Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Workout Wednesday: Yoga

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.

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