Towards the beginning of lockdown, I found myself feeling very anxious and frightened of the future. The uncertainty was definitely taking a toll on my mental health, which is why I turned to regularly doing Yoga and Meditation. Not only did it help me calm and still my mind, I was able to get more flexible and fit physically. Although I do not meditate as much as I used to back then, I still try my best to do some breathing exercises and stretch my muscles when I get any free time.
LO2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
As much as I hate to admit it, I was very out of shape when I first started doing Yoga. Just after one or two exercises or poses later, I would feel exhausted. I was very sore for the first couple of days, but it slowly faded away as I kept on practicing everyday. In a few weeks, I could definitely see improvement in myself.
LO4: Show commitment to and perseverance.
Like mentioned above, it took a while for me to get used to all the exercises. Meditation and breathing exercises were even more difficult- I could not seem to calm my mind and focus on my breathing at all. So many thoughts bugged me all at once, but over time I learned to control my breathing and thoughts, steady and calm my mind to focus. It took some time, but I learned that I could only get better at this art if I stayed focused and committed to it.
LO5: Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.
My father was the one who originally suggested that I try out Meditation. He has been meditating every day for the past ten years and always claims that it is something everyone can benefit from. We started to listen to guided meditation audios together every weekend and practice breathing exercises. Doing this served as a bonding experience for us and I could get some great advice on what I was doing wrong or right while we performed this activity.