Namaste friends. (okay, kinda lame I know…) I hope you had a great weekend!
I hit “publish” on this post as I was heading out to yoga — definitely needing a good stretch after yesterday’s long run… it was legit monsooning on and off all morning so I went to my parent’s gym to run on the treadmill. After some technical difficulties, I did get it done.
Anyways… I have been beginning my weeks with 6:30am Monday yoga. Two years ago you couldn’t have paid me to do this. Heck even a year ago it would have been a struggle. I was convinced yoga wasn’t for me. I was convinced there was nooo way I could move slowly, focus on my breath and calm my mind. I can’t pinpoint the exact date that I woke up and said “wow, I love yoga” but I can tell you how it happened… story time!
When I was going to school/living in Boston I lived right downtown. It was a blessing and a curse: a blessing because I love the city, a curse because my wallet hates the city. So when I had an hour to kill before class or practice I’d head to Newbury Street and shop. Oops.
Well not totally oops. Because one day I was walking along Newbury and noticed that a new Lululemon-esque store had opened up. Obviously I had to go in and check it out. After gawking over all the amazing clothes, I figured out that I was in Athleta — conveniently located four blocks from my apartment and a short walk from school. Oh yay!
At the cash (oh you bet I bought a few things) I noticed there was a basket of calendars with the word free on it… yeah I may shop a lot but who doesn’t love free stuff?! It was a calendar filled with all kinds of classes offered for free right there in the store: pilates, bootcamp, running groups, ab classes, step classes and of course yoga. Count me in!
So I started going. First once a week, then twice a week, then I started rolling out my yoga mat in my apartment when I couldn’t get to a class …
We always complain we never have enough time. Well I think that’s a pretty silly excuse… if it betters you then make the time. It’s a time to decompress, relax, forget about anything outside of the mat and just do you. Breathe, forget about your stresses, forget about that paper, forget about missing all those 3-pointers… just be in your own space.
As with most things, my love for yoga did not happen overnight and I am far from a perfect yogi. I am certainly not totally “mindful” or “one with my body” and I certainly have trouble staying in shavasna (the final resting pose)… I get antsy! Inversion poses also terrify me. But making the habit to go once a week, relax for that time and maybe even meet some new people has helped to transform me into a happier, healthier and calmer person.
Fast forward to today: I joined a studio when I moved back to Toronto (I can’t mooch forever) and regularly practice hot Vinyassa and Moksha yoga. Andddd I now work once a week at my yoga studio as part of the Energy Exchange program, which is a trade program where I work one shift per week (either cleaning or assisting at the desk) in exchange for unlimited classes and to be a part of a great community. Pretty good eh?
I had my first day of training on Saturday and am so excited to be a part of the team. I definitely plan on going more often now that I have some pretty great benefits :)
Questions of the day…
Yoga: yay or nay?
If you currently practice yoga, what do you love about it?
If you aren’t a yogi (yet!) what are some other ways you calm your mind and body?