Yoga has taken me by surprise. It is the real deal! Usually I am suspicious of exercise activities that are within the general dance family and are not ballet. After years of training in ballet, most of the time loving it and sometimes becoming quite frustrated by its rigor, I have realized the discipline, grace and athleticism that ballet requires is exceptional. This being said, I was quite happy when I enjoyed the first yoga practice I had ever attended. It was a physical challenge and I felt it in my upper body the next day! It really is relaxing, during the quiet stretching times I have a chance to let go of my busy thoughts or pray. I know many people have already jumped on the yoga bandwagon and I am glad to report that I have too.