However, my yoga love began in a peculair way. It started my junior year of college, when my mom had breast cancer. I was away and unable to be with her when she cut her hair and went to appointments; as much as I would have liked. I think I harbored guilt because I wasn't with her, but honestly, I would have had guilt if I spent every second with her. I started stressing during school, in my relationships, and became a bit of a hypochondriac. I had my first anxiety attack when I turned 21. I am pretty sure most people refer to it as a "hangover" but I ended up going to the emergency room. (How embaressing). My dad told me all I needed was a good B.M. Only a dad....
That is when my mom bought me my first yoga mat, block, and dvd's. She could tell, even in her state, that I needed to R E L A X! She was right (like she is most all of the time). I continually practiced throughout the years.
It wasn't until this December when I attempted Vinyasa Flow. I religiously did it 3-4 days per week. (The first week, it was tough to sit down on the toilet.) February, I went down to Walter Reed for four months. Yoga was my safe place, even in the hospital room I was breaking out downward facing dog! It was the start of me being a "yogi." When we returned at the end of May, I resumed this exercise routine and also added in the desire to run a 1/2 marathon. Adding the yoga, strengthened my legs and core, but also helped my MIND (EMOTIONAL and MENTAL)! I had a new mantra and a clear mind. My rhythmatic breathing led me step by step.
Now that I am preggers, I still am maintaining this lifestyle (when I am not completely nauseous). I have to believe that this routine led to a more stress-free living. I felt stronger and happier with myself. Maybe it even helped me get pregnant? I highly encourage everyone to look into taking a class on base/post, YMCA or even a DVD.... especially if you need to relax, like ME!
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