It has been nearly a month since my last post and so much has been going on. I’ll fill you in…
First and foremost, I started a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Vital Yoga. It’s physically, mentally and emotionally challenging- not to mention it costs a pretty penny. But honestly, I couldn’t be happier with this decision. The transformation is so completely worth it. Speaking of transformation, little did I know that my one-month goal of not eating refined sugar would bump right up to an Ayurvedic Cleanse that began my training. My body had already changed drastically from not eating refined sugar. I’ve lost weight and have grown stronger from all the yoga I’ve been doing. Yeehah!
The cleanse was an ass-kicker. I made it 6 out of 7 days. This was my first time doing a cleanse and I really didn’t know what to expect. I certainly didn’t anticipate being such a cranky hag. My partner was doing the cleanse with me and decided to forgo it after a few days becuase we were constantly bickering. Man-oh-man does diet affect the moods! At one point I even had a little bit of a melt down – my partner told me my hair was greasy (which it was) from lathering myself in coconut oil and I got, let’s just say, a little sensitive about it. I’ve been trying on so many differnt habits lately that sometimes I feel (and look) like a different person. Part of that is amazing, but part of it is strange and frustrating. So much change in so little time is a bit overwhelming, but it’s times like these that you just have to trust the process…
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I started practicing yoga the same time I began grad school. I was feeling out of shape and stressed. Our bodies have an amazing way of telling us when we’re not taking care of them – anyone who has ever had a kink in their neck or an ache in their back knows what I’m talking about. Beginning yoga can be a little intimidating. I could barely touch my toes and didn’t want to look stupid while everyone else in the class gracefully positioned their bodies into contorted poses.
The first class I took was in a gym at my university. Although the fluorescent lights and crowded room did not exactly stroke my chi, I lucked out by having an amazing teacher, Blair Vaughn. Finding a good teacher is the most important step in having a rewarding yoga practice – the second is finding a good space to do it in. You need an attentive instructor, especially at first. This is the person who will keep your body safe and aligned. They will also challenge you and encourage you to grow.
Blair eventually invited me to practice at an actual yoga studio, which was a significantly more pleasant experience than practicing in a gym. I was hooked. Yoga not only became my workout, but my sanctuary – my place to take an hour to myself and let go of everything. The benefits of yoga are astounding: lowered stress, toned muscles, higher energy levels, less achiness, better breathing, and a sense of accomplishment, just to name a few.
Now after practicing yoga for years I feel like nothing can replace it. Tonight will be my tenth week in an acro-yoga series. Acro-yoga combines acrobatics, yoga and thai massage. It is done in partners where one person is the base and the other the flyer. Although I enjoy many forms of yoga, I have fallen in love with this particular form. The most challenging aspect of this course, in my opinion, is learning how to communicate with and trust your acro-yoga partner – be it your significant other, spouse, or person that you are working with in the class.
If you want to give yoga a try and live in the Denver area, check out VitalYoga.org. They have great studios and amazing teachers. To learn more about yoga or find a studio in your area visit yogajournal.org.
(acro-yoga photo courtesy of Phil Gust and Jennifer Leisch)