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This post is part of the four-part series, “Finding the Fun in Fitness with Reebok.”

I don’t remember the first time I tried yoga, but I do remember having some preconceived notions about it. I used to think it was some kind of exercise that only vegans and hippies participated in. I didn’t understand that what it really is, is a powerful form of exercise that holds an enormous ability to transform the body and mind.

Unfortunately, a lot of people still hold the same preconceived biases that I used to have, and therefore think that yoga is not for them. But they’re wrong, because yoga is for everyone. Anyone can do it, and anyone who does will learn how effective and powerful it can be, even after just one session. (So long as you keep an open mind and work with a good instructor. Note: What constitutes a “good instructor” and “good class” will be different for everyone.)

At the Reebok Women’s Fitness and Lifestyle Event I had the pleasure of taking a yoga class with the always lovely Tara Stiles. She is a Reebok Brand Ambassador, a “rebel yogi,” and owns her own yoga studio here in NY. (You also may have seen her on YouTube and in books!)

[Me and the “Rebel Yogi.”]

One of the themes during our yoga class was “Life bends, bend with it.” The slogan was plastered all along the walls of our glow-in-the-dark studio. (Yes, it was a glow-in-the-dark yoga class. So fun!) Tara did a great job of instructing us through the poses, and all the while that phrase really stuck with me. The more I thought about it, I realized it’s an important mantra that we should all cary with us everyday.

[Glow in the dark yoga!]

No matter what, we’re all going to face obstacles and challenges in our lives, both physical and mental. Our goal shouldn’t be to fight against them but rather, if you will, “bend” with them. Bend our bodies and minds and overcome them by staying calm and going with the flow.

Yoga teaches flexibility of the body and mind. So, not only is it beneficial for improving our everyday functional movements, but it also helps us to channel our inner peace and balance so that we can deal with any emotional obstacles that are thrown our way with a clear head.

Reebok gave us different outfits to wear for each exercise session that we participated in. The shirt that they gave us for our yoga workout (pictured above with Tara and below in my selfie) said, “Body. Calm, focused. Mind. Ridiculously happy.” Yes, it’s just a bunch of different yoga-related words, but they’re all things that we should take the time to focus on everyday. So I want to leave you with that mantra and to encourage those of you who currently practice yoga to keep it up, and those of you who have never tried it before to give it a shot. I promise you won’t be disappointed and that you’ll feel ten times better than when you started after you finish your first class.

[P.S. These yoga capris are the softest, most comfortable “pants” I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. If that sounds like the perfect pair of pants to you too, go grab a pair of your own from my Reebok Store!]

If you’re a newbie yogi, for your first session, you don’t even have to leave your own home if you don’t want to (although I would strongly encourage visiting a studio), because there are plenty of classes to choose from right here on the Internet and I’ve linked to some of my favorites below.

Go get your yoga on!

How do you incorporate flexibility into your fitness routine?

Hungry Runner’s Favorite YouTube Yoga Routines >>

Youtube Yoga – A compilation of links to the best yoga workouts on YouTube, separated into specific categories.