Before I sped home tonight to indulge in my borderline-guilty pleasure, “Preachers of L.A.” (save your comments, please), I was at the gym. Last month I bought a membership to Lifetime Fitness, so for $69 a month I now have 24/7 access to the swimming pool, all of the fitness classes (with the exception of Pilates), workout equipment, saunas and basketball courts!
I have yet to indulge in any of the things I just mentioned above.
My all-access, $69 gym membership is actually just used for attending a series of one-hour yoga classes two to three days a week….and also for occasionally checking out the guys playing basketball next door to the yoga studio (just kidding…a little).
It may sound crazy to you, but to me it’s worth it. Mainly because I have a tendency to let situations that are completely out of my control stress me out and turn me into a crazy person, which is frightening. So my outlets for this include prayer, reading, writing and yoga.
Most people instantly assume you have to be on some bizarre, double-jointed flexible type stuff to do yoga. Although my slim figure, funky hipster vibe and cool yoga mat might lead one to believe that I’m a human pretzel, this is actually very misleading. I can barely sit Indian style. I’m serious.
But I love doing yoga because it helps me release mentally and physically. I can take literally every ounce of tension in my mind and body and let it all out by just breathing. And that’s honestly all yoga is — letting go and breathing. As simple as that sounds, I’m still learning how to apply this concept to real-life situations, so bear with me.
In the meantime, I’ll just keep utilizing all my outlets — including paying $69 a month — to help me get it together.