No really. I am a firm believer, after having passed the initial 'MUSTCONVERTEVERYONETOYOGA' stage, that yoga is NOT for everyone. No really, despite what you read out there, you don't have to LOVE yoga. It's ok. Perhaps another type of physical or mental activity suits your needs much better than yoga. The point is to find your 'yoga' (or pilates, or running, or lifting weights or meditating... whatever).
Despite that, what I will say that yoga has provided that other activities do not (especially playing the guitar, which is often my 'yoga'), is good posture.
When we were living in BC I had a physiotherapist say to me (albeit she was drunk at the time) that my posture was TERRIBLE and perhaps I should get that looked at. It has forever made me a bit paranoid, I do sit and stand with my chin and neck jutted forward. Like a weird turtle. Although I'm fairly certain many of our computer selves stand this way, I really don't want to become my grand-mère (whom I love- just to be clear. She just is completely bent in half at a 90 degree angle).
All those cues of lengthening your spine, lengthen your spine, LENGTHEN YOUR SPINE, years of hearing this have resulted in:
- Brushing my teeth "LENGTHEN YOUR SPINE!"= magically gaining 2inches in the mirror
- Walking to work "LENGTHEN YOUR SPINE!" "SHOULDERS AWAY FROM EARS!"= head held high, holding it with confidence to face my day at work
- Playing the guitar and singing Zombie by the Cranberries: ... ok you get the idea.
So. Yoga=Better Posture=Better Breath Support=Calmer Self=Less Anxiety and Stress. BAM.
What has Yoga Done for You Lately? (yes, I am referencing Janet Jackson).