10 Reasons to Stop Making Excuses & Just Do Yoga. ~ Giulia Pecone

Via on Feb 15, 2013

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

In my years of practicing yoga, I’ve learned one thing that almost all of us have in common…excuses.

We love to make excuses, especially when it comes to trying something disciplined.

I meet a lot of people that tell me they’re in pain every day and that they just don’t have the flexibility they want. When I tell them to try yoga about two thirds of them go, “Woah, yoga? Slow down, I don’t know if I’m ready for that.”

Ready? For what?

Ready to face your fears? Ready to live a longer, leaner and healthier life? Ready to try something you might actually like…no, sorry…love?

For those of you who might still be skeptics, below are 10 good reasons why you should stop making excuses about your health and pull out your yoga mat already:

1. You want to lose weight.

And you don’t think yoga will help? Hello! Have you seen some of the top yogis in the world? And let me tell you, those incredibly lean muscles did not come from sitting on their butts making excuses, they came from yoga.

2. You don’t have to afford Lululemon to practice yoga.

I promise. Most of us really can’t afford it to be honest, but when has a clothing brand ever stopped you from accomplishing your dreams? That’s why man created Target.

3. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. In fact, you have to do yoga to be flexible.

4. Yoga fights the winter blues.

Did you know that a spinal twist not only strengthens your back muscles, it also cleanses your organs? Oh, and did you know that rinsing your organs helps keep your immune system healthy? Goodbye expensive antibiotics, hello good health!

5. Yoga invigorates.

Let me guess, you’re a wreck without a cup of coffee every morning. If we were to track your monthly expenses, how much of the pie chart would be dedicated to your Starbucks addiction? Can you imagine what your wallet would look like if you relied on 15 minutes of yoga in the morning instead of a mocha latte? I bet you’d be able to afford those Lululemon pants you’ve always wanted.

6. Elvis did yoga in the 60s. Need I say more?

7. Yoga makes us better in bed.

Did you know yoga can improve your sex life? Not only are you more flexible, you’re more energized. You have increased blood flow (I’m talking to you, gentlemen) and yoga helps elevate your mood. Time to pull out that yoga mat you received for Christmas two years ago and kiss your sex therapist goodbye.

8. Yoga strengthens and sculpts your complete body.

The human body has over 600 muscles. 600! Want to know how you can strengthen all of them? Yep, you guessed it! Yoga.

9. Yoga has a flavor to suit every taste.

You’ve already tried yoga and it just wasn’t for you, am I right? What class did you go to? What style was it?

Well, I’ve got good news for you, there are hundreds of teachers who teach multiple styles of yoga. Need something more mellow? Try some yin yoga. Yoga for emotional healing? I’d recommend Forrest Yoga. How about a cardio workout? A good heated vinyasa flow should get your blood flowing and your heart rate up.

I know, right? So many options and a whole lifetime to explore them all.

10. Yoga is more affordable than you think.

You may have already convinced yourself that yoga is too expensive (and you’re not willing to give up your lattes). Guess what—there’s this amazing thing called online yoga and it can cost as low as $20 a month! Sites like Reflexion Yoga and Yogaglo are full of awesome teachers like me who love to encourage you to stop making excuses and just do yoga.

 

giulia pecone bioGiulia is a 10 year yoga practitioner who hopes to teach the world about how to heal themselves through their body and breath. At 25, she’s made it her goal to explore her own spine so that she can teach others how to explore theirs. Giulia currently teaches for Qi Denver and ReflexionYoga.com and would love to teach you to love yoga as much as she does.

 

 

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11 Responses to “10 Reasons to Stop Making Excuses & Just Do Yoga. ~ Giulia Pecone”

  1. Rogelio Nunez says:

    Wow, out of the 10 reasons up there, not one was about the real reason to do Yoga!!!!! maybe people are looking for more than a physical reason to begin yoga, I think in todays world we are progressing away from consumerism, no pain no gain, workouts, instant gratification mindset….i took to yoga to get away from the GYm mentality. Yes yoga can do all of the 10 above things, but that is just touching the superficial……Yoga is all about life and getting to know yourself, our true self……

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      And now that I have been diagnosed Type 2 diabetic, that will be the main reasons I do yoga anymore. Even if I started in a more physical place at one time (though not supported by commercial yoga.)

      I threw over most of my yoga sessions in favor of cardio (DON'T have time for what's not going to work efficiently against this disease) … an elderly relative and a full time job (and being uninsured for the moment) mean I need to aggressively take control.

      So, while the yoga is not — and the pilates–not cardio enough. Though most times it helped me sleep like a baby under really adverse physical sleeping conditions.

      HOWEVER:: Anything *I* could invent, ONCE it has been touched by dogmatic, highly rigorous, my-way-or-the-highway yoga studio influence would never AGAIN be cardio enough. [India itself has a high proportion of diabetics, both Type 1 and Type 2 (not that all of them do the physical yoga--AND many of them retain the original purpose of doing the yoga)]… I mean, I learned a lot; but I had the idea that it would not serve my long-term cardiovascular issues in the long run. I even told 3nergyrooms* that, to no avail.

      *not its real name, but I do think the neighborhood is catching on to them …

    • kmacku says:

      And yet it's B.K.S. Iyengar who says most people come to yoga for physical, materialistic reasons; it's within that they discover the spirituality and non-physical benefits.

      I don't see this as a problem.

      Also consider who this article is being written to—it's not the people who are having a spiritual crisis. The author chose her audience and wrote to them.

  2. Rogelio Nunez says:

    oh # 10 reason was just to promote your business, that is another thing yoga is not a commercial enterprise…

    • Vision_Quest2 says:

      That goes without saying. But some people did not get the memo.

      I thought we were well into the backlash against commercialized yoga.

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  4. reed says:

    Thank you Giulia,

    It is so sad when I hear people complain about their back issues, stomach ailments and aches and pains. Not to mention the stress and anxiety they have in their lives. If only they would commit to a regular yoga practice I am confident 90% of their health issues would be eliminated.

  5. Kyle says:

    If there's one thing I know, it's that yoga teaches us to be light-hearted. It seems that a lot of the comments above come from a place of being heavy. I do, however, love kmacku's quote from Iyegnar. If it takes the desire for physicality to draw someone to their mat, then so be it. That's how most yogi's in the US start, but then go on to find a deeper spiritual path.

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