I’ve been doing yoga for about 6 years, I think. Sometimes I like classes, sometimes they are way too distracting! Like that guy that grunts in every pose, or that lady that rolls around on the floor and doesn’t really follow along at all. I guess these people are just added bonus for your practice: you have to train your mind to let them go. You have to find your flow no matter what is happening around you.
Since I moved, I haven’t been attending any classes. In Santa Cruz I was lucky to have a friend that taught the most amazing Warrior Yoga classes and really couldn’t get behind any other class. Now that I’m in school full time and working full time, and pretty broke (loans!), I don’t have the 100$ + it costs to join a studio. I’ve mostly been doing podcasts at home (did you know you can download free yoga classes on iTunes? because you should). I especially like “All the way live” by faith hunter. The perfect mix of power/stretching for me! If you aren’t familiar with the poses, going to a class is always better. But if you know your way around the mat, you can just listen to a class for free! With no weird guy grunting to distract you!
Tonight I decided to lead my own practice. This is difficult at first but becomes more and more joyful as you go. I did 40 minutes today, no problem! Here are some benefits of being your own yoga teacher.
- You can focus on the muscles you want to stretch/strengthen
- You can hold a pose (or not) for as long as you want
- You can explore different transitions and learn how to “go with the flow”
- You can improve your practice by testing your memory of vinyasas (flows)
- You can make up new ones! Today I went from a wide legged forward bend and hopped back to chataranga! Crazy!
Overall, if you want to expand your practice, I highly recommend it. The hardest part for me is thinking of how to transition to my next pose.
Today I started with some breathing, then stretched my neck and hips. I went into some cat/cow, then right into a few sun salutations! I moved through those a few times, then went on to a “B” series of warrior 1, 2, peaceful warrior, side angle, triangle, twists, and dancer pose! Then I stretched on the floor and really worked on opening my hips. I tried to work on my splits but they still hurt so bad!
Oh yeah, since originally I started this blog to help me with my weight loss, I guess I’ll talk about my eating too. Today I stayed (mostly) within my calories, and feel more in control. My clients gave me some pasta and garlic bread for lunch (whoops), and then they brought delicious Porto’s to clinic! I slipped and had 1 dulce de leche kiss cookie. Dinner was light and I didn’t eat carbs (skinny rules coming soon). I think today was pretty good!