Yoga for beginners has recently got my attention even though it has always been part of my life. Here’s my adventure.
When I was little, my mom did yoga for a while but I cannot recall much of that time. I think I only joined her once but she taught me a thing or two back then. Her teacher would let her know what I could do and how. She also had this pocket book I used to read a lot. Thanks to my years of ballet, flexibility was not a problem either. Even though I did not understand much of the philosophy behind it, I liked yoga.
Interesting however, the only time I did yoga on a regular basis was many years later at work. For some time, they offered sessions in the evenings, after office hours and it was perfect for me. But unfortunately, those classes did not last enough and I never tried it again.
Time has always been the excuse. I am not going to lie and say I did not have it. The thing is that between what I was doing and yoga, I always picked up strength training and cardio. When you have little time, it is only normal to prioritize activities. Yoga, despite all its benefits, never made the top of my list. Never until now…Yoga Transforms. Image source: WeHeartIt
The reasons why I started to make time for yoga are a mix of not being able to do what I normally do with needing its benefits. I was hoping to be able to start with weight training in July, but my body is telling me different. Since last week, I have been feeling strange symptoms. I am doing my best in not letting them get to me, but I have no idea about what I should think.
So while I postponed resistance training for a little longer, why not strengthening my body in a different way?
In this process, I have been inspired by Jess from Hello to Fit and Michele from A Pace of Balance. But because I do not have access to a yoga studio in the area, I decided to go solo. And for that I am thankful for my iPad and YouTube.
I am going very slow with yoga. First, because my muscles are rigid. You do not recognize the contortionist (as I was sometimes called in BJJ) in me anymore. I have been using my bands a lot these days to make sure my posture is correct.Me and my pink band and yoga mat.
Second because I have been feeling very dizzy lately. I just cannot go crazy and force myself too much. It would probably mean the end of the session for me and I do not want it to happen. I am enjoying my 10 and 15-minute sessions too much and am already seeing some tiny progress.
I am also using my yoga training as a sort of stretching after my run training. As soon as I get home, I do some SMR first. After it, instead of going doing tradition stretch, I am doing yoga. Yoga is also my exercise of choice on rest days. In other words, I am doing it every day.
The funny part of it is that I am not practicing yoga alone. Most of the times, I have a very special partner whose downwards facing dog is much better than mine. 😛
I am not going to play smart and try to show you poses myself because I am no pro. Please check the ladies I mentioned above and you will get the real deal. I might share a vid or 2 in the future because I have been filming myself anyways. It is the only way I can see what I am doing right and what needs to be improved.
I am excited to try new apps and YouTube channels. Some of them recommended by my fellow Sweatpink Ambassadors. And be sure that I will be updating you about all the details.
Is yoga part of your routine? If yes, do you do yoga for beginners or are you advanced?
And if you got some tips for me, please leave me a comment below. The more I can learn, the better.Yoga For Beginners By A Beginner.
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