Reward for completing this 30-day yoga challenge is more yoga

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comDecember 8, 2013 

Answers to important questions nobody has asked me yet:

Question: Can you get too much of a good thing?

Answer: Not if we’re talking about yoga, says Melissa Paz, who along with Erin Joosse, owns Source Yoga studios in Tacoma and University Place.

Paz is challenging people to start 2014 with 30 days of yoga. The reward for completing the 30-day yoga challenge? More yoga.

Anybody who registers and completes the challenge gets to attend Source Yoga for free in February.

“I just want people to experience how life-changing yoga can be,” Paz said. “People say they feel stronger and they have more energy.”

Paz believes the more you do yoga, the quicker you see benefits.

The yoga challenge is designed for people of all skill and experience levels, Paz said, but doing yoga every day for a week is not easy. This is the third year of the challenge, and Paz says typically only about 15 people are able to complete the goal of 30 in-studio classes to earn the free month.

To make it through the month, participants usually take a variety of classes ranging from gentle to challenging. Classes range from 75-90 minutes. And on Sunday nights, participants have two-hour workshops at the University Place studio.

The challenge will include meetings with Ashley Looker, a holistic health counselor, who will discuss proper diet and present the class with recipes for healthful meals.

If this all sounds like too much, Paz welcomes participants who can’t do all 30 days or want to do some of the sessions by themselves at home (although these participants aren’t eligible to earn a free month membership).

The challenge costs $217 and includes membership at the studio. It’s $117 for members.

“It’s going to be fun,” Paz said. “It’s really going to be life-changing. I think it will help people with their mindset and change what they think about what they are capable of doing.”

Question: Should I trust my gym to provide safe equipment?

Answer: Last year I shared a story about how I mangled my right hand at my local gym.

I was participating in an interval training class when a fitness band snapped, bruising my forearm and causing my hand to swell and turn various shades of red and purple. The paramedics arrived about the time the staff finished cleaning the blood off the floor.

My doctor was stunned when X-rays showed no broken bones, but said I would probably have nerve damage and lingering pain. She was right. It took almost a year for the pain to go away.

The class instructor said the gym would stop doing the exercise that led to the injury. And, I guess, I was a little naive in thinking the gym would start being more diligent in inspecting its fitness bands.

Last month, I was back in this same gym scrounging through the weight room for fitness bands to do a quick core workout.

I was stunned to find three damaged bands. One appeared to be a superficial mark, but the other two were coming apart. I turned them in at the front desk.

I love this gym, but I am way past the point of trusting it (or any other gym for that matter) to make sure the equipment is safe (even though it usually is).

It’s kind of like trusting that the person who used the equipment right before you cleaned it when they were done. It’s just more prudent to do it yourself.

It only takes a few seconds to look over a piece of exercise equipment to make sure it’s safe and in proper working condition. And it’s time well-spent.

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 craig.hill@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/fitness theolympian.com/fitness @AdventureGuys

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