Namaste–literal meaning, “let there be a salutation to you.” Tonight I went to a beginner’s yoga class with a friend. It was my first experience at a true yoga studio and I felt the presence of yogi-ness in the air.
This week has not been as much about running as it has been about living a more balanced and purposed life. Yoga is one form of exercise to get there. As we did sun salutations and warrior poses, every part of my body–toes to fingertips–came alive. My body lengthened.
I have been saying for a long time that I should do yoga or pilates, so this is the year I plan to give it a whirl at a better rate than one class a year. Yoga will improve my flexibility, strength and posture. All are things to help make me a stronger runner and athlete in general. Relaxation too is in the cards for me because I often forget to just sit still; yoga will be my outlet for letting go of the day.
I’ll be ready for my next class filled with deep, slow breathing and savasana pose to help me relax and release tension from the real world outside.