So I think I have officially caught the Yogi bug. Ever since my doctor appointment, I started experimenting with a couple of yoga classes and ended up buying a Groupon for one month unlimited at a studio called YogaWorks. Since I had minimal experience and didn’t know the good from the bad studios, I figured I would try whatever was somewhat close to my apartment and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. After trying a few less than impressive studios, YogaWorks was exactly what I had been looking for: a variety of classes from bar to power yoga, people of all levels, a zen studio, approachable instructors and multiple locations all over the city. While I am usually not one to a) workout after work or b) go to a workout class of any kind, I found myself running out the door of my office every night to try to make whatever class was available at that time. I am typically a run in the morning type of gal and usually don’t like the restrictions of having to make a class (only exception: SoulCycle), but for some reason, yoga has changed all of that. Not only did I find myself leaving class more refreshed, I was relaxed, happier and clear-headed. A yogi miracle!
Just to give you a little anecdote, my boyfriend and I were planning on meeting for dinner after he finished work drinks and I finished a yoga class on the Upper East Side. After I spent a majority of the day telling him this probably won’t work tonight because “you will get caught at drinks longer than you think” and him encouraging me that was not going to happen and that we would meet at 9pm, I finally gave in. Be the bigger person, let him win, I thought. Fast forward to 9pm when my class is finished, I check my phone to find three texts along the lines of “I’m going to be a little bit late.”. What was my first thought? No problem. Now, fast forward to 45 minutes later and I’m sitting at the bar by myself next to two creepy grown men, while awkwardly checking my phone to avoid having to converse with them. Still remaining calm all the while. And finally, at 10pm, that tall drink of water walks in smiling from ear to ear, “I’m so sorry.” My reaction? Pure and utter forgiveness. Not only did I not care, I was extremely happy to see him! See? Yoga mind in progress! HA! I am only kind of kidding. But really, I think everything that they say about yoga is true. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid people! It is such a great mind-body exercise with so many benefits short and long-term. It makes you feel at peace and helps you rid yourself of a racing mind (which I am more than guilty of). Not to mention it can totally change your bod! (Fine, I will look like Jennifer Aniston if I have to.) I hope to be “practicing” for the rest of my life!
Hello, amazing body!
Anyone who thinks “Yoga isn’t for me” should give it a second shot! Because I was one of those people. I think it’s about finding the right studio and classes and not being intimidated. For me I really enjoy the Vinyasa flow style because you don’t stop moving and you don’t hold positions for very long. The other class which has been really enjoyable is BarWorks, which is a class at YogaWorks very similar to a Bar Method or Physique57 class (for a fraction of the cost). It’s all about mixing it up! I have noticed a small difference in my body already and feel so much stronger from only a month of full on commitment! Grab a friend and give it a whirl if you’re not already addicted! And who doesn’t want an excuse to buy more Lululemon?
Hope you’re enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend! It has been absolutely beautiful in Massachusetts and so relaxing and fun hanging out with my family and friends! So cliché – but I’m feeling very thankful!
(pictures via Pinterest)