Thursday is one of two days a week that I have committed by self to do Yoga. A bit more than a month into my Yoga experience I can really say that I am enjoying it. Of course, with yesterday’s snowpocalypse this class was canceled. Although I was bummed I took this as an opportunity to doing my own Yoga session at home. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect but I felt at least I put an effort in to do something. If there is one lesson I learned in 365+ days of running its that the hardest part is just showing up and honoring the commitment. So with my laptop set on the table and my Yoga mat spread on the floor, I opened up Youtube and found a 30-minute beginner Yoga session to follow. It wasn’t the worst experience but it was not without issues.
I had two issues during the practice. The first is that doing Yoga in the apartment you don’t get the calming effect of being in a studio. Yoga studios have very open floor plans, nice ambient lighting, music, and other spiritual objects placed around the room to “get you in the zone”. Doing Yoga at home you are surrounded by all the potential things that can cause the stress in your life you are trying to get away from. And the additional space in a Yoga studio gives you the freedom to move around. I stand about 6′. I need a bit of room to stretch out my arms and legs.
The next thing is that I found it difficult to be able to observe and follow instruction from my computer while actually doing the poses. This is something I still have a bit of trouble in the regular class but Not as much. I think could get better after watching the video over and over again or following the same video for a month until the sequence of the session is learned by rote. The ultimate measure for me for every Yoga experience is how I feel at the end of it. And even with this
The ultimate measure for me for every Yoga experience is how I feel at the end of it. And even with this 30-minute mini home Yoga session, I felt better than when I started.