Yoga for health, love and peace.

Published May 2, 2012 by Maryanne

“The Inner Path” (Photo by Darlene Foster).

Me, doing one of my favorite things — yoga! (2010)

This was a portion of my Pear Tree business newsletter this month:

As much as I love my career because every day is different, I feel that some repetitiveness is necessary in order to achieve excellence. For instance, I can’t start my day without doing three important things:

  1. Spending a moment in prayer after I awaken.
  2. Exercise.
  3. Consuming good breakfast with fresh juice.

These three repetitive things everyday – weekends included – are good habits that, I feel, allow me to achieve excellence, not only in my business but in my social life.

Exercise is wonderful. I love so many forms of exercise: swimming, biking, kickboxing, Pilates, power walks, light weights, etc.

But I have to say, yoga is the one form of exercise I love best. First of all, you get it ALL in one sweet package: toning, weight loss, stretching, muscle building (when you lift weight — you lift your own weight!) For anyone who hasn’t tried it, trust me, it’s not “marshmallow.” You will sweat! (And I’m not even talking about Bikram or Hot Yoga — just doing regular yoga will give you an excellent workout!)

Yoga is not only good for the outside, but the inside too. It massages your internal organs, helps control the breath and can help assist in preventing diseases.

I’ve been practicing yoga since 4th grade, when I was 9-years-old and accidentally stumbled upon a show called “Yoga for Health” in the 1970s, staring Richard Hittleman (RIP). Since then I was hooked and made yoga a part of my exercise routine.

All the years of doing yoga, I am far from an expert. Yet, I crave it. My favorite yoga positions are twists and balancing poses. But I also enjoy back bends and shoulder stands.

Yoga puts me at a peace in my life, that I know others lack. After a yoga session my body feels alive and at one with the world. I know I could do anything the day has to offer. And I don’t complain about the many things I have to do in life  like other people do. I just simply go down the list and just make sure lots of fun things are thrown in the mix!

Do I have an assignment to cover a story and be onsite at 8:30 a.m. — (and go to a late night concert that very same night)? No problem.

Is my “to do” list so big, I need a wide ruled 70-sheet notebook? No problem.

Does my day get thrown off kilter because unexpected things get tossed my way. Don’t worry — it’s covered!

Do friends or family worry about me because they don’t hear from me? Never. I always get back to people in a timely manner. People must think I have nothing to do with my life because I am always the person they can count on. Not so — I have PLENTY to do — but I am the queen of multi-tasking!

If everyone started their day with yoga — even for just 10 minutes — there would be less car accidents, less stress, less misunderstandings and less disappointments. There would be more positivity, more productivity and certainly much more love!

And the world always needs more LOVE!

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6 comments on “Yoga for health, love and peace.

    • Thanks Darlene! It’s always like I leave my home in a peaceful state and there’s so much road rage out there … the yoga definitely helps keep me focused and not participate in the anger 🙂

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