I didn’t want to do it. I was self-conscious about my body, and nervous about how I would look
By Quora Epps, LLA Student
I didn’t want to do it.
I was self-conscious about my body, and nervous about how I would look getting into all those postures. I thought all the other people would be better at it than I would. Yoga class just didn’t seem right for me.
It wasn’t until our yoga teacher, Diana Gradstein, explained to me something I never knew: Yoga is not competitive. It’s about practice. There is no finish line, only a starting point.
Now I love yoga. What I love most about yoga is it’s relaxing. It’s the one time during my day I don’t have to worry about anything else, or anyone else.
I’ve grown to appreciate yoga because I don’t have to think about stressful events I had during my day, or the problems I’m facing in life.
According to Diana, nothing else matters if it’s not on your mat.
Yoga relieves stress in a way that I’ve never experienced before because after you’re done with yoga you’re more relaxed, and you don’t feel any regret like you can when you do something less healthy.
I joined yoga not knowing how much fun it could be. It’s creative because there is really not a right or wrong way to do these stretches. Also, it’s not about how you look, which made me more comfortable with my body.
I started to love yoga so much my mom bought me a yoga mat. Now, every night I at least TRY to get some yoga done. I’ve grown to appreciate yoga because I don’t have to think about stressful events I had during my day, or the problems I’m facing in life.
I can just sit on my mat and free my mind.
The artwork accompanying this perspective is part of a culminating project for a class unit. Students selected a favorite yoga position to demonstrate, and designed a graphical overlay to share more information about the posture. Artwork by Kentaya Mack, LLA Student.