I have done yoga for the last four or five years now and it has always been my go to 'destressor.' I’ve taken classes at Luther led by students, attempted to do my own somewhat form of yoga, and here at Nottingham I’ve been taking classes from professional instructors. I can definitely say that having someone really help you and coach you through the moves is a lot easier than trying to do it on your own…. Trust me!
The thing about yoga is that it is a very good workout but you don’t realize it because you are not focused on that aspect. You train yourself to focus on your breathing and the position you are in comparison to the rest of the earth. It’s not about competing with other people. It’s about coming to an understanding about yourself and the power and limits of your body. This is why it was a little hard to just try to wing yoga on my own. It’s really hard to focus on your breathing when you’re also trying to make sure that you’re doing the right moves or that you have the right flow. This is why I’m super grateful to be able to take classes from people who really know what they’re doing.
There are two downsides to the yoga classes here in comparison to Luther however. For one, we live very far from campus, two bus rides actually, so sometimes it is kind of hard to make it all the way from the flat to campus on time. It is quite frustrating having to rely on buses to get from one place to another especially when you have something important to get to. For example, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over 60 minutes to get to campus and once last week we are literally three minutes late and couldn’t get into the class… it was very upsetting and really makes me miss the cozy size of Luther sometimes.
Another downfall is that classes are not free like at Luther. It is only two pounds per class for members and three for non-members and you get your tenth session free but it is still a cost that adds up. It is understandable because they are not just students but professionals who need to make money as it is their living but it is money out of my pocket none the less.
There are 11 classes held throughout the week taught by a few different instructors. I have taken classes from three different people and it is really great to have a variety of styles and techniques, each having their own speed and difficulty. I cannot say that I prefer one over the others because they all help me in different ways; whether this is flexibility, strength, or meditation, they all have a great impact of my physical and mental fitness.
In the end, after a long day of stressors like a bad bus ride or a big reading assignment, it doesn’t matter how much it costs or how far away from home it is, it’s worth it to have a place to go to and let it all go-- and get a workout while you’re at it.