Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. (B.K.S Iyengar)


I’m always looking for ways to improve myself it seems. It’s not as if I’m dissatisfied with who I am as a person, or how I look physically – and yet I’m always looking to do more. Try different things....expand my horizons. Not a bad thing I suppose. It does often make me ponder why some people are perfectly content with being where they are in life, and not changing a thing. Going through the same routines, the same cycles day in and day out. Not that there is anything wrong with that either, because there isn’t. There’s a definite comfort in routine and stability. I need that in many ways, I can’t be an entirely free spirited person on all levels. But I’m referring more to the hobbies and habits we pick up in our lives. It’s just interesting to see the differences in people. How our minds are primitively the same and yet all function so very differently.

I’ve decided that I’d like to take yoga – pilates and “hot” or bikram style. I think that not only would I really enjoy and benefit from the calming effect that yoga has, I’m going to love the endurance aspect of the more physically challenging classes. I’ve wanted to take yoga for a while, but there hadn’t been any places close by for me to go – and time for myself is so very limited, so to have someplace close to home will be great. I guess I’m just getting bored with my workout at home. I run every day and alternate lifting and hitting the heavy bag or doing calisthenics every other day. But I’m feeling the need to shake it up a bit. I just feel stagnant – like I need to do more. Rumor has it that the new gym that’s being built on base is going to have a boxing ring – and will have women’s boxing, so if that’s true I’ll be thrilled. But that gym won’t be open until June I believe, and there aren’t any boxing gyms close to home for me, so I’m thinking that taking on yoga is a good interim activity and will keep me from feeling so....whatever it is I’m feeling.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found out that Yoga is much more of a workout than I thought.

MY WIFE and I signed up for some classes last summer. As you know, I play fast-pitch softball and I'm in reasonably good shape for a guy just this side of 50. I figured it would be a relaxing hour of stretching and meditating. I sweated my ass off and FELT it the next day.

chesneygirl said...

I have alot of friends, including my mom that really like Yoga.
I've just never been ablt to "get into" it myself. I prefer something high intensity that makes me sweat, excuse me, PERSPIRE. (ha) That way I really feel as if I actually had a workout.
That's just me! :)

I hope you like it! :)

Anonymous said...

I think I would like to try Yoga too. It is supposed to be a really good exercise for the core and balance...we older folks need that balance stuff so we don't fall down! LOL

And that feeling of needing something that you can't quite put your finger on....I think it has to do with something 'seasonal'! I feel it too!!!

clipper829 said...

If you do vinyasa/power/hot yoga - there is no questioning it's intensity. In fact, I sweat more doing that then I could ever imagine sweating doing any form of cardio. It's the best workout I've ever found. I think you'd really like it!

However, I too have limited time to myself, and finding a place close by would be key. It's hard for me to drive 30 minutes there, 30 minutes home and take a 90 minute class.

Big Ben said...

Patti tried to teach me the downward dog, it hurt. No yoga for me.

Tiger said...

Bikram's hot yoga style is often regarded as the most athletic - here's an interesting resource: http://www.bikramfinder.com - it's local hot studio reviews, locations, etc.