After contemplating for hours last week on what my ILP should be, I decided to try yoga. I’ve tried yoga before by watching dvd’s but I wanted to attend an actual yoga class. My work schedule conflicted with yoga class on Monday night so I was not able to go.
Instead, I busied myself with researching about what yoga is and its history. Wikipedia defines yoga as “a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in ancient India.” It is uncertain to how old Yoga actually is but there is evidence that it existed as early as 3000 B.C. Yoga’s main goal was to focus on understanding the world but the goal later changed. It is now used for self-enlightenment. Swami Sivananda created five basic yoga principles; proper relation, proper exercise, proper breathing, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation. I think a professional yogi has mastered all of these concepts and I strive to someday be like them!
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Another thing I was not aware of before learning more about yoga was that there are many different types of yoga. There is yoga for weightloss, stress, flexibility, and the list goes on and on! It’s crazy to me that something that has been around for so long still helps so many people today.
Like I said before, I was not able to make it to the Monday night yoga session but I was able to attend the one on Wednesday night. There was a total of three people there; the instructor, a lady from my church, and myself. It was really nice to have a small group because I get super nervous when there are a lot of people at an event. We started the hour off with some stretching and relaxation. The instructor was very helpful with making sure I was doing the poses right and answered any questions I had. One thing that is very crucial in yoga is making sure you are breathing correctly. I had some trouble with this but I think with more practice I will eventually master it. For the next hour, we worked on balance, flexibility, and strength. For the last ten minutes of the session we stretched and relaxed. We laid completely still for a full five minutes and I almost fell asleep!
I absolutely loved this yoga class. I felt rejuvenated and relaxed all at the same time when it was over. As for the second part of my ILP, I did not get to it this week but stay tuned because I plan on spending more time in the kitchen this upcoming week! I am so excited to attend my yoga class again and share what I have learned!