My Yoga Journey

I thought I would talk tonight about my path to discovering a love for yoga. 

My last semester in college I needed to pick up an extra hour to graduate and wanted to take something fun.  I didn’t want to add too much onto my course load since I had ben suffering senioritis for the last three years and I wanted to take something fun.  Some friends suggested I take yoga which sounded like an easy a and it could be fun. 

This was the place where I learned I am NOT cut out for group exercise.  I spent two hours a week comparing myself to others and feeling like I was doing it wrong.  The more I learn about yoga the more I feel like that class just wasn’t right for me.  The teacher stood at the front of the class and barked at us that we shouldn’t be shaking because that’s weak.  We had the class in a room in the rec center that was highly air conditioned because it was the same room they practiced karate an hour later.  Needless to say I was happy when the class was finally over. 

I never thought I’d be doing yoga again.  That is until I discovered Yoga Download this past September.  I started reading healthy living blogs and everyone was talking about this website where you could download yoga classes that you can do alone on your own time.  That sounds like something I could try.

I started with the beginner yoga class.  And while I felt amazing afterward, It was really difficult to keep my attention because the class seemed to move so slowly.  It wasn’t until I tried Lunar Flow that I really discovered what yoga could do for me. 

I feel amazing while I’m doing it.  It’s not really something I can explain unless you’ve experienced it yourself.  And every single time I *almost* make my shoulder stand ShoulderstandI feel a sense of accomplishment I’ve never experienced before.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of accomplishments, but this is something that I do for me and only me.  The only person I’m competing against is myself.  And I love it that way.

That’s why I do yoga.

– Me

Day 2- Yoga

It has been a long, overwhelming day.  Just when I thought things were starting to look up it seems my good news didn’t pan out after all.  I know good things are coming, it’s just difficult to have patience.

After all of today’s events, I thought yoga was exactly what I needed to help take my mind off things.  Unfortunately I couldn’t seem to focus on yoga and was distracted the entire time.  It happens, and I think clearing my head is just another skill I’m going to have to learn.

Tomorrow will be better.

Yoga High

I was reading through blogs the other day and someone mentioned “yoga stoned”.  I don’t really like the word stoned, but a yoga high definitely describes the way I feel after a nice session on my mat.  I love it. 

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I’m all for anything that makes me look like this.  Check out my shirt!

I just did a 30 minute Lunar Flow #1 YogaDownload.  In case I haven’t said it enough before, I LOVE THIS CLASS!!!  Seriously, I can’t get enough of it.  After I finished, I almost felt unsatisfied.  I wanted more!  I think it’s time to move up to a longer class.  I’d also like to find another class I enjoy so I don’t get tired of this one (I don’t think I ever could, but I don’t want to burn out on it.)  I might even do it again!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the healthy things I enjoy.  I love fresh fruit, but it’s a rarity for me to have it two days in a row.  I love salads but I don’t eat them that often.  I love yoga but I don’t do it as often as I’d like to.  I want to start injecting some of these healthy things I enjoy into my life It’s really silly to ignore them when they are so good for me and I already like them.

Do something you enjoy today!

– Me flower

I Don’t Want to be a Quitter!

I decided to try some power yoga today!  I did YogaDownload’s Power Yoga #3.  It definitely left me sweating! 

Look at my yoga area.  I turn off the lights and it’s very peaceful and warm Smile

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Several times when I was doing it I wanted to stop but I kept telling myself if I stopped I would be a quitter, and I didn’t want to be a quitter so I kept pushing through.  This attitude is the biggest issue I have to work on right now.  I know it’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it.