My Yoga Journey
Thirty years plus of playing football twice weekly, marathon running and taking part in various other sporting activities gave me the feeling of considering myself to be pretty fit for my age. Initially I took my first yoga class at Yoga 7 to support a friend teaching her first class, however, I soon realised there is a big difference between being fit and being supple!
Almost 5 Years on….I have made progress, through regular weekly yoga 7 classes, a number of positions I could not do in that first class and I thought may be impossible for me, I can now no only do, but do with ease.
In those years I have seen many start the classes only to fall away after a short period; in part I think it may be due to people expecting to notice improvements too quickly. Having passed the age of 50 I am all too aware that my body is at the point where I have to up the maintenance effort just to stand still. Even, if I did not improve suppleness as a result of regular classes at Yoga 7, the result would be to have delayed any further deterioration and that in itself is a positive factor and motivation to continue.
However, my real motivation for continuing with Yoga 7 and yoga classes is simple: I want to maintain my body so that no matter my age I will always be capable of looking after myself. Whilst quite a lot of yoga can be practised at home on a daily basis, taking regular classes allows opportunity for any necessary corrections to be made to my postures, the practise of the postures which are more difficult or dangerous to try at home and the opportunity to learn new postures and techniques as well as enjoy the wonderful deep relaxation session at the end.
To me, yoga is a journey not a destination, a journey that I would recommend to anyone and im really glad to have initially started yoga to help a friend as I’m now hooked.