'(Yoga) can improve the quality of your life'
Naval Facilities and Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas Regional Energy Program Manager Desiree Masterson’s life seems to revolve around energy preservation.
From reducing energy consumption and implementing more renewable energies at naval installations on Guam to practicing the ancient art of Yoga, keeping her body and mind energies in tune, Masterson cuts out extra expenditures.
“I got started back 20 years ago because I always wanted to do yoga,” she said. “I’m not a very flexible person naturally, so it was a great compliment to the other exercise I was doing and I thought it would help me calm down and get more in touch with my body; and I think it has.”
According to Masterson, yoga comes from an Indian tradition which dates back thousands of years before Christ and relates to the union of the body and mind.
“It started out perhaps as more of a mental practice of getting to know your mind and calming your mind…it helps you align your mind and if you align your mind, it helps you align your body, so they both work together,” she said.
Masterson explained that yoga first helps you listen and be quiet with your body, becoming more mindful and focused.
“(It’s) training your mind so your mind’s not going off in all different directions,” she said. “A lot of us have scattered minds, we don’t havegood structure to get disciplined and focus. Yoga is one of those ways, using your body you can start to do that.”
Masterson practices five days a week for 20 minutes as a calming end to vigorous exercise and said aside from the mental benefits, yoga also presents physical ones such as strength and flexibility.
“As you get older…you get more stiff,” she said. “You lose flexibility, so it’s important to maintain your flexibility and balance because those are two things you start losing as you get older and they can cause other problems. (Yoga) can improve the quality of your life.”
Masterson enjoys sharing her interest and has been a certified yoga instructor for six years, having taught part time.
“That is probably one of the best parts about yoga,” she said. “It was sharing this with other people. I’ve had younger students and older students, different ranges of physical prowess and a lot of older, especially older people who are very out of line and are used to sitting at their desk and developing bad posture…they just love it, they get a lot out of it.”
Overall, Masterson maintains that yoga helps one stay focused, balanced and calm.
“We want to stay alive as long as possible because there’s a lot this lifetime has to offer,” she said. “Of course the quality of our life while we’re alive is important and yoga really adds to improve the quality of our life while we’re alive, physically and mentally.”