Local Yoga: The Zen of Kickboxing
Although yoga is a major part of my life, there is nothing like a good cardio workout. Every so often I explore a new type of cardiovascular exercise, and as I dove in to my latest cardio adventure, I wondered when my love for cardio began. A trip down memory lane led me back to high school, when the seeds of a physically fit lifestyle were first planted.
I recalled that as a teen I had a hearty appetite and loved food of all kinds. Like many teens, I enjoyed lounging around eating junk food. In fact, one of my favorite pastimes included digging into an entire chocolate cake while playing video games. It was glorious! Gradually those lifestyle choices took a toll on my girlish figure, and I gained a ton of weight. To my rescue, my father introduced a structured, healthy eating plan based on height and age. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled me at a reputable taekwondo studio, and I began taking several classes per week. One year later I was 25 pounds lighter.
In my teenage years, the groundwork and foundation for a health-conscious lifestyle was built. I believe that when we introduce ideals to our children with a joyous heart, it can have a positive impact on them for life. Establishing healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine as a teenager was paramount in helping me remain physically fit as an adult.
Which brings me to my latest cardio adventure, American kickboxing. Of course at this point in my life journey I explore everything from a yogic perspective. I breathe deeply as I wrap my hands and prepare to punch and kick things for an hour. I connect with my inner yoga ninja to use my muscular structure mindfully as I dive into my 47th burpee. I make sure to reward myself with a few yoga postures in between reps, and I know that it’s only a matter of time until I let out a robust “Hi-yah!”