“ Do things that feed your soul, not your ego and you will be happy.”
Favorite Pose // Why?:
Because I am a runner any pose that helps stretch and open my legs, as well as aid in my flexibility and focus is super beneficial. Some specific ones are….
– Downward Dog Split
– Pigeon Pose
– Warrior Variations (I, II, III) –These poses are great for a deep strength in my legs
Poses that help with focus and concentration:
– Tree Pose
– Easy Pose
– Eagle Pose
I am also a fan of inversions which help reverse blood flow // improve circulation in the body, and increase immunity // prevent illness, not mention that awesome feeling you get once you find yourself hanging upside down, seeing life in a different perspective.
– Crow Pose
– Shoulder Stand
– Forearm Stand (working on perfecting this one)
It’s hard to pick just one!
Favorite Part About Yoga?:
Yoga has always provided an escape for me. Whether it was a way to stay active while not worrying about the rivalry a competitive sport may bring or a way I can slip away from my busy routine, sit quietly on my mat and focus on what truly matters. God has blessed me with a wonderful life and admits the chaos I sometimes forget that.
When Did You Start Yoga?:
I got into yoga when I was a sophomore in high school. As I mentioned earlier, I am a runner and at the time was a three sport athlete. Yoga was a way I could incorporate being active in a new light. Without the competition, hard pounding of running, or other demands team sports brought. I have loved growing in the practice ever since.
How Has it Helped You?:
Yoga has helped me in many areas, especially physically and mentally. The beauty of yoga is that you can incorporate it into so many aspects of life. For me physically, I have found it to strengthen my knees through the alignment work in the poses I do, as well as helped me develop a deep and calming breath which I rely on in stressful times and when I run. Mentally, I notice myself focusing on my own life. Not worrying about the person on the mat next to me, how they are doing in their practice or what their opinions are. Instead, I focus on how I can better myself. Although I am still working on it, mediation is great time to quiet my heart and reflect on the days blessings. I personally use this time to thank God for His mercies and continual love.
– If you are not the most motivated person when it comes to exercise, grab a friend to join in on the work out with you. It helps with accountability and can make the workout more enjoyable.
– Set a designated time for when you plan on exercising. If you put in down on paper, you are more likely to do it.
– Try new activities! There is so many different ways to be active. Yoga isn’t for everybody, running isn’t for everybody, lifting isn’t for everybody, but in order to find what works for you, you must be willing to try out different exercises. See if your local gym offers any special classes such as Pilates, Zumba, or Spinning. Call up a group of friends to play some pick-up games like basketball, soccer, or football, look to join in on 5k’s or marathon, hike a mountain, swim a river. If you’re willing, the options are endless.
Kara Heckman//Grove City College Student