Top Three Simple Reasons I Can’t Miss Yoga Class.

Via on Feb 26, 2011

A lot of women and men love yoga, initially at least, for the scene or the weight loss or the calm it provides in the midst of a busy day.

I hate yoga: it’s soooo hard, it kicks my butt, it takes an hour or two out of my already-busy day.

But I keep coming back, if only once a week for a noon-time class, ’cause I love it even more.

Here’s why:

1. My mind: my mind tends to get…mindless by the middle of the day, when I typically go to The Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, and practice with my favorite teacher ever, Billy Goldman (I also love Mary Taylor (who’s been instrumental in supporting me and elephant through the years—we wouldn’t still be here without her support, writing, eco-inspiration), Richard Freeman (who would be my favorite ever only he travels constantly and his classes are super-packed), Alison Litchfield, Jeanie Manchester, all of whom have taught me from time to time over the years since I took my first class in 2002). I grew up in the Buddhist tradition, and we would call yoga, if practiced from this point of view, a meditation in action or moving meditation practice. The great thing about yoga is you can just do it—breathe, move…and it takes care of itself. After 20 minutes at worst I’m present and accounted for, and ready to work better, more efficiently, and more productively and peacefully and happily for the rest of the day.

My body. I work on my computer a lot, and my shoulders, neck and back would probably be costing me thousands of dollars a year in physical therapy, bodywork, god knows what. But thanks to yoga and the proper, subtle alignment the Workshop teaches, I’m fine, thank you (not all studios focus on alignment so much—beware, just ’cause you’re in a yoga studio doing yoga doesn’t mean it’s yoga, or good for you), and ready to keep on working.

My heart: yoga has a powerful way of grabbing my closed up, stressed out self, breaking my solidity and held places down and opening me up to breath and life and feeling young again. I swear to god it keeps us young.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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11 Responses to “Top Three Simple Reasons I Can’t Miss Yoga Class.”

  1. Those are pretty convincing reasons, Waylon.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  2. Colin Wiseman Colin Wiseman says:

    I have been working with computers for 28 years, since my dad bought me a Commodore 64. I have spent countless hours playing games and now building certain loved blogs. I found yoga two years ago, and since then it has been proven I have been hurt by my lifestyle. And yes to get someone to fix it, would take months if not years.

    Proof : yesterday I was in a 3 hour workshop with Anthea Simpson in Glasgow (http://iheartmyyogi.com/teachers/anthea-simpson/) and seriously she was already fix things I thought would take so much longer. It was as simple as putting a block in the middle icky back and breathing deep and long. My shoulders moved and almost touched the ground! At the end of the class they were doing more movement than they have in years. Ok I also put this down to the fact am now doing three yoga classes a week, not just the workshop alone (but it did really push it many steps forward).

    Costs £100 for 3 classes a week for 8 weeks, time about 6hrs a week, plus my home practice say 10 hours a week. Go see a chiro, physio, osteopath, other health professional, and you are talking £240 per week to get probably the same effects…I know what I will choose.

  3. You are SO lucky to be near Richard and Mary, I can completely relate, loved the article!

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  7. Anthea says:

    Hi Colin! This is wonderful to read. I haven't seen or heard from you in a long time, it would be great to have you back at classes soon. I have started a regular Yoga and Meditation Immersion every 4th Thursday of the month, its a great success, and I love it being 2 hours in duration. Sooooo good. Keep well, and see you soon. Best Wishes Anthea

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