Hello all! I’m very excited to announce that I’m the newest blogger on the amazing YOGAthletix team and coincidentally, I just so happen to be Jamie’s baby sis (hehehe)! Let me start by saying that I am just a baby in the “yoga scene” and have, until recently, always been extremely skeptical of practice. I confess that in the past, yoga classes often left me feeling uncomfortable – mumbling “Namaste” under my breath at the end of every class normally left me feeling silly and downright idiotic. However, as someone who has always pursued fitness and healthy active living, I felt it my civic duty to give yoga another shot (that and the fact that my sister eats, sleeps, and breathes yoga).
I must confess that I am thoroughly pleased with myself for doing so. I now understand the societal obsession with the practice of yoga and don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be a vegan hippie to practice yoga – the benefits of practice are virtually endless, and like me, you won’t be sorry that you took an hour or two out of your day to worship your body. I know it sounds totally weird, but trust me, its not!. The results of regular practice are completely practical and the best part is that you don’t need any special equipment – just a few square feet of space and a mat.
Since my recent yoga-revelation, I realized just how beneficial practice is and how it is much more than simply a form of physical fitness. I think the number one benefit of yoga for me (a 20-something girl, pursuing an undergrad degree, and trying to navigate through the challenging and often messy life of singledom) is stress relief. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the gym or for a nice long run. However, I often find these forms of physical fitness leave me amp’d up and fill me with feelings of aggression, or completely tire me out. Yoga, on the other hand, does the complete opposite; I leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated because yoga employs a number of different techniques. The more I practice, the calmer and calmer I become.
So let me be the first to say that we shouldn’t be so judgmental when it comes to yoga. I was wrong in my initial thoughts. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle that isn’t just about going to the gym everyday to get “ripped”, you should definitely think about trying out a yoga class or two.. or three .. or fifty!Jessica is just your average 20-something girl who is studying Communications at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She loves Netflix, fro-yo, and Lauren Conrad. Jessica believes that everything happens for a reason and she hopes to one day own a Direwolf.