I just felt the desire to write about yoga today after I had an amazing class.
**Side Note: It probably wasn't my personal best as I fell off my pole a month ago and am now facing shoulder repercussions. I fell right onto my shoulder. I have it on video. No, I won't show you. I thought it was just bruised and now it's burning and incredibly tight. (I will be visiting the doctor when I get back from vacation). **
Anyway, it was still an amazing class.
A little bit about my yoga history: I started right out of high school as a way to get fit. I am from a small town and back then (I swear I'm not that old) we didn't have any yoga offered in my city, so I chose a couple videos. I really enjoyed it, but it was done along with running and for no other reason than to stay in shape. I used to run. *shakes head in disbelief*
Then I moved to Omaha and because I was broke I continued the videos, as well as continuing my adventure on the treadmill and trying to find other ways to get fit and stay in shape. That's all that mattered to me. I eventually landed myself on some P90X and the YogaX was my favorite. I read a little (really, I mean a little) on yoga and was going through some hard times and some harder breakups and yoga was the only thing that really relaxed me and quieted my mind. It helped me a lot, so I looked into going to different studios. Being a poor college student meant that I had to find places that were affordable. It didn't mean I was looking for a cheap place as cheap may actually mean suck, but expensive doesn't always mean best either.
I took a class with Jeff at Omaha Power Yoga because he was offering a $20 for 20 classes deal. It was the perfect time as I was starting a new journey in my life and figuring out that running wasn't working for me (I now will only run when someone is chasing me). The gym was alright but didn't make me happy and instead made me focus more on my looks rather than my soul and that's what I really needed. I wanted to do things that made my soul happy, that got rid of my anxiety and helped my mind. I remember the first Power Alignment class I went to we talked a lot about the "philosophy" of yoga, more than we actually even physically did yoga and I left the class so happy. He spoke about how flexibility and strength are just added benefits, but yoga is for your life on and off the mat. (He says all of this a lot better than I do). At that moment, I fell in love with OPY.
I ended up there for my 20 classes and then my school schedule changed and so I had to go without. My thoughts during that time always drifted back to the intensity of OPY and the way that I felt after those classes. I always call it a mind-wipe. I am clear, happy, settled, free...I could keep going on and on about how I feel after a class, but you get the point. None of these words have anything to do with physical things like 'I feel stronger, more flexible' because those things are afterthoughts for me. I get on the mat to improve my soul and Omaha Power Yoga does that for me...reveals my soul, my emotions. It's confronting in the best way ever. It helps me be my best me and it brings me peace. :)
I ended up at another place for a while because of a gift certificate and as I mentioned before, I had conflicting school schedules with OPY and I could attend more classes at the other place. The classes were great and the teachers were awesome, but it just wasn't the same. So as soon as school allowed me to attend more than once a week, I switched back to OPY and now that I'm done with school, I don't intend to switch places ever again. In fact, I will hopefully be doing the teacher training with Jeff starting in April.
So pretty much what I'm saying is that yoga changed my life and Omaha Power Yoga along with Jeff and his amazing teachers have helped with my journey. If you are ever thinking about something different than the gym. If you're just not happy there and are realizing that the gym makes you more sad than accepting of yourself, then maybe give yoga a shot. If it's not for you then that's okay. But as someone who would often leave the gym in tears, the gym harmed me more than healed me. My soul deserved better, and I found it at OPY.