Hello there, friends!
I know how important it is for you to find out that our softball team is going to the Championship game after a hard fought battle against the Hilton last night so I will lead with that.
Anyway on to the real subject of the post…
This past weekend almost 400 yogis took over Burlington’s Church Street for a free event open to any and everyone who had a mat and the desire to practice.
How freaking cool does this look??? Photo credit from Sangha Studio’s Facebook page.
While I was unable to attend this event hearing about it got me thinking. Freshman year of college I decided to take my first yoga class and it taught me what I had always suspected… I am the least flexible human on the planet. Upon returning weekly it also taught me many other actually helpful things that I use in my everyday life.
Yoga has taught me various breathing techniques which I use not only when running but also to calm myself when I am feeling stressed.
Yoga has taught me tricks for falling asleep faster and more importantly, getting back to sleep once I have woken up. This has been a real problem for me lately, I keep waking up 2 hours before the alarm goes off. When I am having trouble I try to combine breathing patterns with focusing on each body part individually as I slowly (most of the time) drift off.
Yoga has taught me how to stretch out certain problem areas to the point of even reducing some of the problems. Lower back pain be gone!!
Yoga has taught me that pushing outside of my comfort zone (i.e. signing up for the class in the first place) can create some of the best consequences… like my pants fitting better. WIN!
So why don’t I go anymore?
I struggle to do yoga on my own, like many exercises I am much more likely to push myself when I am in a class setting. I genuinely enjoy the feeling of being in a studio with others practicing together. I also probably make people feel better about their flexibility based on my complete lack there of… I’m a humanitarian what can I say?
That being said, yoga classes tend to be on the expensive side. Rationalizing the $10-15 a class on my budget has pushed attending classes to the wayside. I have been thinking about incorporating a class or two into my schedule/budget for awhile now because I know how much I have benefited from consistent practice in the past.
So this week I have skipped the 3-4 trips I normally make to the coffee stop in the office building for iced tea #addictionproblems and tomorrow afternoon I will replace it with my first official yoga class in I don’t even know how long!
Wish me luck 😉
Do you practice yoga?
Do you prefer fitness classes or can you rock it by yourself?