Friday, March 30, 2012
There is a class at my gym (Goodlife) that is called Body Flow. It offers both yoga and tai chi in one combo! I had taken this class once before (about 2 years ago or so) but I never really took a liking to it. I think I wasn't in the right frame of mind that day. So instead of trying it out again, I forgot about it. Then, a friend told me about how yoga truly makes a difference in her day. She told me that for just that hour class, all she has to do is focus on her breathing and not worry about anything else that is happening in her life. I really liked the idea of this! Sometimes life can drag you down...the idea of going to the gym where you can just leave your troubles at the door and find inner peace is fantastic.
So, today I went into the class with an open mind. Just because I hadn't enjoyed it before didn't mean I couldn't find true meaningfulness with it today! The movements were very different than what I am accustomed to (I'm used to dancing or doing upbeat aerobics classes) but once I found my "flow" I was able to really enjoy the movements and focus on my breathing.
At the end of class, the instructor had us relax and meditate for a while. This was so incredible! The soft piano playing in the background combined with the dimmed lighting made it so calming...I almost forgot that just outside the door, was an entire gym filled with people. I was so far from where everybody else was!
I am definitely going to go back to this class at least once a week. Afterwards, I felt extremely calm, inspired and ready to tackle the rest of my day. Also, because I am not trying to lose any weight, this class was perfect for strength training which actually helps to build muscle (therefore adding weight!) It is a good choice all around.
Anyway...I encourage each of you reading this to try a yoga class! You will feel so connected to yourself and will be wanting more. Good luck!