I’m Hooked: Why I’m Lovin’ Yoga

When I injured my ankle last month (which is doing much better by the way), my fitness routine inevitably changed. I had to take a chill pill, get creative, and step outside my fitness box.

Running and any sort of plyometrics were out of the question. Body Pump remained constant, but everything else had to fall to the wayside.

I needed something new. Enter: Yoga

Yoga was something I had never done before. When I was married to P90X, I tried the yoga DVD for five minutes before I rendered it useless.

This doesn’t make me sweat! I need to burn one million calories! Who cares if I can’t touch my toes!?

Needless to say, my tone has changed. Determined not to turn into a mushy mound of flesh, I gave yoga a try last week. I told Emily that I wouldn’t be trying the class alone, so she had to go with me. Neither of us were particularly excited, as we were both convinced we’d hate it.

Um. Wrong.

Guys, I don’t have one snarky or sarcastic thing to say about my yoga experience – other than the fact that “happy baby pose” nearly made Emily and I lose it.

Our class was at 6AM, and I left feeling absolutely energized, calm, and accomplished. Not ten minutes into the workout, I looked over at Emily and mouthed Oh my God, I’m actually sweating! 

Additionally, I had been a nervous wreck all week – just anxious about anything and everything (does anyone else ever get like that?) and I was blown away by how practicing yoga one time had such a positive effect of my state of mind.

With the little research I’ve done so far, I’m convinced that yoga needs to be a part of my regular routine. And I don’t even need to Google how great the effects are – look at my Aunt Janet! She is my fitness inspiration, for sure. If she does yoga, I do too! :)

Listen – I can’t touch my toes (yet), I don’t know the names of any poses besides Downward Dog, Child’s, and Happy Baby (yet), and I don’t move in a fluid motion (yet) – but I have a feeling I’ll be sticking around long enough to get there eventually.

If you’re a yoga pro or just starting out – make sure to link up with my friend Courtney – she has a great Yoga Challenge going on now!

Let’s chat – What’s your take on yoga? If you have a success story (i.e. you couldn’t touch your toes, but now you can) please share! 

Comments

  1. says

    I also started off very averse to yoga because it wasn’t ‘real enough exercise’ for me. Then, I took a class once (as opposed to trying to do it at home) and had the exact same reaction as you did – it was challenging and totally changed my mental outlook for the rest of the day. I wish I had more time/money to do it often!

  2. says

    Colleen- you are such a sweetheart! Megan and I were in the middle of boxes packed up for moving and drinking wine and I started asking her to try those poses and she took pictures as we laughed at ourselves. Yoga has definitely helped me stay more flexible and is so good for stress. I am glad you enjoyed your class. Love you! Aunt Janet

  3. Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free says

    I was always averse to yoga until about 1 1/2 years ago when I tried it and loved it! It ha made a HUGE difference in my mobility, body awareness, and mental state. I can safely say that some of my lifts in crossfit, like overhead squats, are much better ecUse I practice yoga.

    i love inversions & arm balances becaus they’re challenging but so peaceful. I tend to prefer more aggressive vinyasa styles but have really been liking gentler practices like yin yoga when I’m really stressed.

  4. says

    I was about to say that I love yoga, but rarely do it because I don’t have enough time. That’s a super lame excuse!! I am going to commit to making time for yoga — it leaves me in such a strong and happy mental state, and I’m positive it would help stretch out my (very sore these days) running muscles. Bring on the happy baby!! :)

  5. says

    I used to have the same opinion about yoga, but I’m really loving it now! It’s so much more relaxing than any other type of exercise, and it does make me sweat! I love Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown DVD (also available on YouTube) because she makes me work so hard!

  6. Erika says

    I use to think Yoga was useless – the same as you I thought if I didn’t sweat than I wasn’t working out. I got preggo and decided to try it again to help loosen me up for labor and delivery. I started doing yoga once a week and it did wonders for my body. It took away all the aches that my body built up throughout the week and my balance and flexibility increased greatly. Even after having my baby (1 year ago) I am still doing yoga once a week though I don’t know if I want to do it any more than that.

  7. says

    I used to hate yoga for some of those same reasons–it didn’t feel like “enough” of a workout! I ‘joined’ in on Courtney’s yoga challenge this month and I’m honestly loving it. i just do sessions at home with a Jillian Michaels DVD but I’m getting better and better at it since I’m doing it more often. I’m pretty sure it’s helping me train (for my upcoming half marathon) stronger too.

  8. says

    I can not tell you how excited I was to read this post. I LOVE yoga! I to was a nut about body pump, and my work out buddy and I tried body flow one day. Well we have decided in the past few months we needed more of a challenge and started taking the regular yoga class at AmFam. WOW the feeling you get when you come out of there is amazing.

    The best piece of advice I can give you is once you can get over the giggles (I about died during happy baby) really focus on your breathing, relax, and know that it takes times to perfect poses and such! Namaste!

  9. Jenifer says

    Yes! I started yoga at the end of last semester and have been going regularly for about 5 months now. The rewards are countless. If you’re anything like I think you are, you will learn the poses quickly and be in a yoga headstand before you know it. It’s my favorite pose because I feel so light and refreshed afterward.

    Also, I hope you find a teacher who will teach the foundations of yoga practice and not just the physical poses. I was scared of how “spiritual” my teacher is but my mindfulness practice has helped me SO much in my counseling, I am more able to focus on the here and now. I consider yoga my own therapy!

  10. says

    I always thought yoga was a little silly, too, but then I found a couple teachers I enjoyed, and I think that makes a big difference.

    I used to have trouble, but now I can touch my hands flat on the floor! I’m super proud of that.

  11. Cassie says

    For me, it all depends on where I’m doing the yoga! I love it in a studio, but had a tendency to get a little bored when I took it at the gym. I loved my studio so much, im doing teacher training now for power yoga!

  12. says

    Yay yoga! I also sprained my ankle a while back and took it as a great opportunity to refocus on yoga. Now tht my ankle has pretty much recovered, I’ve added more high impact exercise back into my routine, but yoga is still a bi part of my life. The sprain was a blessing in disuse!

  13. says

    I find yoga to be really tough – both physically and mentally. But it’s a challenge that I truly want to conquer. My yoga attempts lately have all been in DVD form, namely Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. It’s a good start for now!

  14. Mary Ellen McCarthy says

    All of my doctors have been telling me to do yoga for YEARS. I have some tapes/videos a book and I watch the lady on PBS some mornings 6:30am One of these days I am actually going to try it. It is just a matter of scheduling it in. Thanks for the push. I have asthma that is exercise/pollen/pollution triggered, so Yoga is a definite need in my life.

  15. kristen @ livinlifeinlouie says

    the happy pose definitely gets me laughing everytime, but it is a surprisingly good stretch. I also had the same thought process. “I need to be moving constantly to burn all those iced coffees” and yoga pushes me more than I ever thought

  16. says

    I’m a runner, so I love what Yoga does for my sore muscles. But I also do Yoga to manage an anxiety disorder–it has done wonders for me. Good luck with your quest to become a Yogi :-)

    P.S. Happy Baby Pose is one of my FAVORITES!

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