Why We All Need Yoga

I just finished up with some yoga, and I feel amazing. I’ll get to why we all need yoga in our lives…

Let me first recap my day:

Got to hang out with this cutie for a while:

Then I went to church. One of my students got to lead the Bible study, and I hope it was a good learning experience to study the Word and then have to lead a discussion on the passage (Genesis 39, the story of Joseph and Potipher’s wife).

Our lunch was pizza and salad. I got one with chicken and white sauce (I would LOVE if it was with red sauce), and a regular combination one… covered by a delicious mountain of salad.

 

I was good today and went to Starbucks to study for almost 2 hours! *giant pats on my own back* I got a venti coffee, which definitely helped me stay focused.

Then I picked up some food for a joint retreat meeting:

I didn’t take a picture of my own plate, but it had about half chow fun, and a quarter tofu-bokchoy and a quarter spare ribs. I felt so greasy and sleepy after that plate.

Our meeting was for a youth summer retreat that we’re having with about 10 other churches. Since most of the churches have a small youth group, we’re combining all our resources, volunteers, praise team… and we had more than 30 people today! We cleared all the trays of food, that’s for sure.

I got to crack up and hang out with these friendly people, and I just can’t wait for our next meeting! I’m sooo excited for what God is going to do through this retreat!!

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After the meeting, Joe, my brothers, and I went out for more food! SUSHI.

As you can see, I was SUPER excited. Joe was… nervous? I can’t tell what that smile is saying…

HEY! I just realized we’re matching! Joe really likes it when we wear couple’s shirts and match.

Hahaha, I joke.

Oh, yeah. They gave us all a scoop of green tea ice cream for being so awesome. It was surprisingly a perfect amount of dessert. Not too much, not too little. 🙂

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[Disclaimer: I am not a certified trainer! Always check with your doctor for the green light to perform any exercises]

So since today’s lunch and dinner were heavy and greasy, I didn’t really feel like going to the gym.

Yet once I got home, I knew I wanted to do something with no impact. Then I remembered my tight hamstrings and decided upon YOGA.

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By the way, in the right lighting, my body looks like that, too.

Haha, just kidding. He’s probably got bigger boobs than me.

So anyways, let me tell you about why you may love yoga…

Do you have a job that has you sitting at a desk for a long period of time? Do you have along commute to-and-from work? Are you a student who sits in a desk for extended periods of time while studying or during lectures? Do you sit at your desk and use the computer a lot? Do you enjoy sitting on a couch and becoming a potato?

Guess what… your hamstrings (back of thighs) are always shortened (since sitting= your hamstrings don’t get to elongate), and your shoulders will curve in. You may also start slouching, causing a rounding of your upper body.

Yoga opens everything up.

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There are many chest-openers and stretches to elongate the backside of the body. And if you’re a runner, you will looooove stretching out the hamstrings and calves.

Yoga can counteract the positions we are in all day:

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There are many variations, but I like the flowing Vinyasa ones. The one I did today was from P90X, but it was just the first 50 minutes of it (that video is 90 minutes long!!!). My thighs were still burning in some poses, and I was definitely getting my sweat on.

So if you are slowing turning into a rolled-up ball, you might want to practice some yoga to lengthen and strengthen everything!

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Do you enjoy yoga?

 

 

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