Friday, April 15, 2011
My Favorite Things - Yoga
So I'm relatively new to yoga.. but so far I love it! During midterms this semester I was stressed to the core. I started looking into meditation, and I decided to try yoga (again.)
I first tried yoga a few years ago. I'm not gonna lie... I wasn't a huge fan. And to think someone wanted me to pay for this torture? No... no.. thank you.
I'm not a flexible person to begin with (think lead pipes rather than rubber bands), and running just exacerbated the problem. This made yoga quite uncomfortable, especially while holding these already challenging poses aka death holds. I was also obsessed with weight training and cardio. Not in a Jersey Shore meat head way.. but in an "I can't eat a 16 oz steak for dinner if I don't run a few miles first" way. I just didn't feel like I was getting a great workout with yoga. Now that I'm incorporating yoga as part of my workout routine, rather than it being my workout routine, I'm loving it. I definitely wasn't stretching myself out enough post running/cycling. Yoga made me realize how ineffective my stretching routine was, which really could have caused an injury.
I'm definitely just a beginner (I have no balance!) but it's still fun and very relaxing. I hope that my frequent falling entertains my yoga class as much as it entertained my step aerobics class in college. (Hey, steps are hard!) There's a yava yoga class in my apartment building every Saturday, which is a nice way to start the weekend.
Yoga forces me to take myself out of my life and thoughts for an hour. Running is traditionally where I come up with ideas and think through things. While this is very beneficial, yoga has allowed me to relax. Much needed, especially with final papers due in the next few weeks. Speaking of papers.. I should stop writing blogs..
Namaste, fools! Go enjoy your weekend!