As the class went on, I was surprised at how challenging yet easy-going the exercise was...I often wonder what I would think of the class today now that I'm more experienced...I loved this woman's zest for life and enlightened messages she snuck into each movement. She moved so gracefully and peacefully, I cannot remember her name but when I think of her I think of Tao Porchon Lynch. At the end of the class, just like all yoga classes, the students are instructed to find their place in savasana, or corps pose. Yes, I fell asleep (rookie mistake), but I remember thinking, "why don't all fitness activities make time for relaxation at the end?"
I practiced inconsistently for the 2 years I was at KSC then I transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Unfortunately, during this time I lost my ambition for attending yoga classes and frankly, it's probably when I needed it the most. After a year of trying to find my niche in the beautiful state of North Carolina, I decided to move back home...once a New Englander, always a New Englander- am I right?!...I joined a gym close to home and started attending the yoga classes that were included in my membership. I'm not sure why there is sometimes a negative stigma attached to gym yoga classes because I learned A LOT from mine. There was not a single instructor that I did not like and they all brought their own styles to the mat. Many incorporated hands-on adjustments, candles and essential oils into the classes (ahhh I'm in heaven). I really enjoyed the instructors that took the time to explain the basics of yoga asanas (movements) and philosophies. This is when I really started to jump into the yogi world.
Once I became more comfortable and confident (and once my gym membership ran out) I transitioned to practicing at private studios. This is when I started to explore the different types of yoga and fell in love with Power Yoga. This is a more intense, challenging exercise. I would practice religiously 4-5 times per week. If I missed a class, it would ruin my day, I got so wrapped up in getting physical exercise out of it that I was lacking the mental connection with yoga. At the time I felt that if I wasn't sweating and feeling exhausted, I wasn't getting the most out of my workout. Only recently have I discovered a true appreciation for gentle/restorative yoga. Yes, holding poses, working on flexibility, and practicing balance are all important parts of yoga, but I'm finding more value in breathing and being mindful. Maybe I'm maturing in my yoga journey or maybe I'm becoming more lazy in my older years; whatever the case may be, my loving relationship with yoga is constantly evolving and changing which keeps things interesting...
Posing & Practicing,
Do you have a similar story? Which type of yoga do you prefer?