I Started Taking Yoga Every Day. How Did It Help Me?
For those of you familiar with Yoga, you may know there are many different types of Yoga you can take. For those of you not familiar with these types of yoga, they include but are not limited to: Hatha ( a basic slower-moving yoga class), Vinyasa ( a dynamic practice linking breath and movement together ), Bikram ( a heated yoga in which you typically practice the 26-pose Bikram sequence, definitely a more vigorous practice ), and Hot Yoga * my personal favorite* ( obviously a heated yoga practice which is similar to Bikram yet not restricted to the 26 Bikram sequence).
These practices are some of the most common or popularly practiced types of Yoga. There are many more including, Kundalini, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga etc. This being said they all focus on different aspects of finding peace and focusing on your breath and bettering of your body.
After researching, and learning the many positive effects yoga can have on your body, and mental health I decided it was time I finally take action, and take my first yoga class. Luckily, I am a flexible person, with 9 years of background it martial arts training I definitely have become extremely flexible which came to my advantage in my opinion.
Here is how my first three days went.
Day 1 :
The first thing I noticed when I walked into that heated room with my mother was the complete silence in the room. It was intimidating I won’t lie, individuals of all ages stretching, in child’s pose, handstands. The only things going through my mind were, I hope they don’t expect me to be able to do that. and If it stays this hot the whole time I think I might pass out.
After 10 minutes of stretching, the class had started and I was excited. I was attending a hot yoga ” Flow ” class with an AMAZING instructor. She started us off with a little meditation, then had us go through many poses including: ” Downward Facing Dog” or Adho Mukha Svanasana in Sanskrit, Chair Pose or Utkatasana, Child’s Pose or Balasana, and Crescent Moon Pose or Ashta Chandrasana to name a few.
We ended our night with some more meditation and spent around 5 minutes completely stretching or meditation on our own. Whichever we felt we needed most.
If I was to summarize my first real yoga class, I’d say it was the best idea I’ve had to take it. I found myself completely in the moment, at peace, and just relaxed altogether. As hesitant as I was I am so glad that I took this class.
I went to sleep after my yoga class last night, and I felt so at peace. I woke up feeling great and well rested, and I was looking forward to taking my second class tonight! I think it’s appropriate I mention, my mom is a yoga fanatic. She attends yoga class regularly and now I finally understood first hand how beneficial and calming yoga really was. She always tells me I’m missing out, and it’s super fun and let me tell you she was 100% correct. I can not explain how much the first class of yoga benefited me.
I took a different class today, Warrior Sculpt in a heated room again with another AMAZING instructor. Let me be honest with you. This class kicked my butt. Yoga itself is not a walk in the park, try doing it with weights in 100+ degree weather. It’s like a soothing yet painful slow death. All jokes aside, this class was definitely not easy at all but I loved it. With different workouts and poses to work different parts of your body, I walked out of that class sweaty, sore, but super happy. Definitely a class I will return to.
The only thing going through my mind when I went to sleep that night was : I feel great now, I hope I can still walk tomorrow. Might I say, I am attending a 5:00 AM Yoga class tomorrow for my mom’s birthday. Wish us luck.
It is currently 4:30 AM and I am half asleep filling up both my mom’s and my water bottle. We are going to heated ” Flow ” yoga at 5:00 AM, and I am super excited and super sore! Might I add, none of my hoping worked and I am so sore that I can’t even sit down but I don’t mind!
We arrived at the gym, and I was surprised to see class was full with over 25 people! I never thought anyone would wake up that early on their weekend to attend a yoga class, until I attended my first class.
We started off our class with some meditation, and light music and to my surprise I had accidentally walked into a Flow core session yoga. 5 AM core workout. Not my best idea. After my mom and I pushed through our core workout, we got into a more mellow/ cool down part of class in which we stretched, and practiced basic yoga poses.
I was extremely happy with this class. Regardless of the fact I had no clue I was about to get a core workout at 5 AM, this class honestly was a great way to start my day. I walked out of it refreshed, and ready to take on whatever the day had in store for me. My mom and I had so much fun taking that class together, and I look forward to continuing yoga with her.
I am so so happy with my decision to attend yoga classes every day. This week, I noticed so many different positive changes in my lifestyle and mood. I felt completely relaxed and at peace with myself and my surroundings. The many different classes that I took really worked my body, but in such a great way. No matter how sore I felt, I found myself waking up eager to attend class, and eager to take on the day.
Despite being hesitant to try yoga, and be surrounded by experienced yogi’s after my first class I really understood what everyone meant when they told me yoga is solely for myself. I did not have to compete with anyone, or try any of the things anyone around me was doing. I did everything I wanted, and everything I wanted to do. Just like starting any sport, it takes time to grow and advance.
In this one week, I noticed my levels of anxiety significantly decreasing. I learned to focus on my breathing and to live in the moment rather than stressing about what is to come. Aside from this I also noticed I began to become less and less stressed about the little things that always seem to get me tense and stressed out. Taking 1-2 hours of yoga a day significantly improved my days and feelings this week.
In conclusion, I can honestly say I will continue to take 1-2 yoga classes every day with my mom, and strongly advise you guys to take yoga at least once or twice a week. The effects it has on you overall are so rewarding, and you will be so content with the results.
Until next time,