I've been making an effort this year to be more consistent with my yoga practice. I know...we're just 7 weeks into 2013. But I find I perform better when I take in yoga on a regular basis. For work, I find that yoga helps minimize my stress level...and a clear mind is a sharper mind. For running, yoga keeps my hamstrings stretched and I notice that I perform better on my long runs.
But the hard part is finding the time and a teacher I like. For the past couple of years, I have enjoyed the classes taught by Jen or Kristen at Inner Bliss. I recently tried an instructor at a studio in Lakewood. She was so nice, but I just didn't click. There was a student in class who asked questions about every 5 minutes and I found it so distracting. I think it's important to feel comfortable with the instructor to ask questions about whether you're in a pose correctly, but the volume of questions was just so distracting. And her music just didn't work for me.
Music is an important piece for me. I love getting lost in a good song. I remember being in one of Kristen's classes when she played Eddie Vedder's Breathe about half way through and it just felt right.
I then tried a class near my work during lunch. It was convenient and priced at $10 a class. The class was actually not bad, but the music was a bit too spiritual for me. Just not feeling it here either.
Tara Stiles has been getting a lot of buzz the past couple of years so I checked out a few of her YouTube videos and I'm hooked. I like her voice, the flow of movement, and I especially like how her videos are geared toward athletes and tight hamstrings. I found one that's just 7 minutes long and easy to do in the mornings. And best of all, it doesn't cost $10-15 per class.
Hope you're enjoying your workout today, whatever it may be.