When did you start practicing yoga?
Last November and the timing could not have been better to start. My young family of five was in the process of moving, switching schools, and celebrating the holidays. Yoga helped me slow down and breathe during those chaotic days.
What brought you to BYX?
I heard great things about it from ladies at my boot camp class. The core strength toning and stretching instead of bouncing and weights interested me.
Why do you keep coming?
I like the early classes. 5:30am is my time! Nobody is awake to interrupt me, and I have been an early bird my whole life. If it were up to me, BYX would have 5:30AM Saturday classes! Also, the teachers' positive attitudes and vibes make me somehow want to embrace not only the poses, but the yoga mentality. I am still trying to figure out just how to learn that!
What benefits have
you seen from your practice?
As a long-distance runner and triathlete, I realized the benefits of stretching. My sore muscles are gone after 90 minutes at BYX. The breathing helps me at home when my fuse is short with three little ones, too!
What has surprised you about practicing?
It took me awhile, but I've learned that pushing to the max, and pain, is not always necessary to gain benefits or to improve at some things.
How has yoga improved/changed your life?
I believe yoga increases my endorphins and improves my mood. It is similar to when I get the "runner's high" from a great run outside. The teachers have helped me to believe in the now and not turn over and inside out the past and future.
What's your favorite posture and why?
I love the half moon pose to start the class and stretch and lengthen. Standing head to knee pose and triangle used to be frustrating, and I wanted to skip them because I couldn't grasp how to lock my knees, open my hips, look for the triangle, etc., and so forth. But the difficult poses and cues from teachers are what make those poses top favorites too.
Do you have any new goals that you did not have before practicing yoga?
I plan to continue on a regular basis, improve my standing bow, and learn more about how to increase student athlete involvement because I feel like it's a great preventive injury tool that could be learned early on in life.