I am Amanda Deep, an avid yoga practitioner, and fan. My love for the practice began more than 7 years ago when I was in college studying abroad in India. I found that at the end of a long day of sightseeing, learning about ancient culture, or exploring new places on my own, practicing yoga helped me to wind down and find peace both inside and out.
My favorite part about yoga is how it makes you feel after your workout- calm, refreshed, centered. Yoga also gives me more energy than any other exercise because it’s so meditative! And don’t get me started with meditation! It takes my breath away every time I sit down to do one of those sessions. Meditation has been a part of my daily ritual for years. I feel like it is a practice that not only helps me to clear my mind but also helps me to embrace the present moment and become aware of what’s going on in my own body.
My friends often laugh at me when they ask how yoga is going and I respond “I am infusing every moment with intent” haha! I think that this is a great way to describe my quest for living in the present and striving to see every moment as an opportunity to bring awareness into our lives.
I am often asked what kind of benefits I receive from the practice. As a teacher, I get up at least once or twice daily (sometimes 3) and I do not require caffeine to wake me up! That’s huge!! But honestly, the list goes on and on: increased flexibility, endurance, and strength; decreased stress and anxiety; reduced fatigue and improved mood; reduced muscle tension and headaches; better quality of sleep; increased body heat/sweating which aids in detoxification; you get the drift- it really is amazing what yoga can do for your physical, mental and spiritual health.
Finally, I want to mention that yoga is for everyone! There is no such thing as a “tight” or “loose” body when it comes to this art form. There is an immense amount of poses and variations (I think there are over 2,000) and all bodies can practice this art whether they’re young or old, flexible or stiff. So if you’re thinking about taking up the practice- DO IT!!! You won’t regret it 🙂