Hi, my name is Lauren, and I’m a new blogger over at runyogarepeat.wordpress.com. When I saw Katie mention a guest post about her yoga challenge, I wanted in. I love yoga, and I love sharing yoga with others.
I started going to yoga freshman year of college. My school offered free classes, and there were some weeks where I went everyday or most days at the noontime class. I started to get really excited about the class and how it made me feel. I was used to running or the gym for exercise, and yoga was something different. Something unique. I felt strong, energized, powerful, relaxed, and peaceful. I would enter class frazzled because of all the things I had to do and leave with a clear mind.
I continued to do yoga throughout freshman and sophomore year and tried a few classes at a studio during the summer and vacations. I recently transferred schools, and I have fallen even more in love with yoga. The yoga classes at my new school have helped me better my practice. I have tried new poses that I was scared of (headstand!), as well as focus on the correct alignment of other poses. I have also felt more relaxed and meditative during savasana, partly because of the modifications our teacher does by pressing down on our shoulders and forehead with lavender scented hands.
One of the many reasons I love yoga is the challenge. Running and yoga both challenge me physically and mentally. The difference is in yoga, I embrace the challenge and focus all my energy on each posture. I use my energy to deepen my practice and mind. When I run, I challenge myself, but there are times I just want to give up. In yoga, I look at the challenge of a difficult pose or class as an opportunity to become stronger and feel better. Instead of giving up, I breathe through the moment and focus on how it makes me feel. More likely than not, it makes me feel happy inside. It is my me time of the day.
I have decided to do a yoga challenge during the holiday season as well. It is hard to get away from the busyness of the season. I hope know my yoga challenge will help me appreciate the holidays, my wonderful life, and my strong body and mind.
I am looking forward to the many hours on my mat in down dog and warrior poses. I cannot wait to challenge myself even more and relax in savasana. Most of all, I am excited for the peaceful mind that will help me enjoy and be grateful for so many things during the holiday season.