Today is Ashtanga Yoga day – it’s a day of much hassle that brings me much calm. In fact, it’s my favourite day of the week!
It’s a day where I take a giant gym bag of stuff (I am such a bag lady) and trek it through rush hour on the TTC to get to my (always bustling) gym to wait in line outside the studio so I can get in early and take a spot at the back of class (it’s nice and dark) for Ashtanga Yoga.
<sarcasm> Oh the joy. I don’t know if I’ll be able to hold it all in. </sarcasm>
No but really – getting to class is a hassle, but once I’m in class my entire world melts away….so….very…good.
So why do I do it?
- It’s a crazy good workout. I am sore in a way I don’t feel after lifting weights for days after a session. I am noticing that I can move with more power and control. I am moving pins down on the weight stacks. It’s an amazing to feel yourself gain strength so quickly!
- It keeps my sanity. I find yoga to be a place where my only focus is on my yogi’s voice and my breathing. No racing mind thinking about work, other people, or my to do’s for the night. It’s the one thing I do for me.
- My yogi, Lily, kicks ass. She is petite (like me) but crazy strong which is really encouraging. She leads us through a challenging series of posture with such a calm, soothing voice that makes it easy to relax.
- Ashtanga is amazing. It’s not as slow as Hatha but the regime is not as strict as Bikram. I find it’s a great mixture of flexibility, strength and meditation for me.
This is part of my greater resolution to find work/life balance in 2011 as well as to focus on my health which always gets pushed aside when things get busy.
How are all your resolutions going? Would love to hear if you’re staying on track!
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