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Written by Ana April 10, 2013
I am a firm believer in the idea that it is never too late to do or try something new. Case in point: today I took my first yoga class.The RPAC now offers free fitness classes to all students. This is super cool to me, because when I was a freshman, you had to pay like $50 a month to go to fitness classes (hence, I did not go to any). Now, they’re free, and they’re offered every day, from reeeeally early in the morning to around 9 pm. You can do yoga, pilates, cycling, circuits, aerobics, swimming, Zumba, dance, cross training, and tons of other stuff I’ve never even heard of. You can find the fitness class schedule here.
So I got up bright and early this morning for hatha yoga at 7:15. The class focuses on deep breathing, mind-body awareness, relaxation, muscle lengthening, tension release, balance, and flexibility–but that doesn’t mean you don’t break a sweat!
I had never taken a yoga class before, but I’m glad I started with this one (the RPAC offers four kinds). It was very calm, relaxing, and non-competitive. I am extremely competitive, so when I work out, I generally do solo activities like running and weight-lifting because if I’m in a group setting, I go into competition mode, which can get exhausting and is totally missing the point of the workout. I tried really really hard not to do that here. Also, it’s hard to be competitive when your eyes are supposed to be closed and you’re supposed to be focusing on your breathing. So there’s that.
It was an overall awesome experience, and the rest of the day has felt much less rushed and stressful. I’m looking forward to going to another class, and trying out the different kinds of yoga the RPAC offers.
Even if yoga isn’t your thing, there are tons of other fitness classes you can take, and you have nothing to lose–they’re free, after all!
Author, fitness, Stress Relief, Student Life
I adore the RPAC yoga classes! So happy I decided to try them last semester.
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