I used to go to yoga once or twice a week but it has never been a lifestyle for me. I love yoga and I want to take a moment to pay respect to its ability to strengthen, lengthen, and enhance a body’s aesthetic and function.
I just always felt like I needed something else.
For a long time it was Zumba and/or running, but now it is CrossFit at what I feel is the best, most well-rounded CrossFit gym in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, or perhaps in the entire Florida panhandle for that matter.
I’ve wanted to add a yoga practice into my routine for quite some time, but hadn’t made time until today. I went to yoga with a friend last fall and it was wonderful, but I was shaky and didn’t feel like I was engaging my body properly despite the fact that I had done yoga in the past. I know it’s because I was weak, but there has always been a slight disconnect between my body and yoga. I think my dance background has something to do with it, I’ve previously tried to infuse yoga and dance, which I’m sure has a place somewhere, but my body never connected with it like I felt it should have.
When I got to yoga today, we were instructed to choose a word for our practice that day and the first word that popped into mind was “Strong”, so that’s what my practice was named. And strong, I was.
Today I could feel some of the foundational movements from CrossFit enhancing my yoga practice.
- I was more well-rooted into the floor.
- I felt my spine was in a correct position instead of arched like a ballerina standing in first position.
- I held a plank and then lowered my entire body to the floor in a parallel line without flopping.
- I felt as though I was in control from movement to movement instead of struggling from pose to pose.
- Breathing through poses came more naturally.
- I felt so much more strong and was not shaky at all.
- I felt prepared for rigor should I need the stamina during my practice.
- I had no fear going to a new studio with new people because I was confident in my body’s abilities.
CrossFit has my heart, but I’m excited to add yoga to the mix to bring the mind/body/spirit in line
And I’m proud to be able to honor my body through both CrossFit and Yoga.