Photo by Under Armour
I've interviewed some well-known celebrities — Emmitt Smith, Venus Williams — and I'm proud to say I kept my cool in those situations.
When I signed up for a weekend of yoga workshops with expert yoga teacher Kathryn Budig, though, I did not keep my cool. After convincing my husband that the $285 expense was worth it, I was jumping up and down with excitement for months.
I've been trying to explain to coworkers who fancy running or triathlons more than standing on their heads how Budig is a big deal. With more than a decade of experience, she writes for Women's Health, Yoga Journal and Mind Body Green. She wrote The Big Book of Yoga, is the founder of her animal project, Poses for Paws, and is sponsored by Under Armour's I Will What I Want campaign.
Waiting around for the first class of the weekend to start, I talked with people and eavesdropped on others: Yoga teachers from far and wide — Austin, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas and St. Louis — had come to Inspire Yoga in the town of Highland Village, Texas. I found out I was part of a minority for not being a yoga teacher (yet) and that my one-hour trip to the studio wasn't really so bad.
For the first workshop, she asked people to name positions they were most uncomfortable with and went through a flow that incorporated them. The room was hot and the work was hard, but you felt pretty good about yourself afterward. Seriously, if you're going to improve what you're doing, why not do it with an expert?