Oh my god it’s too hot in this dark dank room that smells like socks worn by a football player. And how is this a “pigeon” pose? This resembles nothing like a pigeon. Maybe a deranged chicken with mangled limbs. Definitely NOT a pigeon. Unless I’m doing it wrong. I’m totally doing this wrong.
Oh sweet baby Jesus this hurts. This is so peaceful, right? Holy schnikes it’s hot in here. OK so I can definitely see that woman’s purple undies through her pants. Should I tell her? I feel like I’d wanna know. Wait am I wearing see through pants? It’s like wet-hot in here. Not the dry kind. Is there a word for dry heat? I feel like I’m literally breathing my own sweat in molecule form. Probably other people’s sweat too. Oh well. Wouldn’t be the worst thing I’ve ingested in my time. Remember that one time I accidentally ate maggots? OMG Kristen you are SO gross.
Do NOT fart.
When I first started going to yoga, I was so horrible at getting out of my own head and
staying in the moment. Thinking about a school meeting with the teacher consultant at OJ’s school, thinking about ET’s missing mittens and how I need to stop on the way home to get him a new pair for school tomorrow. And oh crap, the boys need some kind of fruit bars to pack for their lunch.
Truth be told, I am still not great at getting out of my own head. I work on being in the moment during every session and just in general. It’s a challenge, but I love a challenge.
Pushing the limits of my strength, balance and flexibility is the best part of the practice!
My favorite form of yoga is Vinyasa, or Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa is a type of yoga that flows quickly from one pose to another, like a dance.
It reminds me of when I was a little girl in ballet, and learning new choreography during each class.
I didn’t start out liking this form of yoga. I was in for a rude awakening when I went to my first class and expected a relaxing, spa-like experience, where I could do some stretching and reflect on my oneness with the universe.
Practice is key with Vinyasa flow. As I learn the poses, I feel more comfortable in “the flow”.
I’ve really learned not to compare the pace of my “flowing” with other people’s… “flowing”. I taket at my own pace and do each pose as slow as I damn well please. It’s important to breathe fully with each pose, so I find my flows are slower than others. And that’s ok.
What I love about Vinyasa now is what I initially hated when I first started taking classes. There are no rules. Each class is different. When you have no clue what any of the poses (or “asana”s) are, it’s difficult to stay in the flow, which can be disheartening. Just keep doing it. You’ll learn and you’ll love.
Yoga is a practice that’s intended to be a physical, mental and spiritual exercise. For me this is
exactly how I use yoga:
I love running. Always have. But running daily caused my hips to revolt against me. I started yoga because of my wonky hip. So that first time I was instructed to get into Pigeon pose, I considered sobbing like a baby right there in that hot ass room packed with half naked sweating people.
But instead, now, I breathe through any pain I experience, and come out the other side with more flexible hips and a new respect for my own body. My flexibility is better than it ever has been since starting yoga. Also, I’ve developed some kick ass shoulder and back strength due to all that chaturanga-ing.
2. Mental Strength
I have about 10,000 thoughts running through my brain on any given day. It’s actually the worst. It causes major indeciceveness because I’m constantly weighing and analysing possible outcomes of every single daily scenario. I’m a total commitment phobe at heart so this is something I work on and yoga helps.
Yoga forces me to practice focusing on one thing at a time. Make a decision and get on with it.
Focus on one pose and stay with it. While I will probably always struggle with this, it has been fulfilling working to improve it.
3. Spirit Strength
This is also a bit connected to point number one, physical strencth, because I’m not gonna lie, it’s been exciting to see my muscles develop. Talk about a confidence builder. Spirit builder.
Prioritizing my physical and spiritual fitness makes me feel like I’m making one of those “good decisions” I tell my boys to make ;)
I feel self actualized. I’m showing myself the patience and acceptance I deserve. It’s like I’m chipping away at those ridiculous boundaries I’ve built for myself through out the years.
Instead of, “I can’t do this.” It’s “I can and I did.”
Plus, there’s nothing more baddass than holding that Warrior II pose while sweat drips from every muscle, every pore.
I am Superwoman.
I am unstoppable.
And I am unfuckwithable.
I want to hear from YOU now. Have you tried yoga yet? What was your experience?