I asked one our regulars, Anabelle Cardoso, how a daily yoga practice has changed her life. This is what she had to say!
Winter came and I decided that running around Oxford in the dark and the cold was not a realistic exercise goal for the season, so I decided to join Yoga Quota. I figured it was conveniently located between my department and home, and, if nothing else, should at least help me increase my zen level (which was, at that point, pretty low).
My unlimited student membership meant I could go every day, and obviously to get my money’s worth I did just that, and ended up getting so much more. Let me preface this by saying that I didn’t start my yoga journey a flexible, ohm-ing, lotus-ing, kinda gal; but rather a slightly hesitant, uncoordinated, weak-armed marshmallow with questionable core strength. However my first week at Yoga Quota saw me Namaste-ing with the best of them, all of a sudden really feeling that light-in-me-recognises-the-light-in-you vibe.
Since I started doing yoga every day (okay, trying to yoga every day), I can honestly say that while I am still not the toned, flexible, strong, goddess-like creature one might aspire to, I am stronger than I was, I found my core strength (some of it), and last week I felt my tricep (truly revolutionary). But actually one of the best parts of regular yoga has been the wonderful light(er)ness it’s brought to my mental state.
Spending an hour every day focusing on your body (and how difficult it is to keep all your muscles where they should be) and not on everything else is really, really nice, and you feel so much better afterwards. Like, SO much better, something about endorphins or something. So from someone who started this fairly skeptically, to someone who is now super in to it, I couldn’t recommend it more strongly. You definitely won’t feel any worse, that’s for sure, the only way is up. Plus, triceps are pretty sweet.
- Anabelle Cardoso