Q- What is your primary purpose for doing yoga?
A- I started coming to yoga after completing Couch to 5K. I've never been very flexible, but it was worse after I started running. I wanted an exercise that would compliment my new exercise habits.
Q- What keeps you motivated and how long have you been practicing?
A- I have done yoga off and on for the last ten years, but never one a regular basis or in a studio setting. I've always followed instructional videos at home. I started coming to Balancing Owl at the end of May, and I have been coming frequently ever since. My motivation is my 40th birthday next year. I decided that my last year in my thirties was going to be about taking care of me. I want to be happy and healthy in 2018.
Q- How do you keep yourself going when life gets in the way?
A- I love how relaxed I feel when I leave, so I've made it a priority. I feel like I am a better wife and mom when I come and take care of myself. I've been putting it on the calendar, like a meeting, so that my family knows when I plan to be at a class. I'm lucky that they are supportive and help me make it work.
Q- What have you noticed are the biggest benefits of doing yoga? How has it made a difference in your life?
A- For me, the benefits have been both physical and mental. I am much more flexible and am seeing definition starting to come out in my arms. That's a huge confidence booster. I also find that when I am getting stressed and frustrated at home, I catch myself breathing deep. That is a much better reaction for a mom of three young girls. Yoga has been helping me keep my stress levels in check.
Q- what one thing do you like to share with others about yoga (especially people that haven't tried it).
A- I have always told people that yoga is the one thing I have found where I can truly clear my mind. I can't let my mind race like it normally does and stand in a balance pose at the same time. If I try to think and practice, I fall over.