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.