Yoga with a capital ‘Why?!’… rewind about 5 years ago I could contort my body into all sorts of yoga positions. I would head down to my local yoga studio about 2 or 3 times a week for a dose of Bikram Yoga and would be floating all the way home. Ahhh, the serenity. In an attempt to get me back to that floating feeling, yesterday I took the plunge with a beginners class at Hot Fusion Yoga. Today I can’t move…!
Here I was thinking that it would be a little difficult at first, but I’ve kept myself in relatively good shape so it should be alright. I didn’t realise how many birthdays have passed me by since my last Downward Dog. Today I am in pain with a capital ‘P’! However, I will not be beaten by the fuzz in my muscles. It just highlights to me how important it is for us to keep moving and more importantly to keep stretching and breathing properly. No wonder some of us become cranky the older we get – who wouldn’t when we are so stiff and tight it hurts to move!
After my course last week on Psychosomatic Therapy, I have learnt new posture and breathing techniques which I tried out while doing yoga. I’m no yoga expert, but I tried keeping the weight of my body on the balls of my feet rather than my heels where appropriate and breathing with my diaphragm rather than only the top half of my chest. I could feel the difference it made so quickly. I felt a lot stronger and confident in each of the positions. Imagine what I will be like after a few weeks…maybe I will be able to contort myself sooner than I think!
So here is to yoga, balance, focus, awareness and breathing. Like anything, if at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again 🙂 Would love to hear from anyone who is into yoga and what it is that keeps them going back for more – inspire me!