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Trying to be a Yogi (and we’re not talking about the bear)

Bikram Yoga Poses

I’ve dabbled in Yoga here and there over the past few years.  I started with Bikram Yoga, which is insanely hot, but after you get over the heat its actually wonderful – and a pretty intense workout of 26 poses over a 90 minute period of time.  Eventually I stopped attending because the price is outrageous.  More recently I’ve started going to The Yoga Shop in South Windsor, CT.  They still do heated yoga, but I think the temperature is more around 85-90, instead of Bikram’s 105.  Trust me, there is  HUGE difference.  Anyways, The Yoga Shop offers free yoga on Saturday evenings, which is amazing, but I’ve gotta be honest, I go for more than one reason.  Since I run and lift weights normally, I think that the yoga really helps to relax and stretch my muscles as well as give me greater flexibility, but that’s the smaller of the two reasons I love yoga.  The bigger reason is the entertainment value of going.  Some of the people in class really are something.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going there to fool around and giggle, but a gal can only “OMmmmmmm” for so long before it takes a toll on her! This last class especially was quite comical.  It seemed like after each pose there was a huge sigh of relief from all the people in the class, and I don’t really get why.  It’s just yoga, it’s not like you’re holding a 110lb bar bell above your head…you’re just holding your own body weight for crying out loud!

Another interesting factoid that I did not know.  I recently heard from a friend of mine that technically the catholic faith is 100% against yoga because you are actually worshiping another God and therefore, opening yourself up to the devil.   Don’t believe me?  Check out what Father Gabriel Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist has to say HERE.  Althought I wouldn’t take what he says too seriously because he’s also totally against Harry Potter.  Personally, I don’t really believe or agree with this.  To me, it’s just a workout.  I mean, maybe if I was in a Hindu temple, oh and actually knew what I was doing, things would be different, but I’m just standing there in Reverse Warrior, trying not to fall over.


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