Let’s do this! It’s just the thing we need to pull out of this quarantine funk!
15 days of Yoga and meditation! So here is how it works, each day take a class or spend some good quality time in meditation. You can join us for the live classes offered via Zoom. You can take class on your schedule through YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and leave us a comment on your favorite class! Download our rewards chart and keep track of your progress at home. Please share with us, selfies, charts, your home yoga set up, or your favorite meditation spot. We want to share this experience together. Thats why we are calling it the Apart yet Together Challenge. Tag us on social media #hywbayport #hywsetauket and we will put your name in for a drawing. Every hash tag counts! Ready Set.. LETS DO THIS!
Turning to yoga for me was initially due to a running injury that prevented me from running and working out at the gym. I was a marathon runner for years. As the miles and hours tallied up on my joints, I experienced many injuries. My breaking point was a few years ago when I fell training for the NYC marathon at mile 17. The damaged it did to my knee and foot is unrepairable without surgery. I tried different things to supplement my desire to run. I was defined by my running and didn’t know who I was other then a runner. When I found Hot Yoga it had the same effect as running did for me mentally. The 105° temperature with holding poses for 30-60 seconds gave my body the challenge it longed for. Not knowing, at that time, that this yoga would heal my body, mind and soul. Not only was I depressed about not being able to run, I was also drinking more than ever. Wine was my comfort, so I thought. After my first class, everything changed. I was hooked straight away going 1-2 times a week and six months later I stepped it up to 3x’s a week. Within a year I was going 4-5x’s weekly. I didn’t see the change at first. My family and friends noticed the difference in me. They noted that I was happier, friendlier and more open and compassionate. As a result, my relationship with my husband was much better, too. We used to argue over stupid things but that all stopped. I stopped drinking and my body was feeling better. My self love improved 100%. Finding self love was perhaps my greatest achievement. I had tried for years to do it but found it impossible. Yoga helped me because running and drinking were just a manifestation of my desire for happiness. As I became more happy and contented, I realized that I didn’t need these substances any more. To be the healthiest version of myself I just needed my mat and to turn inward. Back to my knee and foot injuries, they feel much better and I am able to post pone surgery maybe never need it. The heat along with movement has healed many parts of my body. I still have arthritis in my knees which won’t go away, but it’s manageable with hot yoga.
Yoga saved me on many levels.
Especially right now during this pandemic. Yes I was upset, depressed, and angry , among many emotions when the world closed. I turned to my mat and the help of my yoga instructors to turn this situation around. Daily sessions with my mat, made waking up worth it. I feel grateful that I can breath, move my body, spend time with my son (which is worth more than life) and love my home. Yoga is a life long journey. Once you start you can’t stop growing.
How do I explain the magic of Ms Gigi… she teaches Kids, Yin and Warm Gentle Yoga classes. But her magic is in her genuine desire to help, her larger then life heart and smile to match. She has an eclectic selection in her playlists and uplifting inspiring reading to accompany you through the toughest of long held Yin poses. See for yourself… this is why we love Ms Gigi!
These days are not easy. We are all a little stressed out… okay maybe more than a little. Just a simple breathing exercise can help you feel more grounded and secure. Try this Dirga Pranayama (fancy sanskrit word for breathing exercise) with Toniann. 5 mins will leave you feeling a little less stressed…. okay maybe more than a little 😉