As far as I can remember I have always loved playing sports, working out, and maintaining an overall healthily lifestyle. I was a collegiate volleyball player and always maintained what I call a “bulky fitness regimen.” After college…well life happened. I wasn’t able to hit the gym every day as I once was in college. Bummer!
With that being said, after graduation and not working out 24/7/365, my muscles were no longer toned and I started to get pudgy. And it wasn’t my best look. Let’s face it, I was eating the same amount of food and working out 75 percent less than I was in college. After I hated the way I looked, I decided to consume what a “normal” person would eat at my age and at mirror it with my activity levels. I changed my lifting habits and started to get my body back to a non-full-time collegiate athlete body type. However, with life comes stress, and my stress levels were high. As I am sure you know, stress can cause weight gain which meant I could never really get to the ideal toned body image that I have for myself. I needed something more and TADA, I turned to yoga.
Here’s the thing, I LOVE yoga. Believe it or not, I didn’t think I would like it. I didn’t even think I would last an entire class. I mean an hour of mental focus on holding poses for a long period of time while focusing on breathing was not my idea of a good time. I was determined to give it a try as I heard it elevates stress, helps tone muscles and so much more.
For a full hour, I do not have my phone in my hand or any electronics near me for that matter. I have to be in the NOW to make the class really work for me. For some reason, yoga has a calming effect on me. I call yoga my “time out.” I clear my head and only think about the current pose that I am in and how to make it better. It is a safe place where there is NO judgment happening because your practice is only your practice. It doesn’t matter what the person is doing next to you, it’s all about you!
I have a pretty crazy schedule and I try really hard to never skip a class. It helps when you have phenomenal instructors. Trust me, it makes a HUGE difference. I’ve heard some horror stories of bad instructors and I was determined to find the best! My gym is The Sporting Club at the Bellevue and if my go-to instructors are not teaching a class, I don’t go. Their names you ask? Jen and Nathaniel and they both are unbelievable. They have made such an impact on me and my practice. Both are very attentive and challenge me to my fullest potential. Monday is with Jen. She has her “special sauce” to help relieve my stress and relax me as soon as I walk into the studio. And she ends every class with a motivation quote. Can’t get any better than that.
After I leave class, I feel like I can concur the world. I feel taller, a little more flexible and I’m less stressed. I always look forward to my yoga classes! Check out Jen and Nathaniel at the Sporting Club at the Bellevue today and take their class! It might be the best thing you do!
Do you currently practice yoga? I would love to hear your reasons for why you love it!
Author: Julie Davis