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My Very First "Om"

Blog by Meghan  [Invoke student, New to yoga & pilates]

A couple of years ago, I made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, and I’ve slowly changed my routine to live more mindfully. I was inspired by friends who found fulfillment with yoga and pilates and I wanted to get involved. I signed up for Invoke’s Intro to Yoga Workshop to learn about proper technique after taking some community classes. Marjan explained the importance of breath and alignment and she showed us how to practice with purpose, instead of simply going through the motions.

Now that I’ve learned the basics, yoga has become comforting, inspiring and exhilarating all at the same time. Tonight in the Anusara class I experienced my very first “om” with Ahna and even did a handstand (with help, of course!). The fact that I was comfortable enough to chant with a new group of people and then trust them to safely flip me upside down is incredible. Those last quiet moments during savasana were especially meaningful to me since I pushed past my fear of the unknown.

Throughout my journey I’ve discovered that there isn’t a cookie-cutter solution to a healthy mind and body. I only know what has worked for me, and I’ve found that success requires a balance of both physical and mental commitment, and being open to trying new things along the way. I’m grateful for the people at Invoke who have encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and I look forward to new experiences in the studio!

-Meghan


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Finding the Joy in My Journey

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Blog by Stephanie [Loves Yoga, Invoke student, Practicing yoga & pilates 18 mos, Freelance Marketer]

I went to last night’s heated yoga class at Invoke Yoga & Pilates Studio taught by Eric Bryant. I love his classes because he has a way of breaking down and dissecting each position and even dissecting the transition to each position. I learn every time he teaches. His calm and continual instruction keeps me mindful and my mind quiet so I can make room for being present – at least for the hour and fifteen minutes before I rejoin the real world.

Eric’s class was all about transition. This really resonated for me. It’s what I have been struggling with the past five years. He shared a personal story about how transition can be uncomfortable and difficult. But it’s necessary. I thought about my life and my almost five years here in Indianapolis, and how life has taken me here and how a continual unsettling and uncomfortable feeling haunts me that I am “in transition”. Break ups, a divorce, moving across the country, new jobs, lost jobs…I feel like I’m in a constant state of flux searching desperately for my destination so I can finally settle in and be comfortable…and just be.

But what if I shift my point of view to believe that the transition is every bit as important as the destination? As Eric said, the transitioning from each pose is every bit as important as the pose itself. Maybe I’m just in a really long transition between poses. Or maybe, life is just a series of transitions with no real destination…because eventually the destination will change, and you’re back again in transition.

Looking at life as yoga, I could find more joy in my journey and embrace my transition between life’s poses.

-Stephanie