips to, and strategies with, the infertility doctor didn’t help.
As nature and traditional medicine were "failing me" in my quest, I started researching what else I could do to help improve my chances. The mind-body connection was not as widespread or accepted in mainstream medicine or society back then, and the perception of yoga was still very much 'woo-woo.' But the evidence was quietly making itself known, building momentum: there was some kind of medicine (some kind of magic, really) about the practice of yoga.
I began doing yoga at my regular gym and noticed a few things that surprised me: I noticed I felt much calmer, which I sort of expected. But I also felt much more connected to my daily life experiences, and to those around me. I also noticed that my usually ravenous appetite seemed to be more reasonable; I tended toward healthier choices in my dietary consumption; and I noticed that my mid-section was becoming noticeably trimmer - something that never seemed to occur despite the number of high-intensity cardio or core classes I took.
And, I got pregnant again to give birth to my son who turned seven this summer.
There were other factors involved here, as well, including a diagnosis and treatment of PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. But I am certain that yoga was a factor in my overall success.
With two young kids and both parents with busy careers, schedules and life got in the way of yoga practice. I began to reconnect with it again a couple of years ago when my too busy, overscheduled life felt out of control.
I felt out of control.
And as a Type-A control freak, feeling like I desperately needed to "get it back."
In seeking control over my chaos, I found so much more than I ever expected. My practice of yoga has given me the freedom to release control. Control I realize I never had to begin with, nor could ever have. And that's a beautiful thing.
There is an intelligence to nature that, if I am able to relax and "go with the flow," if I stop fighting so hard to push my own agenda, things seem to work out so much better. Perfectly? No. But with so much less resistance. Naturally.
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Published On: August 08, 2013