It seemed like a strange past-time that I just could not relate to. That was until last winter, you remember the one, where most of the US got slammed with snow storm, after unrelenting snow storm? I am a commuter, which meant if I wanted to get to and from work each day, I was sitting in traffic, or driving white knuckled hoping I didn't get in an accident (which I did anyways - it was minor, and a slight tangent). I would come home distraught, upset at every one around me, stressed at work and in my workouts. So, I talked to a friend of mine and she talked me into trying yoga with her. Both of us are runners, and have similar ideas of working out, so I said sure - why not...
The first class I went to was a hot yoga vinyasa class - all levels welcomed. I fell into appreciation for yoga that evening, and I haven't turned my back since. I have even branched out into non-heated yoga (although with my runner's joints/muscles, I enjoy the heat aiding in my relaxation and stretching) and restorative yogas.
I keep going back to this one class though, Journey to the Core Yoga, offered at Karma Yoga Studio (their South End location). It is taught by this amazing woman, Mary - who seems to just give your body grace with her words. She is seriously one of the only instructors I continue to go back to, and I continue to trust my practice with. Her classes are always packed, as there are many college students in the area, and Karma has always offered some of the best deals for packages around the city - but she always remembers her regulars and makes sure they have a spot in her classes.
With my injuries during marathon training, I found relief and calmness through my practice at Karma, when I was upset I couldn't run or go to bootcamp - I would make sure I made it to yoga that evening to help myself appreciate what my body can do.
Post marathon, I took a little hiatus from Karma, from yoga in general - I took a step back from a lot of workouts and enjoyed time with friends that I had to give up during training. Just recently I picked back up with Karma, and I can't tell you how satisfied I felt leaving that class...oh wait, I did on DailyMile...
I am so excited to be back at this studio with my Journey to the Core yoga sessions, and looking forward to trying out a few more of their rest and relaxation classes as well as their other two studios (I did a restorative class a while back that was divine for my legs and back)!
FOR MY BOSTON READERS (and those in surrounding areas)
I was contacted by Natalie over at Karma Yoga Studios, and those of you that know Karma, probably know that they offer a lot of those Groupon type deals for class packages, but in
I know I am going to take advantage of this amazing deal, and make a promise to myself to keep yoga a piece of my weekly workout schedule for a happy and strengthened mind and body.
**I was provided this promotional info from Karma Yoga, but the opinions and stories are all 100% my own.