I just always thought it was something for girls, and not for a tough teenage boy who was trying to prove himself to others. The girls’ sports teams always cross trained by doing yoga, and the boys’ teams cross trained by lifting. That’s how it had been and that’s how it would always be. To be caught by a teammate doing anything considered weak would instantly drop your rank on the team. So naturally I avoided it like the plague and developed a predisposed hatred for it. I did not care if I was flexible or not; I was not a gymnast or anything like that, so why would I need to do yoga or deep stretching?
But then I began to realize that the whole “I’m not flexible” thing wasn’t such a good thing. I used to think, “well hey, no one else on the team is able to touch theirs toes, so why should I?” I would look at myself as part of the team, and not individually as a single player. It was not until I came to Colby and stopped playing sports that I finally began to view myself as a single player. I took a look at my body and realized how poorly I had been treating it. My diet was pretty poor and my flexibility was horrendous. I was able to easily change my diet, but I still did not want to do yoga or work on my flexibility. Sure, I knew I was not flexible, and sure, I knew how to fix it. But the mentality was still stuck in me, the mentality to avoid yoga because others viewed it as weak. So I went through all of freshmen year keeping fit and knowing how inflexible I was, but not wanting to fix it.
It wasn’t until finally taking the fitness test for this class and persuasion by my girlfriend to finally break the mentality and years of abuse and finally try a yoga workout. I did the first one in the security of my bedroom, and thankfully I did. Although it was a beginner workout, I think about half the time I was either laying on my stomach or holding the position completely wrong. If someone had been watching they would be hard-pressed to call what I was doing yoga. Finally after struggling and falling during many positions, I finished the 40 minute workout. I didn’t feel any different immediately, but it wasn’t until I got out of the shower did it finally hit me how great I felt. My body felt completely rejuvenated and renewed. For the rest of the day I felt amazing and my muscles had never felt any better. I have since continued doing yoga everyday to renew the sensation. Also I completely take back anything and everything I have ever said against yoga. It is quite possibly the best workout I have ever done, and would recommend it to anyone!