One initiative of the Wellness Learning Community that I’ve helped resurrected at SLU Med is a monthly newsletter. It shares upcoming wellness events, some healthy recipes, some research related to wellness and an interview with a classmate.
This month’s newsletter featured an interview with yours truly about yoga, since I’m apparently known as the class’s resident yogi. My friend Roy sent me a list of questions (including some about whether or not I only do yoga for the spandex) and turned it into this hilarious write up. I love how it turned out — a mix of my true love of yoga with some witty punch lines. I especially love the poem at the end. Enjoy!!
Chillin’ With my Yogi
An Interview with Clare Brady
What’s up with Yoga? From the looks of things, the recipe might be simple: One part light-stretching, two parts Enya, a couple of instagram hashtags, some granola, and a boxed water added for good measure. Did I nail it? Not according to our Master Yogi, Clare Brady. The blogging queen explains why she now incorporates regular yoga sessions into her weekly fitness routine.
The greatest benefits Clare finds from participating in Yoga regularly?
“Stress relief, community, body positivity, strength, flexibility, focus, mental calm, and FUN. “
Clare has been going to yoga consistently for about 6 years, but doesn’t follow too strict a schedule. Instead, she aims for two trips to her yoga studio a week, but otherwise plays off of what is convenient based on classes or work. From the wide array of choices for yoga type, Clare prefers vinyasa, or power yoga, because of the strength and cardiovascular aspects of the exercise. She appreciates the acquired skill of controlling her body quickly and with control through the flows and movements, noting significant improvements in the strength of her arms, legs, and core. As it relates to stress, Clare believes that yoga helps you focus more on the “now” and teaches you to better control your breathing through difficult situations.
While the benefits to regular yoga exercise may be decently publicized, the reality of the situation is that starting up can seem incredibly intimidating. When you can barely touch your toes and the girl next to you is performing an aerial full split while balancing on her head, you might feel a bit… discouraged from trying in the first place. So what’s Clare’s advice for taking that initial leap?
“Show up! Everyone has a first class and tons of people go that are incredibly inflexible – that’s why you go! Yoga studios are generally incredibly welcoming and friendly and are always happy to see new faces. Just get there a few minutes early and tell the instructor that you’re new so she can give you some special instruction if you need it. Mostly just realize that yoga is personal practice and no one is watching you or cares what you look like.
The nice thing about yoga is that if you’re not quite in the best shape yet, or if you’re just having a rough day and your body needs rest, it is TOTALLY okay to take child’s pose! Yoga is all about meeting your body where it’s at, but gently pushing it to get better. “
I think I’m sold. Sure, my body will enjoy a whole host of benefits from regular exercise and preventive measures against injury, but also because I want an excuse to wear comfortable, yet flattering pants all day. When you see me in lecture with a yoga mat in my bag, know that I’m looking down on you, and the unenlightened, nonflexible lifestyle you choose to live. So rather than missing out, take the journey with me instead.
Yoga Pants, hair-tied, in lecture with no make-up on,
Meet up at the studio, and let’s all get our basic on.