Friday, February 5, 2016

Yoga

I tried Yoga for the first time ever last month. It wasn't a New Year's resolution or anything I planned. I was chatting to a neighbor and she invited me to check out a new yoga studio nearby with her. The first class was free, so I figured it would be fun and nice to get out of the house.

I absolutely fell in love with it! It was exactly what I was looking for and needed. I'm low weight, so I avoid jogging or doing cardio type workouts because I'm afraid I'll lose weight. I wanted to do exercise other than walking. Yoga was exactly what I was looking for! I could gain muscle and strength without burning tons of calories. Research has also shown it is beneficial to those with underactive thyroid or adrenal fatigue. 

It's a huge stress reliever (at least for me). I've learned so many relaxation techniques like different forms of breathing that I'm now using in my everyday life. 

I purchased an unlimited one month plan at Ananda Yoga + Wellness. There was a discount for new clients. That also allowed me to try the different classes offered to see what type of classes I like, as well as what day/time works for me. My favorite are the mixed level classes (medium level difficulty) and candlelight classes in the evening. 

The studio is peaceful and not surrounded by mirrors and harsh lighting like most gyms. They diffuse essential oils and play relaxing music during class. There's various props like blocks, blankets and straps available too. 

A few people mentioned that I could save money doing yoga at home. I could certainly save, but I think part of the relaxation is that I'm getting out of the house and away from distractions/stressors. Since I'm new to it, it helps to have feedback from an instructor too. 

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