Friday, March 14

YogaMo Day 9

Long but very good day. Early start tomorrow to another long (and likely very good) day. I was tired and almost didn't want to yoga tonight, especially as it is late, but I'm glad I did. I like this one. I can do this one (shoutout to my Irish dance friends)!


I feel good. Mostly relaxed. Excited for tomorrow. And eager for a shower and cozy bed.

Thursday, March 13

YogaMo Day 8

As Wednesdays are the days I work late, yesterday I decided I get to skip yoga on Wednesdays if I want to. Today, I didn't want to yoga, but I tried to keep in mind how it makes me feel better when I'm done, so I gathered myself and pulled up the video.

Longish, whiny story short, I had difficulty getting the video to load (no idea why; nothing seemed different from the previous times), and was about to quit. I kid you not, I had just copied an image from my screen (not the one pictured below, because the one pictured below is cooler) and was about to post a very brief journal entry when, ta da!, the video spontaneously resumed.


So, okay, I was kind of fascinated, and there were only about eight minutes left, so while I had just been giving up for the night, I changed my mind and kept on going. However, I did not even attempt the pose seen above. But I'm glad I got to see it.


Tuesday, March 11

YogaMo Day 7

I never thought I would stand on a dictionary before. The bookworm in me may have screamed "blasphamy!" but the creative in me said "well, give it a try." And as I didn't have a yoga block, I went with what I had. It probably helped.

Today's video was about taking steps toward doing the crow pose.


Now, honestly, I have no idea why I would ever want to do the crow pose unless it's like juggling or speaking Hawaiian - just because I can (note, I cannot speak Hawaiian...yet) - but this was neat. I did not think I'd be able to do it at all. But I did actually get both feet off the ground, er, book (sorry, dictionary!).

Now, granted, mine doesn't look like Erin's, and it was far from solid. Maybe less of a large, sleek crow and more of a tiny, excitable sparrow.


See that? See that? For one fraction of a tenth of a second, I had both feet in the air! Who knew?

 

Monday, March 10

YogaMo Day 6

Who knew that yoga would be good for chores? After dinner I took a nap, catnap, whatever sort of thing, and when I finally decided to open my eyes and get up, it was only a few minutes after eight (when it felt like it should be nine or ten; seriously, time changes are over-rated). I came back to roll out my mat, sat down and procrastinated, and remembered I needed to pull my laundry out of the dryer. On my way, I came upon the dishwasher and remembered I was going to put the clean dishes away, too. So I put those away, grabbed my laundry, and then, and only then, did I actually get ready for yoga. Ta da.

Anyway, today's video was restful working on the lower back, and I liked it. My mind has been very busy the last couple of days, and tonight was no exception. So I was glad of the chance to focus on something beneficial, strengthening, and relaxing. My thoughts still drifted a little, but not as much as before. Not when I'm adjusting my laptop so I can see the screen, learning knew stretches, and working on more familiar ones. I like the chance to recenter myself, putting the stressors aside for a time, and just breathe.


I think Erin Motz's videos probably aren't exactly for a complete beginner, but her instruction style is easy enough to follow, and I don't get discouraged if I can't do it quite like she can. She mentions things that you can do if you want a deeper stretch, and I usually don't, but it's nice to have the range and to know I'm not being egged on to push past my limits. That I think, is a mark of a good teacher. Pretty cool that I can get that online, huh?

 
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