Related: 40x40 List
Date completed: Monday, August 24, 2015
"Do you practice yoga?" is a question I'm asked quite regularly. Typically this is asked of me when I share that I have trouble sleeping and historically have suffered from both migraines and back pain. Once I was asked because of my posture which was a nice if not random compliment.
It had been a few years since my last yoga class so adding it to my 40x40 list was a way for me to try to get back into it. I have never been a regular yoga participant but a recent experience has sold me on the idea.
To complete this 40x40 item, My neighbor and friend Kate Cimino and I went to a Gentle Vinyasa class taught by Angela Vincent at taraNa Yoga Studio at 3757 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis. Kate was a great yoga buddy because she helped me feel comfortable at the new-to-me studio and made sure I had everything I needed for class. She gave me great tips and encouraged me to let the instructor know if I had questions or concerns. On top of that, Angela was a great teacher and the studio was peaceful despite being on a relatively busy street. The class itself was just the right pace for me.
Since taking this class, yoga's many benefits were at the forefront of my mind when I was having back pain thanks to spending a lot of time in a car. I went to Kundalini Yoga with my co-worker Sara at the University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center where I am a member. Just an hour of stretching and deep breathing in the class gave me a great deal of pain relief. It is clear my body and mind would be well served by regular yoga practice. Thankfully, I have 19 class options every week at the University. Also, I see advertisements for free or donation based yoga classes all over Minneapolis so I'm hoping to make it a habit to attend more classes close to home with Kate.
The Nivens Family