Lessons Learned from a High School Intern’s Yoga Experience

Yesterday, I attended a yoga class at Back Bay Yoga with my boss, Doreen Hing, and another intern. It was my second time attending a yoga class. Earlier this year, my dad talked me into going to a Bikram Yoga class, and I didn’t know what to expect. Leaving that day, I told myself I would never do that again. So, when I was told a few days ago that I was going to a yoga class, I have to admit I was a bit nervous and anxious. Doreen gave me a few tips before the class, which eased my nerves. Going into the class, I convinced myself to be positive and keep an open mind, and I did just that!

The class was an interesting experience for me. I have to admit it was pretty tough for a beginner, but nevertheless I tried to keep up and do the best I could. One of the focuses of the class was handstand preparation. I never expected that. It took a lot of strength, balance, and complete determination. I have to say, looking around the room during that time was a sight to see. People were at all different levels, and some people even fell over because they were determined to do it. Talk about commitment! Overall, it was an intense class, but I got through it. A plus was that I got to use a Shag mat made by Plank, and it definitely helped me especially with my hand placements during some of the poses, including downward dog and plank.

Yoga taught me a lot, even though I have only had two experiences with yoga. I learned that yoga can help me in my daily life. Most importantly for me, it helps me walk in my heels. I keep my shoulders back and relaxed, it helps my balance, and I have a better posture. I can imagine how much more yoga can affect me if I continue taking classes and improving my skills.

Yoga requires building on skills each time, so who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to do a handstand! But I have a ways to go, and I’m excited to continue my yoga experience and embody the yoga lifestyle.

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