Yoga Is More Than Asanas

I started yoga off and on about two years ago for the physical benefits of the practice.  The Asanas have led to a noticeable improvement in my flexibility, balance, and core strength which benefits my climbing.  I still consider yoga exercise which means I do not enjoy it.  However, I have related it to my climbing (something I love to do) so I have stuck with it.  I try to go to yoga class 6 times per week now.  I do enjoy Savasana which signals the end of class and is actually relaxing.  When class is done, I usually feel relaxed and content.

The feeling of contentment lasts for about 5 minutes because riding my bike home is rather stressful.  Every time I ride my bike, cars and motorcycles pass dangerously close, unexpectedly pull out in front of me, and randomly stop forcing me to swerve around them.  So far I have dealt with this by cursing under my breath and in rare cases actually screaming at drivers to avoid being hit.  By the time I am home my nerves are frazzled and I drink myself to sleep to calm down.  Now, it’s not as bad as I make it sound every day and I don’t usually drink myself to sleep.  But I think there must be a better way to handle this.

I’ve known this for awhile but there is definitely a spiritual aspect to yoga.  Recently I’ve done a bit of reading and learned that there are eight aspects of yoga, Asana being just one of them.  So I am going to start learning about these other parts of yoga and hopefully it will allow me to keep that feeling of contentment on my bike ride home.

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