I’m currently writing to you while I am working at my part-time job. For those of you who don’t know, I work part-time at the front desk of a yoga studio. I basically sign people into classes, answer questions and sell merchandise. It’s a nice little retail gig, plus I get free yoga classes.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about yoga and a few people have requested some additional info. So I’m dedicating today’s post to talking about yoga.
I study a teaching of yoga called Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. It was founded by teacher Baron Baptiste. It’s a form of yoga that focues on the flow of yoga poses, instead of a static pose practice. The flow of yoga poses is done with an intense focus on Ujjayi breathing. Basically, you inhale (through the nose) on a movement to a pose, and exhale (through the nose) to get to the next pose. The breathing is the most important part of the yoga practice. It helps you through your hard poses and helps you to be in the present moment.
Power Vinyasa Yoga is practiced in an 85-degree room. The heat from the room allows your body to move easier, and it provides for a great, sweaty workout! Classes are anywhere between 60-minutes and 90-minutes. Most studios also offer beginners classes (and special beginners deals!) so that you can check it out to see if you like it.
When I first started practicing yoga, I hurt. I’m not gonna lie. I ached. I pained. I still do, on ocassion. I love it though. It helps my mind and has increased my physical strength tremendously. I try to practice 3-5 times a week. I’ve also started reading up on the mental benefits of yoga. I would recommend checking out the book Mediations from the Mat. It will help you to tap into the mental aspects of your yoga practice.
I’m sure this will be the first of many yoga info posts. I’ll update you from time to time with yoga news! If anyone in the Cleveland area is interested in taking a yoga class I’d be more than willing to recommend a studio.
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