This morning, I took another yoga class at NorthPointe. I didn't have to pay an extra fee for an hour of excellent therapy. I believe an hour of yoga under a good instructor does as much good for my mental well being as an equal amount of psychotherapy could do. Actually, I think the yoga is more beneficial than any other kind of therapy.
I've had several yoga instructors at NorthPointe and they're all good. The leader last week has a great sense of humor and her own unique style. Today's instructor took us through several yoga poses, continually reminding us of the importance of conscientious breathing. She also stressed the benefits of being at peace and content with who we are, where we are and what we are doing.
Immediately after the yoga class, I took a long bike ride. Instead of focusing on speed as I normally do, the state of mind I had created in the class allowed me to pedal at a more relaxed pace and to be satisfied with this less intense workout.
As a result of just coming from the yoga instruction, I remembered to let my shoulders drop down as I cycled instead of letting them rise up and cause addition tension in my neck area. As I cycle, my back is bent forward over the handlebars and my neck is flexed up so my head is in a position in which I can see where I'm going. Today, I frequently checked how my neck was feeling and frequently made shoulder and head movements which temporarily relieved my muscles from their necessary and stressed states.
From now on, I plan to make time at least once a week to enjoy yoga. The 8:00 class on Saturday mornings is actually a perfect time for me. It gets me out of bed at 7:00 and starts my day in the very best way possible.
If you haven't already, I urge you to try yoga. I bet you'll like it. If you'd rather practice yoga on your own, there are books and videos available like those pictured above.