"Do you want to come with me to yoga?"
I distinctly remember my wife asking me that question for the first time back when we lived in Los Angeles. In my late 20's, I had never done it. Never even thought about it. I'm pretty sure my reaction was something that Colin Cowherd might say. "That's just organized stretching, isn't it?" To me, fitness was about pushing yourself. Competing in a team sport. Straining at the gym. Running until I couldn't take one more step. The more I beat myself up, the more fit I was.
And then I took a Power Yoga class.
Ho. Lee. Crap. I defy anyone to take a Power Yoga class and then tell me yoga is soft or lame or "just for women." In the years since I've switched up my practice based on what I needed. The most important lesson I've learned over time is that the more I push things, the less I accomplish. For a guy who grew up playing sports in America, it's a hard lesson to learn.
Anyway, one thing I've never really bought into is the idea that someone who does yoga has to look a certain way. I still wear basketball shorts to class. Often, I wear a Syracuse shirt (not at the "no shirt" level just yet. Sorry ladies). And I always figured it was a matter of time before pro and college-themed yoga gear became available.
And now it is.
It comes courtesy of the folks at Cirrus Fitness, whom you might remember for that Syracuse-themed workout equipment we featured a while back.
Stretch your pride further for your favorite school with the first ever officially licensed NCAA Exercise / Yoga mat by Cirrus Fitness. Available in over 100 NCAA affiliated teams, the Cirrus Fitness Exercise / Yoga mat features a custom embroidered school logo and authentic school colors. It is the only mat that is custom-branded for your school and designed for maximum performance. The cushioned, non-slip surface enables you to strengthen your core and endurance while maintaining flexibility.
The mat is a perfect gift for athletes, alumni, students and fans. Get your custom Cirrus Fitness NCAA Exercise / Yoga Mat and find out just how far you can stretch your school pride this holiday season!
Want a chance to win the Syracuse yoga mat? Easy enough, just leave a comment below in which you provide the yoga pose that best describes Jim Boeheim and why. Don't just say Downward Dog, explain that he's a Downward Dog because...well...whatever you come up with. We'll pick the best answer and that's the winner.
In the meantime, stay tuned to Syracuse-themed gear from Cirrus Fitness on their website, Twitter and Facebook page.