Growing up as a dancer and a gymnast, getting an adequate amount of exercise was never an obstacle for me. It was not until I took a break from my usual activities that I noticed a change in my body. I was not exerting enough energy daily, as well as eating poorly. My energy levels decreased, I gained weight, and I was feeling anxious.
My first year at IU, I made the decision to start really taking care of my body. I became motivated to go to the gym every day and I also started eating healthy foods as often as possible. My workouts quickly became a habit for me and by the start of my sophomore year I had lost 20 pounds and felt great in all aspects.
Joining the gym and working with a trainer was exactly what I needed to get back into shape. But what has made the greatest impact on my life is yoga. I fell in love the first class I attended. For me, yoga quickly provided me with an excellent balance in my mind and body.
The word "yoga" is actually a generic term for the physical, mental, and spiritual practice, with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. Yoga is important to me because it helps me in all areas of my life. Whether I am confronting a situation in my personal life or achieving a difficult pose, yoga seems to always help me to stay positive.
Finding the right form of exercise for yourself is a trial-and-error process. But I have found that releasing endorphins and focusing your mind is the key to a peaceful life.
Taylor Practicing the One Leg Wheel Pose
When I started getting serious about my yoga, I realized that my diet was as important as the physical yoga practice. I had already been a vegetarian since the eighth grade but recently decided to become a vegan and follow a plant-based diet. While following this type of diet is not for everyone, the yoga diet we have provided is based on foods that will provide you with energy and also refresh both the body and mind.