This month marks three years since I actively began practicing yoga. It all started when I went to a free yoga seminar at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2011. At the time I was living in Fort Wayne, Indiana and one of my friends mentioned the seminar as something that might be fun to check out. If recollection serves correct I believe I took three or four yoga classes that day.
I left feeling totally relaxed and inspired. Why hadn’t I already been doing this? Well I had, sort of. I purchased a yoga pass in college and practiced periodically at the student recreation center. I also owned a few yoga DVDs. But I hadn’t fully committed and until that day-long seminar the only style of yoga I had practiced was hatha. Today I am more committed to my practice, but I still feel like I have a ways to go.
I have tried establishing an at home practice but to no avail – so far. I also do not practice daily. But I do practice regularly, usually attending one to two classes a week. And whenever I am need of a stretch (especially when working at a desk all day) I can now easily break out some yoga poses. I have tried many types of yoga now, including:
Am I missing any? I know I have not tried ashtanga yoga yet. Yoga practice is not a spiritual experience for me, although I know many consider it that. For me it’s really a physical practice – the more intense classes for a heart-pumping workout, the more relaxed classes to calm my mind and remove stress from my life. No matter the type of practice, I find myself coming back again and again.
I’m really thankful I’ve been able to enjoy yoga and hope to continue practicing for a very long time. I’m always amazed by the many ages of the yogis in my classes. I hope to be that old lady doing handstands someday. Now if I could only do a handstand at my younger age!