April 18, 2010

What I Love

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 3:18 pm by Gina

Morning readers!

I love a lot of things, I’m talking a really large amount of things (I bet you do too if you took the time to think about it) but what I love today is yoga. I know I’ve talked about it in previous posts but even since then my practice has grown considerably. I go to “power yoga” (the title the gym decided to give it to warn people that its more than your basic yoga class) twice a week from 4:10-5:30.

I’ve been a yoga fan for years now, but classes at the YMCA were on-again off-again because frankly, they weren’t really cutting it. As a student of Ohio University I have “free” access to the many programs offered by their gym, which includes many different yoga classes.

Power Yoga is different from the other yoga classes, and for once offers something that I had unknowingly been searching for in my other classes- a mental aspect. Yoga is practiced by many as simply another work-out. A new way to get some strength training and gain sculpted arms and a sexy butt. Don’t get me wrong, yoga has a bajillion health benefits, but as my new teacher says, we’re not only working on our sexy butts, we’re working on our sexy hearts.

My roommates and friends know the importance of my yoga classes, missing them is hard as a regular school/work week can bring more than enough stress and tension. Yoga class is where I relieve that. Sure I often count it as my strength training and a workout, but that is not the thing that continually brings me back.

For me, it is my time of the week to calm myself, look inward, and challenge my body physically. The days that are the hardest are sometimes the easiest mentally because you are forced to remain in the present moment when you’re doing complicated and difficult poses. Others are calmer with some restorative work for the muscles which tends to restore my mind as well.

If yoga is not your thing then no worries, I’m writing this post to share with others one thing that I really love. (I can actually do the pose picture below! ha that was an exciting day!) Everyone has something, or needs something that they really love. Something that eases stress and leaves you feeling better afterwards!

I encourage you to take some time to look at the linked articles from Women’s Health, they have an entire section of their website dedicated to both the physical AND mental aspects of yoga. And as always share! How do you feel about yoga? What do you love?

Loving yoga and you,
~Gina

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