Although this is the last column I will write this year, I am choosing not to focus on saying goodbye by reflecting on my time in high school, or my time with this publication. Instead, I want to talk about my new, unlikely hobby, that, to me, symbolizes the slow, positive progression of moving forward.

Exercising is not something I have ever done for enjoyment. In fact, in the past I have hated exercising and all the inconveniences that come along with it. I hate sweating, pushing myself, and having a sore body. Most of all, I hate workout clothes and running shoes; there’s just nothing cute about neon colors and spandex material to me.

With that being said, you may be shocked to find out that my new hobby is yoga. When I attended my first power yoga class a few weeks ago, I had no idea what to expect, but I ended up loving it. Here are a few values that I took away from my first yoga experience that I see as important principles for me to live by:

  1. Relax. Although the class was pretty fast-paced, the instructor would constantly reassure everyone that we’ve been in this pose before, and that we could hold our stances for just a few more seconds. I prefer this method of guiding to that of an in-your-face trainer or coach. Let me take my time, and I’ll get there with practice.
  2. Be accepting. I didn’t feel out of place when I stepped into the yoga studio for the first time. Other, more experienced yogis never judged my weak, wobbly arms and inability to keep up with the teacher at times. I was new, and that was okay. Everyone starts somewhere.
  3. Take care of yourself. Whether it be through physical workout or doing something fulfilling that improves your mental state of mind, always practice promoting wellness, and you will be well.


Noelle Roys