I recently started taking a weekly yoga class at Repose Yoga. I’m the first one to admit that I wasn’t always a big fan of yoga. I would take a class here and there, but I was more into the running and circuit training workouts; I thought yoga was too slow for me, and I wanted something more upbeat and fast paced. Well my friends – I was completely wrong. So, so wrong.

I have been taking a yoga class once a week for the past couple of months. Every Tuesday morning I head up to work early, drop my stuff off in the office, and take a 7:30am class. The class is called ‘Slow Flow’, and it’s not super intense, but that’s what I like about it. This is the perfect addition to my weekly workout routine. I get to stretch the parts of my body that I never usually pay much attention to, and it allows me to be aware of areas that need strengthening. For example, my hips are very tight, and this is why I think I have been having lower back issues. I was so use to running, doing squats and box jumps, that I didn’t realize how much I was neglecting an important part of my body.

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Yoga has taught me to be gentle to my body, but not be afraid to push my limits. When you think you can’t stretch any further, take a deep breath and dig a little deeper.

Yoga has taught me to find my center. It has taught me to slow down and concentrate on what I am doing in the moment, rather than what’s about to happen in a few hours.

Yoga has taught me that it’s okay to lay down for a few minutes and forget about everything else going on around me. Even better if I’m able to block out the negative thoughts that might be affecting my other daily activities.

Yoga has not only helped me perform better in my other workouts, but it has helped me tackle challenges at work and everyday life.

Yoga has taught me how important it is to make time for yourself. Make time to do things that I see as important like working out.

When you try something new, you can find out things about yourself you never knew before.