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​ ​breath​e ​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:

1.Physical​ ​Strength

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?