Today was Yoga Class No. 7. I can’t believe I have been doing this a month already. A good portion of the initial awkwardness I felt is fading and I am getting more comfortable with the flow of the class. When I find myself not doing the right thing I smile and laugh it off as I peek around to see what the teacher is doing or how others have modified the pose to work within their means. It is athletic and very physical but not competitive.
Last week I began to attempt the crow pose. This week was a continuation of that challenge as well as an hour full of other meditations, stretches, and other postures. I feel improvement. The progress seems small but it is noticeable. No cool Rick Rubin medication postures or head standing photos yet. Once I get the hang of crow may I’ll post a photo for fun. Besides the physical poses and movement, I really enjoy the breathing exercises. My favorite being Alternate Side Nose Breathing or Nadi Shodhan pranayama . I recommend this to everyone. It is simple and you can learn from the Dali Lama himself via the video link below.
The most noticeable difference outside of yoga class, especially after today’s session, was a sense of attention and awareness for my spine. As I was out walking this evening I could feel better alignment in my spine and less tension in my shoulders. More importantly, as I tried to move into my usual hunched over posture I was aware that it did not feel correct or good. Mr chiropractor Dr. Michael Bernstein called this Caveman Dragging The Knuckles or something to that like that. I would like to eventually eliminate this hunched over caveman feeling. I suspect over time it will happen especially taking into account the progress that I feel already.