Yoga can be as hard as a gym class.

I started practising yoga over five years ago. My first experiences were a bit disappointing, as I was used to doing high intensity workouts and the first yoga classes I joined were not dynamic & engaging, but slow and relaxing.

Initially I thought ‘Ok, yoga is not for me. Next time let’s join spin class’. Sometime after I decided to give it another go. My very good dancing teacher (Sena) pushed me to join Bikram Yoga (HotYoga) in order to work on my hyper lordosis (excessive curvature of the spine at the lower back). I just went to one of these classes and I fell in love with this practice!

It was such a strong, hard practice, I left the room feeling extremely relaxed, stronger & focused. My muscles & skin felt like new and my mind felt so clear and peaceful.

This was the day I decided I was going to practice yoga every day for the rest of my life. And I did!

A daily yoga practice has helped me a lot, not just with physical benefits but cognitive too. My focus and memory improved, as did the ability to control my thoughts. I can tolerate discomfort and frustration better and I have become less materialistic. I have learned to wait patiently, to be more flexible and to understand that things happen if you wish & work for them.

Yoga keeps me motivated no matter what is going on in other aspects of my life, giving me a reason to wake up happy and motivated every morning!

It is not just what happens on the mat, but what you take with you off the mat. This discipline helped me develop many skills which made me become better in my job, with relationships, and general a more mature person.

I want to share this passion with you. I want you to feel what I feel when I am practising yoga and to experience the benefits in other areas of your life.

Join me on the mat.

Published by aliciaparra

I am a psychologist, yoga lover & teacher. Currently based in Malta, working as a talent acquisition partner & yoga teacher.

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