Even though I have exercised regularly my entire adult life, I was not a fan of yoga until a few years ago. I had taken one yoga class many years ago and after a full hour of soothing music and slow movements, I wanted to…jump out of the window! Quite literally, I didn’t have the patience for it. Additionally, as a practicing Catholic, I was unsure how or if I could reconcile the spiritual principles of Yoga with Christianity. There were questions to ponder but I didn’t think I “needed” it anyway. It was just stretching, right? I usually focused most of my exercise efforts on cardiovascular and strength training and could get my stretching needs met with just a few key stretches.
Fast forward to a few years ago and as different aches and pains occasionally cropped up, I knew that more stretching would be helpful on a regular basis. A physical therapist friend suggested I try yoga so I decided to see what I could find online. To my great pleasure, I found that there was a whole world of yoga that did not involve going to a studio for a one-hour class. There were yoga recordings of every length and an endless array of focus areas. I found a 20-minute beginner series that looked appealing. I knew I could handle the soft music and soothing voice for 20 minutes and decided to commit to it daily for a few weeks to see what would happen. Well, in those two weeks, I got hooked and have been exploring and growing in Yoga ever since. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned:
Update - I have since mastered headstand in the grass! You can watch it here! :-)
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