As I headed off to my prenatal yoga class a few days ago, a coworker said to me "oh, you've joined the fad. have fun."
Fad? At first I wasn't sure what she was referring to. I looked down and saw her eyes dwelling on the yoga mat that was neatly rolled in my hands.
"Yoga?" I asked her. She nodded and replied, "I tried it once too."
I resisted the urge to argue with her, and turned on my heels. But her comment continued to bother me until the class began.
But once the lights were turned down and the soft music began, all of the anxiety of the day (including that brought up with her comment) melted away. My mind relaxed right along with my muscles, and the baby boy in my belly kicked in delight.
Is Yoga a Fad?
Yoga isn't a fad. It is a lifestyle embraced by millions of people across the world. Yoga is thousands of years old and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Sure, there are a lot of fads out there. Diets, exercise programs and styles of clothing. But there is something magical about yoga that keeps people returning to the mat over and over again.
Yoga doesn't require fancy equipment, expensive clothes or a gym membership. Yoga is not a weight loss plan. It doesn't need to be practiced in a studio. It doesn't exclude anyone. You can sweat or not. You can choose advanced movements or simply stretch. It doesn't have to be fast-paced or it can be. You can use props or nothing at all. Yogis can be good looking or not at all.
Yoga is simply what it is. You can practice it anywhere - with a tribe or on your own, in your backyard or a boutique yoga studio, in fancy leggings or in the nude. It really doesn't matter. And that is the beauty of yoga.
Yoga is powerful and it is intimate. And for everyone who has embraced the yoga lifestyle, it brings greater self awareness. It doesn't matter what brought you to yoga ... what matters is your experience, how you feel and the deep sense of peace that falls over you on that mat.
Yoga has the ability to heal physical and mental pain. Yoga has the power to help you overcome fear, anxiety and let go of stress.
Yoga is not a fad. Yoga is a journey.
And it is a journey that we should all be a part of.
No skill required. No tight yoga pants required.
All you need is an open mind, a commitment to yourself and just enough vulnerability to believe in yourself.
The rest is history.