May You Bloom and Grow…..Forever – Guest Post by Lauralaine Thiers

 

Through this class I have gained skills that I will carry on with me long after I leave Cape Fear. I think I’ve learned a lot about my physical capabilities like balance and strength as well as opening my mind and exploring things like patience and compassion. I believe I’ve grown since beginning this class in that I notice myself more often being mindful of my words and actions and how they affect others as well as being mindful of my place in the universe and continuously trying to only put out good energy and good karma. I’ve learned that yoga goes beyond stretching and posing on a mat. Yoga is a way of life and practicing yoga only paves the way to manifest a more peaceful lifestyle. 

I plan to continue to practice yoga on my own in a self-taught manor and push my boundaries as I explore new poses and meditations. Hand-in-hand with yoga, I have found meditating incredibly useful especially in stressful times to collect myself and stay grounded. A combination of continuous yoga practice and meditation will only continue to move me closer to true enlightenment, the ultimate goal. Although at the moment I have no set destination, yoga has proved to be a practice that has rightfully gained a spot in my life indefinitely. I plan on utilizing yoga as I do now, and hope to blossom through practice just as I hope to blossom as an individual.

 

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What Was, Is Again – Guest Post

I especially identify with students who are coming to yoga for the first time in their twenties. That’s when I was first exposed to it. I wasn’t the kid whose parents did yoga or who did it through gymnastics or dance. It’s something that I needed back then, but didn’t know a thing about. I like when students who have had it once can find their way back onto the yoga path….

At the beginning of the semester, I was kind of skeptical about taking a yoga course. It wasn’t needed for any credentials, but I had taken yoga classes years ago out of high school, and remembered just how therapeutic they could be. The difference now of course, is about 50 lbs and 17 years!

That being said, I am so glad I went through with this class. It has helped me focus on my breathing, which is huge because I am an asthmatic. This class has helped me to be able to relax to the point of meditation, which was really surprising to me. It didn’t come right away, but I got there. I’m thankful that Mrs. P is so patient with us, because one of the fears that I had going in was that the pacing would be too fast, but that wasn’t the case. I was able to keep up and I actually learned about myself in the process. I surprised myself at how flexible (and NOT flexible) I actually was.

Being encouraged to do yoga, at least a few moments a day, has had a positive impact on me. I find myself taking opportunities to do more stretches throughout the day and since we also covered different breathing techniques, I’ve learned how deal with stress a little better as well.

All in all I enjoyed my time in this class, and I have definitely been given tools that I will continue to practice. Thanks for a great experience!

 

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What is Yoga? – Guest Post

I truly never know what a student will write about when I give them the opportunity to reflect on a semester of yoga. Sometimes they tell about how little they connected with the practice of yoga. Other times they tell about how much they get out of it. It’s really only discovered when one delves deeply into their own honesty about what the practice really means….

Taking yoga for the first time, I was not sure what to expect at first because I have no experience in yoga. Ever since I was a little kid, I always had a general idea of what yoga was supposed to look like, and whenever I tried learning yoga, it never worked out in the end. In all honesty, I thought yoga would be a lot easier than having to take walking for fitness or health class. I assumed yoga would be less work to do, but I was wrong. To my surprise, yoga is very challenging. It takes hard work to learn, especially for me, because you must put a lot of physical and mental energy into recreating all the different types of yoga poses.

During this semester, I have learned that yoga is physical but mental as well. Also, when practicing yoga, you must remember that your mind and body must stay connected with the movements to keep yourself balanced. In taking this course, I have grown a lot more physically and mentally by trying my best to learn the yoga poses and getting myself out of my comfort zone. After this class is over, I intend to use yoga by teaching my close friends and family at home. I plan to keep yoga alive by regular attending yoga classes around the Wilmington area. Overall, I had an enjoyable experience while taking this course. I want to say a big thanks to Mrs. P. for being a yoga instructor at Cape Fear and for being able to teach us life lessons through this enjoyable experience. Thanks to her, I have learned lots of new things in this class, and I hope to continue practicing yoga.

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