I love yoga.
A year ago I never thought I would say that. I went to a few classes with Mum and left feeling like I still needed to go for a run to work up a sweat and get a ‘proper’ workout done. I did a little research and discovered there are so many different types of yoga from one end of the scale aimed towards beginners or yogi’s who are looking for a more relaxing practice like Restoritive or Gentle Yoga to the other end of the scale for people looking for a toning, challenging practice like Power or Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
Of course, any movement you do is better than none at all, so it’s really up to you to try out a few different styles and decide what suits you best. I try to exercise at least 5 days a week, but I know those 5 days can’t all be spent in the gym and your body needs variety to continually show results. This is one of the reasons why I love yoga. If I have done legs the night before and am sore the next day, it’s a great opportunity to get down on the mat and stretch it out.
I have never been overly flexible either, so it’s interesting to feel the differences in poses and stretches week to week. Although, flexibility doesn’t come overnight and as my Grandma (who used to be a yoga instructor) told me after a conversation with her about my frustration at my flexibility coming along ‘too slowly’ for my liking – ‘Don’t be dis-heartned, some people will never be able to get their feet flat on the ground in downward dog. Every body is different and It’s just practice, practice, practice.’
One of the poses I have been working on lately is headstands. It’s taken about 8 weeks to work up to it, from holding Dolphin pose for a few minutes, to practicing against a wall and now only just last week getting the hang of the second leg ‘floating up’ to meet the first, and coming away from the wall somewhat confidently. I am aiming to have it totally down pat by August/September so I can enjoy some yoga at the beach this Summer!
One of my favourite sites for classes is DoYogaWithMe they have so many classes to choose from including different styles, levels and teachers. And I enjoy their programs as well – they are good to follow, especially when I was learning, it covers everything from meditation to breathing, posture and engaging your core.
Now to work on my Crow Poses and Back Bends!