Two Sisters’ Journey into Yoga.
I am 53 years old. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt. And let me not forget—a student.
After 25 plus years in a management position, I altered my course, deciding it was time to “get that degree.” In 2005 I enrolled in some classes at Middlesex Community College, graduated in 2008 and I am now pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Salem State College. I work part time at Winchester Hospital and I watch my grandson one day a week.
So now you can see why I am writing about yoga. I need yoga! My mentor and sister, Maureen, is 50 years old; she has been practicing/teaching yoga for over ten years and in 2005 opened a yoga studio.
It is never too late to start something new!
A few months ago while having lunch together, we fell into a discussion on the topic of our shared enthusiasm for writing. It was at that moment in time that we decided we would work together to explore and grow this passion. We meet weekly to discuss our home writing work shop, our dream of a book in the future, and of course to be promoted by Oprah. During one of our meetings it was decided that we could get interested readers and critics by creating a blog. The subject once again was an easy choice: yoga, another common interest.
Yoga by definition is one thing: union, a balance of living. Yoga is exercise. Yoga is a frame of mind. Because there are many styles of yoga, you can create a practice based on your personal desires and what you wish to achieve. In other words, you can make it as easy as it needs to be that day or a rigorous physical workout.
The reason I began to practice yoga was to help me relax and regain control of my life. I had heard that practicing yoga can help to make us more aware, listening to our bodies, while trusting our intuition and finding mental balance. Couple that with the facts that yoga also increases energy and improves mood, while relieving stress and tension. I thought, Sign me up!
I am sure my fellow students are willing to agree that any help we can get with balancing the many daily commitments that come along with our college studies, while maintaining our personal relationships and jobs, is most welcomed. Yoga is both convenient and affordable. You can practice yoga at a gym, studio or in the comfort of your own home—all you need is comfy clothes and a mat. Now that is affordable! And as an FYI….most studios will offer free passes for you to try it out, and saving $$ is always a good thing.
Our blog page will follow our journey living yoga on & off the mat. Being new to yoga, I have been at times uncertain about what to expect. Maureen is sharing her knowledge of yoga with me and our readers get to benefit from her informative postings.
This summer we will travel to different yoga studios around the New England area and post entries about our experiences. Our blog is intended to be an open and honest discussion, documenting our thoughts and feelings during the process.
We want readers to recognize it is never too late to start something new and we want women of all ages to support one another as we encounter challenges in life. Our hope is to create enough of an interest among our readers that a few will follow and reap some of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
Visit our blog or website and please feel free to comment. Better yet, ask “Dear Sisters” any questions and we will do our best to get you the answers.
Aside from family commitments and the joy of spending quality time with her grandson Connor, Sharon is dedicated to the following goals: enhancing her writing skills as she prepares to write a book, developing her yoga practice, and finishing her college degree. Sharon’s long term goals include preserving balance in her daily life, maintaining a healthy mind-body-spirit, and living a fulfilled life.
To learn more about Sharon and her passions, visit her website.