For this Spirituality & Health class I am taking at the seminary, we are encouraged to create a Health Plan, where we evaluate our life practices when it comes to spiritual, emotional, and physical health. In order to do so, I decided to first chronicle my weekly holistic health experiences on my log and go from there.
Each Monday, my week begins with studying, two hours of class, three hours of work at the writing center, a quick dinner, followed by the 8pm yoga class that I teach at the seminary gym. And this is my favorite part of my day. I lead a group of 10-15 people through stretches that pump up their heart rates and locate muscles they didn’t know they had.
I began attending yoga last year at the seminary, and I wondered if it would be challenging enough for my gymnast roots. It turns out the aerobic aspect of yoga is stringing together the poses in a seamless, deep-breathing chain, and it’s really challenging. It’s fun to introduce others to a discipline which I enjoy so much and one that truly combines stretching body, mind, and spirit. By the way, if you’re just getting started, check out the Sara Ivanhoe’s dvd series–each is just 20 minutes but has a variety of poses that have just the right amount of challenge in them.