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Why I love yoga

 

 

So let’s get a little serious and then we can chuckle later. I have patella tendonitis and a possible torn meniscus. I’ve been dealing this for almost a year and a half. At one point I couldn’t even straighten out my leg. I walked with a limp, and I was devastated. I have my own theory on what happened, but that’s for another day. I had to let go of running, tennis, and yoga. It’s been heartbreaking not to do sprints because I love them and my body responds well to it. I used to wish I loved jogging but I believe in getting from A to B as quick as possible! If you need another reason to be convinced why sprinting is kickass when you’re trying to tone up, look at the body of a sprinter and someone who runs long distance. They’re very different despite them training hard AF. It’s a preference. I’m not saying I let this get to my head, but this one time at band camp at the grocery store this lady came up to me and asked if I ran track. It was a complete mood booster.

After breaking my pinky toe (which may or may not have happened because I fell attempting to do handstand push ups under the influence of Henny), I took to weight training. It was the best/worst thing that could’ve happened to me because now I love weight training. I also broke the same toe again a year later by walking into a couch. Less climatic. (I’m as accident prone as the little boy in Meet The Fockers. Seriously). Let’s fast forward to a year and a half ago when I finally had to accept there was something seriously wrong with my knee. Truth is, I was lovingly bullied by people who care about me into getting it checked out and going to physical therapy. I won’t get into my amazing therapy treatment right now, but I recently got cleared for yoga a few months ago. And it’s been interesting. I love it. But let me tell you if you haven’t heard me say this before. Yoga is not for punks. I did gymnastics as a child, and is it foolish of me to think that I would never lose my flexibility?? And there’s this pose where you’re a downward dog and you’re supposed to bring one foot and place it in between your hands. HOW?? THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. MY BODY DOESN’T GO LIKE THAT.

Skate Park in Old Fourth Ward

Maybe it’s because I’m freshly into yoga, but according to my physical therapist, I’m dramatic. But if you’re reading this I’d like to believe you’re on my side, therefore, you don’t think I’m dramatic. I love attending yoga classes at my gym. But on Sunday’s weather permitting I’ll be outdoors absorbing sunlight at King of Pops Yoga. It’s free. Classes are located in the Old Fourth Ward at the field next to the skate park. It’s right off the beltline.

Why I love yoga

1. It forces me to slow down and pay attention to how my body moves.
2. I actually zone out and focus.
3. I pay attention to my breathing. I’m not saying I stop breathing but sometimes I don’t feel like I’m inhaling and exhaling efficiently. Which may sound weird. But I really do try to focus on my breathing when I work out.
4. My hip flexors are so tight it’s annoying.
5. I just want to be flexible. And that’s just real.
6. It’s a great activity to try outdoors.

The usual instructor Charlie left to go be with a man. She assured us he’s cute. So that’s fine. However, Racheal from Tough Love Yoga is now the Yogi in command. I’ve been in one of her classes before and it was the first I felt that yoga is something that I could do! Have you ever considered taking a yoga class? There are so many free classes now that it’s warmed up! So if you haven’t given it a go yet I highly suggest trying some downward dog and get some vitamin D outside. I’m so glad my friend Essence was able to join me and take these amazing pics! If you’re in the A and ever see me at the King of Pops Yoga one Sunday, come say namaste!

Worn out from yoga!

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply Pam Pender

    I love my yoga practice, now that I’m serious about it. And I get that pose where you have to put your leg in between your hands is difficult. It’s a relief because I used to think it was just me because I was too tall, LOL. But I have learned to do it in reverse so I go down like a swan dive touch my hands to the floor and put one leg back and then the other leg back so now I’m in plank position and from there I going to down facing dog. But I want to come up I put both knees on the floor bring one leg up first and then the other. In my opinion nothing beats yoga and I’m so looking forward to getting stronger to do the more advanced poses. I enjoyed the article keep up the good work. 💕

    May 18, 2017 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Essence Renata

    Now that the weather is finally starting to be more consistent, I would love to start going back out more often. I know that yoga is one of the exercises where consistency pays off (like all fitness really) and I do some basic flows at home to wind down but I love the fellowship of yoga at the park. Great post Blu !

    May 24, 2017 at 6:51 am
    • Reply Blu

      I’ve been thinking about doing a night time flow to help me wind down in the evenings!

      May 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Dani

    Great post blu! I want to start going to yoga for almost the same reasons you listed! I love that you said it forces you to slow down and breathe. I’ll definitely be going with you next time you go! 💪🏿

    May 24, 2017 at 9:32 am
    • Reply Blu

      Right, it really helps with my anxiety!

      May 30, 2017 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Khaana

    Awesome post! I need to get back into yoga. It has so many benefits, like you stated. Definitely a great read 🙌🏾

    May 24, 2017 at 10:40 am
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      May 30, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Tammii Cheatham

    I know it sounds weird, but I love how you write! It’s so easy to read. I’m willing to try out king of pops on Sunday! I’m looking for a day to relax and spend some time on me that doesn’t involve food, or spending a load! This will be perfect!!!
    Please write an article on how the night got started with Henny and handstands!
    Good job❤️

    May 24, 2017 at 11:30 am
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you! It’s a little different, but it’s me! I guess I could tell the Henny story one day lol

      May 30, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply shelly

    My body doesn’t do that either! LOL I like the stretching and have thought about doing some yoga more often myself. But it hurts.

    May 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I’m glad you agree with me lol Maybe sitting in the sauna and a few light stretched might help!

      May 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Haley Marie

    I love yoga, too! I initially started doing it because I was having unexplained back problems and couldn’t really work out because I was in so much pain…however, once those went away, I kept doing it because I loved how clear my mind felt afterwards (I have anxiety and yoga is such a great natural remedy). Thanks so much for sharing your story <3

    May 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I have anxiety too! I love how I’m not consumed by it in that moment! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it!

      May 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Alexandra

    Amen! I am just starting to get into yoga for the same reasons you love it. I love that it makes me recognize my imbalances in my body.

    May 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I didn’t realize how much I needed it. I think more people should embrace it!

      May 30, 2017 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Hi Blu! I have almost six months now that i do yoga and i love it! I totally agree with you!
    xoxo
    Kate
    https://sparkleandthecity.com

    May 30, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Congrats on six months! How do you feel??

      May 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Holly

    I’ve a newbie at yoga so this post was so fun to read! Thanks for sharing xoxo

    May 30, 2017 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s so fun once you get the groove of it. Xo

      May 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Mikaela

    I love your writing style! Yoga is great!

    May 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you so much! It sure is 🙂

      May 31, 2017 at 11:43 am

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