Why do I like yoga? Let me count the ways. It is one of the few things that when I first became curious about it, I just liked everything I learned. It was something just for me but I wanted everybody I knew in on it! I could take a class or learn via online tutorials or DVDs. The energy around it was both vibrant and peaceful. It was not competitive.
It made me feel good and I challenged myself.
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 said, “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 I’ve learned how true that is. I would say I am an ultra baby beginner and probably will be for a while. But I wanted to be good at it and learn how to teach yoga! The funny thing is I am NOT good at it. Yet. It does not come easily to me. Yet. I will probably never teach it and that’s OK.
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 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.
Like I said, I’m no pro. Follow along with me and 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! 🙂 I like to start my days with simple Sun Salutations. Here is terrific beginner’s Sun Salutation How-To from Gaim.com. LOVE Gaiam! I also love Rodney Yee. He was in the first yoga DVD I purchased and I am still a fan.
Currently, this is my favorite yoga pose–Warrior 1.
It might sound funny, but I feel powerful when I do this pose. 🙂
Do you practice yoga? If you want to but you’re not sure how to start, here’s the What Kind of Yogi Are You quiz to help you. I’ll be sharing more about yoga on Salt Lick Lessons–let me know what you’re interested in.
Check out some of our other yoga pose posts.