Last Monday I went to my first ever Yoga class with my step mom. I wanted to check out the gym that I'll probably be joining, and the classes it offers! My step mom jokingly warned methat the instructor was a little intense - in the sense that he really believed in Yoga as a spiritual activity.
Well, she was right. But I loved it! I can't say I left believing in everything he said or spiritually awakened, but I found it healing nonetheless. Getting into that frame of mind, the calm that allows you to really connect with your body and become aware of it, it was a very special experience and I'm totally hooked already! I swear I spent the entire hour and a bit in another place, one where the things that are normally on my mind were not. I literally left my worries and concerns at the door and focused on the moves, on the stretches, on the way my body behaved. It was super relaxing.
The ideas that I totally did get into were that of loving your body for what it is. The instructor insisted we kiss our knees when we were doing the stretch with bringing our knees up. He insisted we thank our bodies for what we were able to do, even if it wasn't as far of a stretch as others were capable of. If our hands were in a near prayer position, he'd tell us to pray to whomever or whatever it is we pray to that our bodies stay as wonderfully capable as they are now. It was so refreshing to have such a simple version of self-love thrown at us in a setting where it's pretty easy to believe it! What with our bodies twisting and stretching and curving and releasing so much energy. It's remarkable.
I also loved the idea of "healthy body, healthy mind" and vice versa. It's something I've been focused on a lot lately, in the way I eat and the way I live. If that weren't obvious by the health smoothie recipe I just posted! I can't lie - I've had one of those smoothies every day this week! Different recipes, but with the same 'health' goal in mind!
So basically, I think I'll be going back to Yoga again. Soon.