One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to go to a yoga class (you can see my list of 10 resolutions here). After reading my resolutions, because I also post them on Facebook every year, my co-worker Beth invited me to a hot yoga class. I had heard of hot yoga and was happy that someone was inviting me to try it. After attending classes weekly for several months, I have come to a realization: hot yoga rules!
I was able to get a Groupon that helped me become a hot yoga addict. Every week, I looked forward to Sunday, the day I attended hot yoga. I would spend 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, stretching, building lean muscle, sweating out toxins, and cleansing through breathing. Not only did I feel like I was getting a good workout, but I was able to mediate the stresses in my life away. I believe one of the biggest factors in helping me bring balance in my chaotic life is attending these classes.
So my Groupon expired two weeks ago, and I haven’t gone back to get my hot yoga fix. I don’t want to pay a whole bunch of money to keep going despite seeing the benefits. Why does it have to be so expensive? Thankfully, I found another Groupon for a new hot yoga studio that’s 3.5 miles from the house we just moved into. Hot yoga Sundays are back.
There is a part of me that feels guilty for leaving my kids for this two hour time period every weekend. What I know though, is that yoga allows me to feel more balanced, and this helps me make the most out of the time I do have with them. I am more present when I have had time to relax and meditate. At the end of every session I breathe in affirmations and exhale stress. I focus on the same affirmations each time (the thoughts I use to silence my mind), and it works.
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