This is my favorite yoga pose–Warrior 1. It might sound funny, but I feel powerful when I do this pose.
Why do I like yoga? Let me count the ways.
I could take a class or learn via online tutorials or DVDs. The energy around it is both vibrant and peaceful. It is not competitive. It is one of the few things that when I first became curious about it, I liked everything I learned. It made me feel good and I challenged myself. It was something just for me but I wanted everybody I knew in on it!
I met a guy in the first class I took who said he’d been taking yoga for two years and was still a beginner. I asked, “How can you still be a beginner after TWO YEARS?!”
He told me I could be a beginner for a very, very long time and since then I’ve learned how true that is.
I would say I am an ultra baby beginner and probably will be for a while. Though I want to be good at yoga, I am not good at it. Not yet, at least. It does not come easily to me. Not yet, at least.
I remember walking along the beach in Mexico late at night before I was interested in it. My husband and I almost tripped on people meditating or quietly doing their yoga practice while facing the surf. I tittered a little, thinking how silly it seemed.
Now, I would gladly sign up for the trip that goes to Mexico to do yoga on the beach at night!
There are so many types of yoga practice. I marvel at how each side of my body manages to go in and out of poses differently. The poses that are more difficult for me are the ones I need to spend more time on, like any exercise.
I focus on breathing, on being patient, on testing myself. I truly believe in the health benefits of yoga–from better posture to more flexible joints and from better sleep to renewed energy. It doesn’t look challenging, but it is! I always feel like I’ve worked my body but without feeling fatigued or like I’ve pushed myself too hard. It is my favorite way to start the day and I definitely notice that I start to feel stiff if I don’t do anything for a few days.
If you’re also a beginner, we’ll learn together! I’m sure if you saw me in some of my poses, you’d feel like a master yogi!
Do you practice yoga? Let me know how you started and what you love about it. I’d love to know! If not, what is it about yoga that turns you off? I’d love to know that too!