I’ve never been an athlete or enjoyed going to the gym (people do?), but I’m a big fan of yoga. I remember scoffing at it myself before I tried a class, but I was hooked before too long! It’s the best thing I have found to calm my mind and work on keeping me fit.
Good teachers are vital, especially when you’re new to the practice or working on a new-to-you pose, and I am glad that I have found some great ones over the years. As far as NYC studios, my favorites are Mala Yoga in Cobble Hill (Brooklyn) and Yogamaya in Chelsea (Manhattan).
Mala featured me in their Yogi Next to You series a few years ago. Here is an excerpt from my “yoga story.”
With yoga, unlike other exercises, I felt like I was working with my body for the first time. When I understood how to do various poses, I could do them…or at least see how to work toward them. I am stronger now than I’ve ever been in my life, and that is just amazing to me. I don’t think I would have believed I could do a headstand 10 years ago, for example. And there is, of course, so much more to yoga than exercise.
Yoga is truly a “practice.” I like that there is always more to learn. I don’t like—but I am beginning to accept—that progress is not always linear.