I’ve never been into the cardio side of exercise. Treadmills are just a quantifiable measure of my inability to run a nine-minute mile, and with all the huffing and puffing and feeling like I’m about to die, it's just never been my thing.
I was searching for a more pleasurable alternative to the gym-rat laboratories that have sprouted in my neighborhood, when I came across a lovely glass-windowed studio. The women inside not only looked effortlessly toned, but also incredibly happy and so well-balanced. That’s the day I joined a yoga and pilates studio. My body and I have been feeling whole and sound ever since.
Recently, I tried aerial yoga at the Om Factory. I was nervous because I’ve always been irrationally afraid of breaking my neck (don’t ask -- leftover from a middle school cheerleading accident), but the teacher was extraordinarily accomodating to the array of levels in her class. And, despite those unfounded claims that "you don’t get any exercise from yoga," I was sweating through the entirety of the class and had trouble getting into my seat the next day.
The best part came, though, when I faced my fears, trusted the soft fabric and suspended upside down using my own body weight as support. All in my first class. I left feeling on a high, and not just because we were dangling off the floor.
Here's why you should date a girl who practices yoga:
1. She effectively deals with stress.
The yoga practice centers your mind and body and is a great way to relieve stress. With each inhale, you take in what you need, and with each exhale, you release what you want to let go. This girl knows how to manage her anxieties, put things into perspective and move on.
2. She’s laid back.
A girl who does yoga quite literally goes with the flow. She wears easy clothing, strives for balance and is flexible when things change. Yoga girls are perfectly content doing something as simple as sitting in a room, breathing with their eyes closed. For this reason, she’ll be happy going on any kind of date with you and won’t have too high of expectations.
3. She likes dim lighting, and heavily breathing, sweating, nearly-naked bodies.
Mmmm, how romantic... sort of. If you’re into doing it with the lights off, then this girl definitely won’t protest (although, with her toned yogi body, you might want to consider leaving them on), as she’s no stranger to working out in the dark. Bonus points for her keen ability to sync her breath with yours.
4. She’s punctual.
A yoga girl always knows to arrive at least 15 minutes before class. She’s an expert when it comes to being on time and prepared, so you can expect her to be prompt on your first date. And with all those yoga accessories, who knows, you might get some ideas…
5. She’s patient.
Increasing your flexibility doesn’t happen overnight. A yoga chick understands that relationships take time to progress and grow deeper, and she’s willing to put in the work. Just as she is patient with her body and in tune with its needs, she will be respectful of your wants throughout your courtship.
6. She can support herself.
Aside from being able to physically uphold her body weight (headstands, anyone?), the yoga girl is also mentally strong. She’s able to focus and rely on herself for emotional support, which yoga helps her to achieve. As such, it’s easy to be in a committed relationship with a yogi because she’s independent and self-motivated.
7. She’s mindful.
Yoga teaches her to be present in the moment, so when she’s with you, she’s all in. She’ll be apt to do mindful things for you, like, say, gift you with a lovely yoga mat of your own on Valentine’s Day!
8. She knows a variety of poses.
Come on, you guys knew this one was coming. I refrained for a good seven reasons.
This isn’t something to be ashamed of, yogis! You ladies know how to climb your partner like a mountain (pose). You’re strong, flexible and physically more able-bodied to perform in the bedroom. No pressure, or anything.
9. She stands tall and proud.
We’re not trying to be cheesy kindergarten instructors about this; a yoga gal really does have great posture and a tall spine. It might be a stretch, but who doesn’t want to date a lady whose odds are in her favor that she won’t be a hunchback when she’s 80?
10. She possesses a sage mind.
A yoga girl is dedicated to carrying out a healthy lifestyle and that includes her relationship with you. Through her insightful practice, she remains grounded; if you do decide to date her (which I’m sure you will after reading this, duh), don’t mess with her chi.