September 15, 2011

A New Routine: Weekly Yoga



Last Saturday Courtney and I took a "Slow Flow" yoga class in downtown Phoenix. During my time as an undergraduate I always thought doing yoga would help out a lot with my daily stress, and although I did attempt it and took a few classes through my college and local YMCA, I never felt like any of them did anything for me or were really a good fit for me.

So last month before I started Grad School I declared on Twitter that I really want to start doing yoga regularly (as a way to relieve stress, and get a bit of a workout in). Soon after Courtney says that we should do the classes together, and then our hunt for a great yoga studio began. After a few weeks of searching around trying to get our schedules in synch, we ended up going to Urban Yoga in downtown Phoenix. While the studio is a bit of a drive for the both of us, the city atmosphere, chic building/studio space, and amazing class made it totally worth it.

After getting into the class a little late, we scooted our way into to floor spots next to one another. The class itself was for beginners and was absolutely full that morning (which made for an extra hot room). There was lots of stretching, poses that worked every muscle in my body (I swear), and also a little bit of resting. The hour and fifteen minute classes ended with a relaxation time in which the instructor (who was extra spunky) banged a gong for ten minutes. I think the gong was a little unnerving for Courtney and I (the room sounded like it was going to explode!), but it was nice to rest the last few minutes of class.

We came out of this experience extra sweaty, but feeling really good about the experience. This week we are going to continue our yoga routine by trying out a new studio in Mesa. I already can't wait!

Do you practice yoga? If so, do you attend classes, or do it at home? What do you love about it the most?
-Chelsea XO

12 comments:

  1. Hey I started yoga this week as well!!! :-)

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  2. i absolutely LOVE yoga! i want to start doing it regularly also and maybe add in some hot yoga also! it does help to try different studios before settling down. every yoga teacher has a different style :) GOOD LUCK!

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  3. I love yoga, though haven't done it in a long time. You guys clearly have so much fun!

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  4. i love yoga, but he more i do it the pickier i get. i really love when the instructor plays some sitar music (im addicted) and it feels like a spiritual experience instead of just physical. definitely shop around before settling, it can change your life.

    xxoo
    www.paperplanesandmaryjanes.com

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  5. I love yoga. I practice ashtanga, which is a fantastic workout. My favorite thing about yoga is that anyone can do it. It takes no special talent whatsoever to be excellent at it, all you have to do is practice. Plus that "yoga high" is totally addictive!

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  6. Eeee, I loved reading this! I've hardly done any yoga - home or otherwise! I am hoping I can start (most likely while in the comfort of my own little space.) It seems like such a good workout for the mind and body!

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  7. i've never tried it but i hear good things. i don't think i could do it though. when i workout, i have to be distracted - so i always have magazines, music and a machine that makes these lazy legs move (bikes or ellipticals). but maybe when my attention spans grows, i should try yoga ;)

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  8. I'm actually taking a yoga class as part of my undergraduate work, it's an elective. It's a good deal of fun, and I like doing it three days a week and I can feel my body changing and getting stronger already. The only downside is that there is somewhat of a focus on learning the Sanskrit for the pose, which makes the class slightly stressful.

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  9. I love, love, love yoga. I started with some very gentle yoga routines that were on Netflix Instant, and over time I've done a number of DVDs, 3 times a week for about 6 months. My favorite place to go to switch up my routine is yogatoday.com, they post new free classes every week and if there's one you like, you can download it for a few dollars. The Flow Class with Adi Amar is so, so good, and it's easy enough to do without a lot of experience.

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  10. I've never done yoga, and I've always wanted to try. I've always been into movement, but being still isn't something I'm too good at. xD

    <3 Deanna
    Barefoot Love

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  11. I love yoga and wish I had more time for it (in grad school now, no time for anything!) Plus, classes can be pretty expensive. I'm no good at home work outs, so I love a good class...it's so relaxing and really calms my anxiety.

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  12. My dad used to be kind of a yoga guru and something like a year ago I found his old books and now I try to do yoga at least twice a week, mostly instructed by youtube videos. I love the fact that I can have my own pace since I practice at home and it's almost impossible to hurt yourself in the process! :D

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