Yoga Practice

Why I Always Come Back to Yoga

I like to think that I’ve been on the yoga game for a while now. In reality I have, but since I, too, go through long periods of yoga-absence, I think my game will probably remain in the same place it was when I started some years back.

Since of late (like 2015), I’ve been adding some bits of variation into my yoga practice. Variations to the extent that I don’t think it’s fair for me to say that I practice (only) yoga. We’ve thrown in some pilates, HIIT, crunches/sit-ups and pull ups (yes, we are trying very hard to get rid of belly fat – GAH, genetics), and it’s really an awful salad of things. In all honesty though, it’s probably the only salad I would ever like.

But somewhere down the line something strange happens. Now mind you, this is a “bad” strange (if it wasn’t I would’ve used my overused word, “magical”). In the midst of working out– quite regularly if I may add– for a few weeks and even after seeing those results in my stamina (mainly when I can hold on to a conversation after my third flight of stairs) supposedly hidden abs and muscles start to show, I stop working out. Call it karma or fate, I either fall ridiculously (fatally) sick or get super crazy busy to an extent that is not funny, and my routine vanishes… Just. Like. That.

It’s happened more than twice and I’m convinced it’s a curse.

But then, post-recovery of sickness/ailments/business, I start getting back into practice like an athlete returning to the track. I can hardly touch my toes; my stamina is just complete BS and I can’t even do five sit-ups before yearning for a prolonged savasana.

During post-recovery, I’ve noticed (twice now) that I always come back to yoga. I tell myself that my body needs to ease into whatever that I’m about to throw it at the next few weeks, and little do I know (and have now grown to realize twice over) just how much yoga heals and strengthens.

This healing that yoga does to my body is so “magical” that the writer in me cannot find enough words as to how I should go about describing it. I gradually feel my body recover, find its lost strength and new strengths I previously thought I did not have.

I always go around telling people the wonderful things yoga has done to my body and my life, and honestly, for those who work out to just feel good about themselves, I am the type of yogi that says that if you don’t include even ten minutes of yoga to your routine, you are not doing it right!

What do you think? What has it been like for you coming back to yoga after taking a break?

Om, friends.

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  1. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    September 13, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Hi Senashia! I love how real this is. In all honesty, I have seen ebs and flows in my workout routine, but the one thing that remains the same is my consistent yoga practice, and as long as I still have yoga, I’m okay. Running used to ignite my fire. I’d run for hours on a treadmill, but all that time I thought I was strengthening my body, I was slowly corroding away at my knees. Yoga came into my life after running. I learned through yoga how to love my body from the deep inside all the way out to the surface. I’m with you! If anything else, I will always come back to yoga.

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      Senashia Ekanayake

      September 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Megan! Thanks so much for reading and I cannot agree with you more! 🙂 I’ve been on a workout / yoga break these days because of work, stress and family commitments and I’m not beating myself up about it because I know I’ll get back to it, sooner than later!

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    September 14, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Hi Senashia! Thank you for the amazing article. It came just in time for me since I’m experiencing my first recovery of “yoga break”, and personally speaking it’s a bit disappointing for me to feel that stiff and begin all over again. I still have faith in yoga, however, but I just wonder how long it would take to be back on track.
    There’s another thought that’s recently hovering in my mind as well and would like to share, sometimes I feel like my body built some kind of resistance during the break period and I can’t feel the depth of the poses or the intensity of the yoga flow as before. Have you ever felt the same?

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      Senashia Ekanayake

      September 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Hi Lotus! 🙂 Thanks for your question and yes, I completely relate to everything you’ve said! From as far as my yoga journey goes (some yoga – yoga break – back to yoga in full force etc) goes, there is a bit of a shaky start when recovering. I realise that I don’t forward fold too easily and whatever progress I’ve made with splits, inversions and try-hard Instagram-yoga seems to have crawled back into the shell where it was hiding! There will also be some resistance too because your body got comfortable with no yoga to work with 🙁 However, with gradual practice, without pushing too hard, it all comes back! I always try to sneak a bit of a cardio or strength training to complement my yoga so I get back my stamina back faster, but trust me, if it takes time to build and for your flow to come back, it will be with you for a longer time as well! 🙂 Good luck! <3

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