Sunday, February 15, 2015
Yoga for every body - Yoga for my body
I thought I would report a bit about my fitness goals that I shared at the beginning of the year. I think I mentioned that I was going to return to a yoga practice - hopefully a regular one. The yoga studio where I had attended classes before a few years ago seems too far from me now. So, I was on a hunt to find a closer place. And I found one. Luckily, they had a beginner's series of classes starting in January and I signed up. Now, I have practiced yoga before (don't you love that term - practice?) and found that I was able to participate more fully than I would have expected. Being away from it though, my hard earned semi-flexibility had deteriorated and last year, after not doing a good job at all of any kind of fitness, I felt distinctly creaky. Isn't it amazing how fast the body can backtrack in things like flexibility and stamina? One more reason to try to be a bit disciplined about movement.
I started my beginner's classes in January and will finish up this coming week. Boy, was I out of practice. But, gradually, I'm getting a tiny bit better. I don't know if any of you have tried yoga. I know for such a long time, I felt that it wasn't something that people who were, let's say "of generous portions" in body parts, could do. But, you can. Yoga is such a personal thing. I guess it's not for everybody, but it can be for "every body", no matter what the shape or size or age. For me, it can keep me from being so stiff and sore in the mornings. It can make it to where I don't wince when looking behind me as I reverse in the car. It can make my sleep better. And it can focus my mind, when my thoughts want to race around like some kind of gerbil on a wheel.
I know that many people can use streaming yoga classes or watch DVD's or just guide their own practice. For me, I seem to need the variety of a face-to-face class and teacher. Plus it makes me get out of my house and not just hibernate here, as I have a tendency to do. The social interaction is good for me - not too much interaction, but a little. And, again, it's good for me to practice the physical aspects and the mental aspects - the focus involved helps my mind to quiet and my body to balance, literally I mean.
So, I'm happy with my yoga practice for my body - generous in proportions though it is. And yes, those are my feet in the picture - goodness, I need a pedicure! Spring is coming and, in Texas, pretty feet are all the rage. Good luck in whatever goals you have as to health and fitness. And again, remember, Spring Is Coming!