Yoga is an amazing practice! It addresses one’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being. At its most practical, Yoga is a tool for awareness. The physical postures bring about an awareness of the misalignment, weakness and tension in the body. The breathing practices bring awareness of the more subtle realm of the inner body. The meditation practices bring awareness of the mind and its busyness. As humans, we are searchers and those who seek Yoga find the gift of awareness which can lead to change. Awareness is a function of change. Only by first being aware can change happen.
Another inspired Yogi shares her story…
How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week?I have been practicing yoga for about 6 years. I generally practice twice a week.
What made you decide to practice yoga? I was looking for a way to relieve stress and to do some exercise. The very first class I went to, I thought I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the instructor doing the poses. I didn’t have a lot of upper body strength. It has been an amazing process of transformation over the last six years. I have gained so much strength and inner peace. It actually kind of sneaks up on you. You change and you don’t realize it.
What do you like most about practicing yoga at National Harbor?I love doing yoga outside but especially by the water. There is a certain peaceful feeling I get just being near the water. The other reason is Cathy. She is a tremendous teacher. I have been to many yoga classes with many teachers over the last six years. She is the best. Her style of teaching is unmatched.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite?My favorite pose is Warrior II. I like it because you feel such strength inside when you do it. It has helped me get through many things that life has thrown at me.
Describe how yoga has enhanced or changed your life?Yoga has helped me get physically stronger. It has given me inner peace and has helped me deal with many issues. If I go a week without practicing I can tell I need to do it. My mind and body just feel better after a session.