Monday, April 15, 2013

I dont care.. I LOVE IT!

You may or may not have guessed.. but I'm really into this song. Like.. a lot. I frequently yell this out loud when I'm at home or really enjoy something. I'm a bit of a freak.

Anyways I came here to talk about yoga! I've been doing yoga for over 6 months now and .. I LOVE IT! hehe.

I really do think that is has changed things for me. First off.. it's was a different way for me to get my workout in. I went in thinking it would be a lot easier than it had been. First class I left feeling a tad bit discouraged because it was extremely hard and I didn't think I could "do" it. I didn't like my first class. Buuuut of course I didn't quit and I continued and it gradually got easier and quickly got more enjoyable. I am lucky enough to work in an environment that encourages this. We have yoga every thursday at work during the day. It's a great way to split up the workday and it helps me feel relaxed and .. a lot better in general.  I am also lucky enough to have an amazing teacher who is down to earth and really cool. She really makes the classes enjoyable even though I feel like she is pushing us.

I used to be a bit embarresed in the class as a lot of my coworkers are a lot better at yoga than I am but I am not anymore. Of course they're good people and don't judge me for sweating like crazy and not being able to do certain moves (the crow and sideways crow is INSANE.. can't do that one!).  I try to push myself every class by trying to stay balanced for as long as possible and pushing myself in my flexibility. I've really improved! I also find I do not suffer from as many aches and pains. I haven't visited my massage therapist in months!

Yoga is great for you because it improves your strength, flexibility and posture. The deep breathing you do during yoga also helps with your endurance and sports performance. One thing yoga helps me with is relaxing and clearing my mind of  any stress. I seriously feel better and happier after every class! There are many other health benefits of yoga that include health benefits for heart disease, asthma, back pain and arthritis. They also have many studies ongoing studying other health benefits.

We had our first class again at work after two or three weeks on Thursday and I have to admit it was tough getting back into it again. I'm still hurting 2 days later. It's a good pain and I'm excited to do it again on Thursday!

Thanks for reading!

Steph

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