Taking a Yoga class this spring semester has been incredibly enlightening partially because I have an amazing teacher, Therese Arno. This is her first semester teaching here at Syracuse University and thus far she has been so amazing and helpful. One of the things she focuses on is to help students develop their own daily yoga practice. From taking her class I have felt so much happier and at peace with myself. It is incredibly relaxing to practice yoga and meditate for an hour. For that whole hour you forget about the ridiculous amount of stress due to school and work and just focus on yourself.
While taking this class is incredibly relaxing it’s much more than that. Yoga is a whole movement; it’s not just a rigorous workout. While it can be a workout, it is also about connecting both body and mind and feeling at peace with your-self. It sounds a lot easier than what it actually is. Learning to meditate was difficult because your mind can be so easily distracted. Therese Arno always tells us to try and turn off our minds for five to ten minutes and just let your mind and body relax by focusing on your breathing. It takes a lot of practice to do this!
I suggest for everyone, if you have the time, to take a yoga class here in Syracuse at either O Yoga Studio or Lotus Life. They are both in downtown Syracuse and they have amazing teachers that help guide you. If you’re on a budget try and do the Free Yoga classes here at SU in Archbold Gymnasium these classes give you a feel for Yoga. Try and experiment with the different kinds of practices of Yoga like Vinyasa Yoga, which is a practice of flow and constant movement between poses. There are also other kinds of Yoga like Hot Yoga, which is when you practice Yoga in a room with the temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The point here is to try something new, you might end up falling in love with Yoga the same way I did. Once you really get into Yoga you find out it’s not only just a workout but also a way of life.