I used to take yoga weekly, until an injury kept me away from class and then I just got out of the habit and didn't get back into it. I enjoyed taking classes, although I always found it a bit difficult to completely clear my mind and just focus on the poses at hand. (if you have any tips, let me know!) I've recently begun taking classes again at my gym and plan on keeping up with it and trying different styles. Perhaps one day I'll even give bikram yoga a shot!
Yoga is meant to relax our bodies and minds. It also helps in developing stronger and leaner muscles. Yoga is a great way to relieve muscle tension, stress, back pain, increase flexibility and it can even help you sleep better at night! I am not the most flexible person, so it's comforting to see others in class who also need to modify poses. I also love seeing people of all ages in class and when guys attend. Woody isn't sure about it, but I'm still working on him to try! The strength, balance, flexibility, and concentration that yoga requires and builds can help us with so many other sports and physical activities.
So.... you're wondering what this "free yoga" thing is all about, right? Well, it turns out that January 23rd is Yoga Day USA. Yoga studios across the country will offer free or donation based classes for everyone from newbies to experienced yogis to enjoy the practice. The day is also being used to bring attention to Yoga and its many benefits. If you haven't tried it before, or want to try a new studio or class, here's a great time to do it. Search the site for a location near you. I think it's a great way to get out and do something fun and healthy with friends or family, so I'm going to get some of my girlfriends together for a class!
Do you take yoga classes? What style is your favorite? How often do you go a week? How do you think it's helped you?
On another note, I did not put my boot (walking cast) on at all Monday! I went to the gym, went to work, trip to Whole Foods ($5 for 5 avocados sale!) and came home without any pain! Still going to wait another few days to try running, but I'm getting there!