Yoga has become my new favorite activity. It’s calming. It’s peaceful. It’s relaxing. Afterward, I feel strong, centered, and balanced (literally and figuratively).
For the complete beginner, try experimenting with a YouTube video like this one, which shows you the basics and gets you started. I like the helpful cues that Adriene uses in this clip.
Some of my favorite poses include Eagle, Warrior II, and Warrior III. I love balance poses. They’re challenging but make me feel so accomplished.
I’m working on this new addition to my practice, which a dear friend introduced me to. Bird of Paradise is a beautiful pose! The name alone says it all. I need to attempt it with more fluidity and grace.
My least favorite pose is Pidgeon (or One-Legged King Pidgeon). It’s a very simple pose, but it gives me problems. My yoga instructor encourages us to continue breathing through the discomfort. Easier said than done.
With yoga, don’t push yourself too hard. Everything can be modified and adjusted to fit your body. Practice yoga with a purpose: to become more flexible, to practice mindfulness, to find peace. Whatever it is, make it yours. Namaste.
love & peace,