Life is beautiful, but complicated. Work, school, money and all of life’s complexities will inevitably take their toll on our physical and mental states of being. Each person handles stress differently, and a lot of how we manage our stress is dependent upon our lifestyles. When you make the decision to incorporate the practice of yoga into your life you will notice dramatic affects in how you handle life’s tension.
For many people who work or are in school during the week, weekends are a haven. We keep our heads down and power through the five days of the week leading up to Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. At 5 o’clock the happy hour rush hour begins. People pour into the bars while bartenders pour them their drinks. Beer, wine and liquor flows throughout the night and the dramatic ease in tension leaves people feeling lose and relaxed, but vulnerable to bad decisions and uncontrollable emotions.
When the night finally comes to an end the depressant in alcohol eases drinkers to sleep. The down side to this kind of behavior and ‘unwinding’ sinks in upon waking the next morning. After sleeping in and wasting the morning, people who use alcohol to de-stress usually suffer headaches, guilt, a depleted bank account, and the painful realization that no problems were solved.
Now think about if, instead of rushing to the bar at 5 o’clock on a Friday night, you did yoga instead. Instead of going to the bar you go to a studio, a beach, or a park. Instead of buying a drink, you grab a mat and a group of friends. Instead of gaining weight from alcoholic beverages and late night grub, you lose weight, increase your strength and physical condition, and improve your posture. Instead of harming your liver and body, you improve your hormonal balance. Instead of killing brain cells you actually stimulate your brain. What if instead of feeling a temporarily liquor induced sense of pleasure you found inner peace and genuine happiness?
A provisional, liquor induced escape on a Friday night is gratifying in the moment. But if you are suffering from stress and other life struggles, incorporating yoga into your routine will provide you with a quality of life superior to any false alcohol induced sense of relief—for a much longer period of time.
To begin a new chapter of your life, relax and reap the benefits the yogi lifestyle, visit flowpilatesandyoga.com or call (813) 855-8804.