I have always been an athletic person, but as I have gotten older (36), I have also gotten lazier. I don't run five miles a day, I don't rollerblade very often, in fact, I don't even walk on a regular basis. I was looking for something new, and I decided to try yoga.
After the first two classes I felt more relaxed. I was really looking forward to my third class, because by this time, I could tell the difference. My legs and hips felt much better. They were more open, not as tight. I noticed that my thighs and waist were more toned and I think my metabolism was even increased. This was GREAT!
I decided to go to as many classes as I could fit into my schedule, and have now been to a total of fifteen classes in a few short weeks. I feel so much better. My neck feels better than it has in five years. (I go to a chiropractor on a regular basis.) I am so much more relaxed. It is hard to explain the relaxation effect but I feel like I do when I am on vacation -- I walk slower, I am calmer, traffic doesn't bother me, etc. It is really incredible.
My muscles feel stronger, I am more flexible, my posture is better, my back and shoulders are not knotted and tight all the time. I feel like I am enjoying the present more because I am more relaxed and physically comfortable. The difference is really amazing, and I am thrilled at the result that I see and feel.
I highly recommend yoga -- its a terrific combination of exercise and relaxation/stress reduction. It will also help you get in touch with yourself and enjoy life even more." ~Margaret Ragland