By Kale Hennek
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a touchy subject for some, because your comfort zone is the place where you feel you have total control and complete familiarity with your surroundings. Admittedly, most people would rather live within the confines of their comfort zone, but people also ignore the fact that if you never leap the boundaries that have been created, you will never experience life for what it truly can be. As a man who lives on the edge of his comfort zone, I exclaim to you that leaving your zone can be both healthy and fun.
Recently, I engaged in yoga as an attempt to step out of my comfort zone. Yoga is a soulful way of meditating both the mind and body. For students who feel stressed, have anxiety, or are depressed, yoga can help you cope with those issues. Moreover, yoga is a great exercise that helps maintain wellness throughout the whole body. Rather than practicing any normal stretch, yoga stretches and pulls parts that you would not normally use, making it a fully well-rounded work out.
As a college student, I unfortunately do not have the money it takes to purchase a pass to attend yoga classes. Knowing this, I then improvised by clearing space in my dorm to do typical yoga stretches. Most of the time I do yoga before bed, because it is a great body relaxer and can provide more restful sleep. My typical yoga routine consists of eight different poses and usually takes no longer than 10 minutes. Be sure to test your limits and give yoga a try, because it can be free, is healthy, relaxing, and above all, it gets you out of your comfort zone.