How did I go from being a 5’10”, 285-lb borderline pre-diabetic, to 5’11″ (Yes, I grew an inch!), and, as of this writing, 259 lbs, looking a feeling better than I ever have in my life? In a nutshell, I embraced yoga and plant-based eating.
Every guy practicing yoga today has had a first day of yoga practice. It’s what happens after the first day that helps your story unfold. You have multiple options for incorporating yoga into your lifestyle.
Don’t be fooled or bullied into doing a part of yoga that isn’t right for you. Just because you are focused on your breathing (Pranayama) or meditation (Dhyana) more that asanas (poses) that doesn’t mean you are doing it wrong. It’s your path not the person trying to tell you that you are wrong.
Sometimes we yogis miss very clear opportunities during our daily lives to take our practice off of the mat and place it firmly and prominently into our every day existence. It can be all too easy to become comfortable with how we view our practice and the world around us. Yoga provides a wonderful toolbox for us to use to continually hone the physical asana aspects of our practice, but even more importantly, the mental (mind) and spiritual aspects as well.
Happiness is not some “magical” place at which we arrive, and lasting Happiness can be difficult to obtain…without hard work that is.
That’s not what you wanted to hear is it? The truth is, happiness is a discipline, a practice and a persistence in challenging yourself and your belief systems. Happiness depends upon remaining open to different viewpoints and taking what suits you while leaving the rest behind.
Happiness is a state of mind, not brought about by external material objects or internal desires, but by cultivating an ability to tap into the abundant joy that fills the space between the spaces on a daily ongoing basis.