During the fall semester I didn’t make time for myself. My schedule was very strict. It looked like this:
Work 7:30-Noon…drive to school—School 12:30-:120 or 3:30 depending on the day…drive back to work—Work 1:45 or 3:45-5:30…drive home Make dinner and write papers/study/sleep, repeat. And on Thursdays I taught ballet until 9:15pm so I didn’t get any school work done. I was falling apart, I didn’t have any outlets or time for myself and I knew I had to change something before the spring semester started.
After trying out almost all of the yoga studios in Madison, I had purchased a Groupon deal for The Studio. It was a new hot yoga studio in town and about a mile from our apartment, so why not try it out over winter break?
I loved those 5 classes I took over break and how I felt in result of those classes. After hemming and hawing on whether or not I should become a member for unlimited classes per month, I joined. But not after asking these questions; could I make time for myself over the spring semester? Can we afford it? What conflict will arise with my crazy schedule/Rob’s schedule/Meiko’s schedule? Rob was behind me joining 100%–he could tell how complete I felt when I came home from those first 5 classes and knew this is something I should do. We made it work in our budget and in our schedules. I mean, how could I not join..look at this place!
The Studio–Pretty, eh?
*I did take this photo from their website
I became a member in January and started to attend classes every Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed with the occasional Fri/Sat class thrown in there. Having a 5+ class practice each week (I take 2 classes on Sundays) was just what my body needed over the spring semester. Because I became devoted to my yoga practice, I have much healthier habits as well. I drink A LOT more water, I eat healthier (it would be pretty embarrassing to be in class doing a forward fold after having Chipotle for lunch,) and I am a bit more patient. My yoga practice has transformed from just getting into the poses to exploring what muscles and structures in the body need to work properly and in conjunction with each other to get the most out of each pose.
A little about The Studio and why I love it…I kid you not, just walking through the entrance door I instantly fell in LOVE with The Studio — everything about this place is amazing. It has a fantastic atmosphere with wood floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and beautiful windows overlooking either the water or the neighborhood below, depending on what room you are in. The staff is wonderful! They get to know you, are very knowledgeable in what each instructor brings to the table, and they really want to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome. Now, let’s talk about the incredible instructors. The Studio brings such talented and thoughtful instructors to its space. I’ve never been to another yoga studio where the instructors make sure you know what you are doing. Many places I’ve been to, I felt like I wasn’t welcomed or worthy of the instructors time because of my flexibility limitations/knowledge of poses/etc…not at The Studio. I never once felt inadequate at The Studio. Of the 125 +/- classes I’ve attended this year, no two have been the same. Sure, we usually start in child’s pose and end in Shavasana but everything in between is a new experience and exploration. It is because of the instructors here that I want to learn more about what my body is capable of and enroll in a RYS 200 hour teacher training. I want to soak it all in. I am still unsure if I want to become a yoga instructor or not, but I do know that I want to lean more.
Something that I learned over the spring semester is, when something is important enough to you, you make time for it. I was able to find an extra hour and a half to give myself a gift of happiness and health. This in turn made me much more productive in writing my 55 papers because I only had a small amount of time each night to work on them. My Dad always says “give the busy person the work to do, they’ll find time.” It’s true; by adding my yoga practice I accomplished a lot more each day and had the same schedule as the fall semester.
Ithaca does have a few yoga studios where I’ll be able to practice but I am really, really, really going to miss the space that made me “me” again when we move across the country. I’m also going to miss the people and instructors The Studio has introduced me to. Fortunately, I have a month and a half left to sweat a bunch and continue my growing practice at The Studio with the empowering instructors and friendly yogis and yoginis.
PS. This is a funny video of “shit yogi’s say”…I found myself sounding like this after a short while of a somewhat daily practice…