Yoga Class: Still Going Strong… but Still a Little WobblyPosted on February 1st, 2018
For those of you new to my yoga adventures, I started participating in a weekly yoga class back in August. The concept of yoga was pretty foreign to me, so if you need some encouragement (or a good laugh) I highly recommend my previous blog post on the topic.
As I look back on the past five months at my participation in yoga class, and considering all that has happened in my life, I can sit here and comfortably say yoga is most definitely for me. Here are some things I’ve noticed in my body and life because of yoga:
- It has taught me a new way to experience peace.
Most of us have experienced peace in a variety of ways throughout the course of our lives, but I wonder how many of us experience peace in stillness? I used to feel guilty for resting or sitting still or not being the societal norm of “so busy my head is moments away from exploding”, but now I can feel peace in this stillness and actually enjoy it. There’s something to be said for completely unplugging every now and then, and how wonderful we can do that without going on vacation to a remote island somewhere (I burn easily…)!
- I have not needed to go to the chiropractor.
This fact has been mind-blowing to me. As someone who just knew they would have to go to the chiropractor at regular intervals for the foreseeable rest of their life for hip and back pain, I was surrendered to the idea that that was just how it had to be. Now don’t get me wrong – I have the world’s best chiropractor – BUT if I don’t have to make the drive and spend the money for the visit every now and again, I count it as a win! When we slow down enough to take care of the bodies we’ve been given and show them the attention, love, and kindness they need (and deserve!), they actually do a beautiful job of taking care of us.
- There’s something to be said for yoga socks.
Yes, they make yoga socks. For someone who strongly dislikes bare feet and greatly appreciates stability, yoga socks are a life-saver! Plus – they’re quirky (and that’s just my style!)!
- I can now flow from Downward Dog into Plank without falling or my arms buckling.
This is a great accomplishment for my personal practice. My upper body strength hasn’t really ever been anything to write home about, but now that I’ve been moving my body regularly in yoga things are different! Although I still struggle at a smooth flow on many poses (see above picture!), I enjoy watching my body’s progress and growth in strength and balance.
- Moving my body regularly because it feels good is so much better than exercising it because it needs to be something else.
I truly enjoy the opportunity to move my body in yoga class each week because it makes my body feel good. I have resigned from the former belief of needing to put my body through exercises or punish it to make it be something culture says it should be. It is much more freeing and enjoyable to move my body in a way it loves. I’ve found that by removing so many rules from physical activity my body has naturally gravitated toward engaging in movement two to three hours a week doing things like dancing, yoga, walking, and riding a bicycle.
I really enjoy being a work in progress and getting opportunities to grow and move through this journey called life. I’m grateful for times of reflection such as this so I can draw encouragement from experience and share it with others. Like Ferris Bueller says: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
I hope you also feel encouraged and are inspired, and I would love the opportunity to be a part of your health care team as a Reasor’s Registered Dietitian! Check us out to learn more about our services and how dietitians can help you with your journey!
Sydney Cavero-Egúsquiza, MS, RD/LD is a non-diet Reasor’s Registered Dietitian, and she is excited to share her continued experience with yoga. She hopes her candid thoughts can be encouraging to you and your journey through life! Sydney offices out of the Bixby Reasor’s, and she also provides dietitian services at the Reasor’s stores at 71st & Sheridan (Tulsa), Jenks, and in Sand Springs.
Information included does not constitute medical advice and should only be used as a general recommendation for a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. Reasor’s Registered Dietitians’ opinions and recommendations are their own; they are not paid to endorse any products or services.