Yoga & Meditation Workshop
The MHWTC hosted a yoga and meditation workshop. I have to admit neither of these are things I enjoyed in the past. My mind was always racing and I was constantly staring at the clock. I don't think I was ever able to stay in the moment and relax. This time it was different. One of our members, Laura, owns Fitness Yoga. She gave me a new outlook on yoga and meditation. During the meditation part of the session I was amazed at how calm I felt. Not once did I think about the emails I had waiting for me when I got home or the lesson plans I needed to finish. Laura recommended signing up for a Oprah & Deepak's 21-Day Meditation Challenge. (Oprah&Deepak) I have listened to a couple of their online guided meditation sessions before going to bed, and I really notice a difference in how I sleep and my stress level.
The yoga session was just as beneficial. I learned some great new stretches and was reminded how challenging some of the popular poses are. Like a lot of runners I have very tight hamstrings, so I know I would really benefit from incorporating yoga into my exercise plan. Besides improving flexibility, strength, and balance yoga has also proven to be effective in helping people deal with anxiety and depression.