Why I Choose To Practice Yoga

I know that most of us, myself included, have tried to lose weight in the name of being healthier.   And we all know what happens to people who don’t do this; it’s a miserable process. In fact, I’d say nearly 80% of us do it to some degree to some degree. But why? There are so many people in the world that suffer from chronic illness and/or don’t live their lives fully, and it really is the best-kept secret of healthy living.

The truth is very simple. We will win a lot of battles. It takes hard fights to live a perfect life. We have to learn to do the work and suffer and win and lose on the way to happiness. We have to endure many sacrifices and endure many heartaches to reach a healthy life. There are so many ways to lose weight. And we all deserve a diet that is truly and truly hard and is done with courage and love, not a diet that is a game for “what will it take.”

The good news is, you don’t have to live in a jungle of unhealthy people in order to be completely happy. It just takes a little bit of hard work and some sacrifice, but as long as we get it right, there is no better life and there is one way to attain the highest peak of life, and that is through yoga. I know if I lost a hundred pounds, I would become a much happier, healthier and happier human. It is that simple.

Here’s a few things that you want to know about me that I have learned from my mother.

I will not lie. She had some major health issues as well. But I can definitely say that she was an incredibly strong woman. She never allowed anything to distract her from the great things she had going for her. And this is what really kept her going – the things she saw. She saw that we, as a family, are truly blessed, and we really got along very well.  

And that is what really kept her going as well.   Every single time I saw her, she said “I love you.  I love you!”   And every time I saw her, she said “I love you back.” And that is a truly powerful thing.

She never missed a funeral, or a wedding. She never missed a special occasion in her life.   She was always full of joy.   She was so much more than the sum of her parts.   She always had a smile on her face, and all kinds of love and joy.  

And when she passed away from cancer, she was so overwhelmed.   She said she “loved” all of us because we all took her to her final resting place.   And she said to me that if it wasn’t for her, we would still be here.

When you are in her presence, she was so joyous just about every moment of every day.   She was so full of joy.   She was so full of a big soul that knew how to make every person feel loved and cared for.   The people I know who have lost somebody close to them are often more saddened than anything else. They lose so many people and suddenly feel the pressure to find their place again and begin all over again. It can be difficult and it can be overwhelming. But you can’t just “let these losses get to you.” You are never ready for it. At least not for some time. It can be done, it has to be done, but you have to make the time, you have to know the difference between mourning a loss and grieving. She used to say: “Life is a series of small victories with the same odds stacked stacked against you each time.”  

I don’t think there is anyone alive who will ever live in pain at the end of life. I think there is someone who would live their life fully, with pride and honor, and with good health. I think there are people around the world who would get up in the morning with an attitude of,  “today is a beautiful day.”