27 February 2008

Do Some Oga*

When it's cold and grey out, it's hard to get motivated. But moving your body will make you feel better, I promise. That is, of course, unless you hurt yourself. Don't hurt yourself. Anyways, I'm not a runner, or really that into sports, or going to the gym. So I've always had a hard time finding some kind of exercise that could keep me motivated and that I actually enjoyed doing. When I was in school, I found this amazing yoga studio. It was so amazing, in fact, that when I left Vermont, I was completely ruined and could never find another yoga class that I enjoyed.

But I finally did find one here. And I've been pretty diligently going once a week, and sporadically practicing at home in between classes. And it feels so good. A friend of mine recently said to me that she was feeling so uncreative since she had stopped doing yoga. She felt that because she had no time that was specifically carved out to do something exclusively for herself, something that was meditative, she was lacking creative inspiration. I totally get that.

I know it sounds cheesy, but I feel recharged after yoga. And the weeks that I don't go to class, and don't have time to practice at home. Well, I can tell the difference. So do some yoga. Or go for a run, bike ride, trip to the gym, or just take a nice long walk. Move yourself.

*This came from a little girl I know who was having a lot of temper tantrums and whose mom was trying to help her calm down by doing yoga. When her doctor asked her what kinds of things she did to calm her body, this little two year old responded "I do oga." She then clasped her hands in prayer position and said "namaste."

Also- you have no idea how hard it is to capture yoga poses with a self-timer. Must figure out this remote thing!


  1. I love doing yoga! Since I started again in Jan. I've really been feeling good. Feeling fit and flexible and it just really calms me. I totally get that.

  2. I haven't been to One Yoga for a few years, but, the space there is so fantastic! I'm glad you found a place you like here.

  3. I am new to your blog and really love your posts! I too have always wanted to try yoga and have set a goal for myself to find classes or a studio... my other goal was to add more movement into my day...I have not been doing well with this but thanks for the reminder! I need to try harder! Lovely photos!!

  4. i completely agree. yoga boosts my energy and my mood. i feel a million times better when i practice. i just started learning some chants too and it's so amazing.

  5. I have been thinking about yoga classes... I teach where I live, so I'm not sure if I'd feel comfortable here, so I might come up to the cities! :) We shall see.