Eco-Friendly Pre-Wedding Fitness and Relaxation: Go Yoga!
Yoga is often touted as the cure-all fitness answer. Celebrities are always photographed walking around LA with their rolled-up yoga mats tucked under their arms. Experts make all sorts of claims about its benefits—from weight loss to anxiety reduction to improved focus—but, until recently, I was skeptical. I love exercising and care deeply about fitness but I was suspicious about the claims. I like to see hard, scientific evidence of a practice’s efficacy. I guess I’ve been burned one too many times by the media machine. I just assumed yoga was like diet pills, juice cleanses, or starvation diets: a seductively quick fix designed to make someone money. In the end, quick fixes never really last, and sometimes they do more harm than good. But then, a few months ago, I started having really bad anxiety. It was starting to interfere with my life in profound ways. I wasn’t seeing friends, wasn’t sleeping, and could barely eat. I was almost ready to start taking medication when a friend convinced me to try yoga.
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