June 21, 2011 By Lauren and Tom
I have a complete, 100 percent, love- hate relationship with yoga. I decided I wanted to give yoga a try for my “post college workout”. I was burnt out on cycling; I hadn’t been running for two years so yoga was going to be my thing. Well, yoga lasted for about five classes until I was bored and sick of it. Over the next four years I would randomly pull out my yoga mat to do one of the numerous yoga videos I owned. But trying to get into the peaceful flow of yoga wasn’t really working when I spent more time trying to get my dogs out of the middle of my mat than I actually spent in downward dog.
Well, fast forward to post Crash. Yoga was recommended to both Tom and me for various reasons.  We had been told by one of our friends that we had to try Coach C’s yoga class because it was the best and she even drives all the way down from the North side because it’s that good. We thought about it and figured if it could help let’s give it a try. That first class was eye opening; I don’t think I’ve ever felt so red, tired, hot, sore, and stupid but yet so amazing after the hour and thirty minutes.  We both left dazed but had a slight smile on our faces.  I quickly became hooked. Once a week I was in yoga class and after five classes I really started to see an improvement. I know I’ll never be that girl who can fully get into Turtle Pose (Google it if you’re not familiar, it’s crazy) but I just felt overall better.
I kept growing as a yogi each week. Coach C would present a new pose that looked crazy but with the mental concentration and physical strength I started to master some of the more advanced poses. The night that yoga fully clicked for me is when I got into my first headstand. I came down and Coach C was standing right there and he could see the shock/bliss/happiness on my face. I think I spent the next four months on my head…no joke. 
Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. It’s a practice that brings a mental balance to your life. It brings an overall piece and patience that only makes you a better person in your everyday responsibilities. Yoga has taught me to live in the moment. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea when this is over, or when I’m done with this project or in five years. It’s a constant reminder that no matter what is going on in your life that you want to get through, that this is your life! Today, you are currently living it!! All you can do is embrace life in this moment.
As one of my favorite people in the world reminded me in an email this past weekend, each person has to choose to be happy and can determine how “big” his/her life will be. Well, I’ve chosen “big” as in I will embrace each day with a smile and inner peace no matter how much of a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day I’ve had. Maybe life will never settle down, either way I’ll be spending more time than usual this week on my head trying to balance a few odds currently happening.
See you on the flip side,