On Friday April 13th, I celebrated my one year anniversary at my yoga studio (which happens to also be my favorite place on earth.)
In the true fashion of this blog, which I use mainly to keep track of the things I am doing with my freedom as I slowly enter the adult world, this post is mostly going to serve as a short reminder that it’s super important to find things outside of work or school that take time, attention, and focus.
I was not new to practicing yoga when I started at Soho a year ago. I had done some yoga, with minimal consistency, since I was a kid. I’d grown up going to random classes with my mom, or trying to practice with the help of Youtube videos in my bedroom. I always found yoga to be very calming, but without the framework of a studio, I never consistently practiced for more than a few months at a time.
Fast forward to January 2017, when I started my first big girl job, and the entire focus of my every waking moment was work. During my first four months on the job, my severe anxiety began to take a toll on my body and I was feeling completely physically and mentally drained. I wasn’t working out, I wasn’t eating enough, and I was drinking way too much. Once busy season came to a close, I decided I had to make a change, mostly for my own sanity. I did my research, and decided that a yoga studio that was a short walk from my office would be a great place to start getting my life back on track.
Over the past year, I have learned so much about myself and my health. After a year of practicing anywhere from 3-6 times a week, I am more curious, more grounded, and most importantly, more patient, which is something I struggle with immensely. I have completely fallen in love with the way I feel after taking a yoga class, because I feel so capable of leaving every negative feeling out on my mat, which makes me feel so completely free.
If you are struggling to find passion and compassion (for yourself and/or for others) in your daily routine, I would absolutely recommend taking any sort of class. Yoga, spin, barre, HIIT, pilates, meditation, literally ANYTHING is worth trying at least once. I know it has been said a million times, but the power of a good sweat, deep breaths, and some patience is not to be underestimated.
Much love to my amazing studio and the wonderful community there. I have never spent a bad hour in DTLA’s little piece of heaven. Thanks for helping me fall in love with my practice and myself more and more each day.