Hi everyone! This week is still injury free and I’m loving it! One thing I’m excited about is my ability to focus on yoga to help me get stronger and get better at stretching. The MRI scared me a lot, and I think that anything I can do to help my running improve is worth the effort! So I’m continuing on my quest for a yoga home. My apartment is too tiny to create a relaxing space to practice, so I’m looking for a studio where I can learn proper alignment and really build a love of yoga.
Today I read this blog post from the lovely Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine, and it really got me thinking about what I want to get out of yoga. She describes how her yoga is different from everyone else’s yoga, and it’s so true! In fact, my instructor on Monday night said basically the same thing. She has us focus on our personal intentions for our practice, and then helps us all reach the poses the best way we can. She even emphasizes that we’re all made differently and can’t all access poses in the same way and we need to do whatever feels good at this moment. It was a big deal for me – I really thought I could never be a yogi because I’m not flexible at all and can’t do poses the same way other people can. Remember how I can’t touch my toes? That’s kind of a big part of flexibility. But hearing from an instructor that what I’m doing is okay in the yoga world was so exciting for me! It really had me thinking about what I want “my yoga” to be like.
With running, I’ve got a clear answer for that: my running is something I do to relax, recharge, and push myself to reach new challenges. And I actually want those same three things out of yoga too, which makes it the perfect cross training for me right now! And luckily I’ve got a few good running homes: the many trails around Anchorage and the treadmill!
I’m happy to have found some amazing places to run which support “my running”, but now it’s time for me to do the same thing with yoga. So far, I’ve gone to 4 places and each one was different. Some were intense and focused on sweating, others were way too relaxed and meditative to me. I’m currently in love with this place across the street from me, but I got a $32 Living Social deal on 1 month of unlimited classes at another studio that I need to check out too (because $32 is crazy cheap!). And then there’s the biggest studio in town, which offers more classes than any other but for a higher price. So what do I really want to find in one of these studios?
- Acceptance! Especially towards non-flexible newbies like me.
- A variety of classes to suit my changing workout moods
- A relaxed vibe
- Lots of stretchy classes where I can utilize what I learned from my doctor
- Positivity and excitement – especially with instructors
- Non-judgemental people. I know I can’t control this and they can join up at any time, but if the vibe is chill they might not stay around long
- Small classes so I can get the adjustments I probably need
- Prices that won’t make me drop out!
I know it sounds like a lot, but I know I can find it with so many different options. In fact, I might have already done so! For now, I’m going to keep checking out places until I feel like I found my yoga home. Then I can really get down to learning poses and improving!
Do you have a running home or a yoga home? How did you find it? What do you require in a yoga or running home?