Yoga, Yogi, Yogi'ing
I've always longed for a work out that is relaxing. I never thought it was possible, but always seemed ideal. I tried Bikram yoga for the first time a few years ago and liked it. I was traveling a lot for work at the time and my schedule was all over the place, so it never stuck. Before I started, I remember my mama doing it and thinking I should give it a go. On a recent trip to visit my fam, I learned my sisters were also into it.
As a way to do something fun together, I joined them all in a class. It had been a long time, so I was a little rusty. I thought it was going to be relaxing and easy...I was wrong, I forgot how hard it is. I was shaking, sweating and feeling really challenged by the poses. Meanwhile, our yogi was doing hand stands on her pinkys and wrapping her leg behind her back. We practiced hot yoga, which is the same as Bikram, except for a different sequence; therefore not called "Bikram."
After the class, I was inspired to try and master the poses. I am no where near that goal. In fact, I did a class this past Sunday night and I'm still sore this morning, ouchy. It's challenging and relaxing at the same time. There are many types of yoga, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Hot Yoga, Iyengar, Restorative and Vinyasa. My favorite is hot yoga. The other yogas are different in their sequence, environments and level of intensity.
Yoga means "to join," and originated from "yoking together" horses and oxen. It eventually came to mean "yoking" of mind and body. Therefore, yoga is a practice to join the mind and body together. It stretches, strengthens, and lengthens all parts of the body, while bringing energy and movement to each cell. In the mind, it exudes calm and unleashes endorphins, all while in a serene environment.
With each pose, the challenge is all on you, there is no one there to help you into them. For anyone who has not tried yoga, I highly recommend it. If you don't have a spiritual mind, it will introduce you to it. It's perfect for someone who likes to work out and stay healthy, but is bored of their regular gym routine, as yoga is anything but boring (in my opinion). A quick thanks to my sisters, mom and Missy White, yogi at Studio 108, for motivating me. Watching them do the poses has been inspiring...