Believe it or not, before yesterday, I had never tried yoga.
*gasp! I know!*
Yoga seems to be all the rage these days, especially in the healthy living blog world, but I had never actually given it a shot. It’s not like I didn’t have my reasons though.
For one, I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of a gym atmosphere – can you believe that I have only actually been to a gym once? and that was in my first year of University. I’m a very self-conscious person and just chose to avoid situations where I might feel that I’m being judged. There’s also the $ factor. I am very frugal when it comes to my money and can’t justify spending it on a gym membership or classes when I can do workouts at home for free.
So there you have it. My reasons.
Yesterday though, I started thinking.
I was still feeling under the weather (and still am now – holy cough batman!), so I chose not to go to the farm after work. It would have been cold and damp there and going would also result in a not so nice drive home due to freezing rain. I wanted to still do some sort of workout, but my body didn’t feel like it would be up to a tough Jillian routine. So then what?
The first thing that came to my mind was yoga.
My muscles were tight from a not so great sleep the night before and I started thinking how nice it would be to give yoga a shot and try to stretch my whole body out. I began my google search – “beginner yoga workouts – free” and started taking a look around.
I stopped on YogaDownload.
After registering for the site, I managed to find a 20 minute very beginner yoga workout which I downloaded right away. I got together two of Chris’ foam squares from our basement ‘gym’ to make a makeshift mat, printed off the poses, and did some yoga.
Poses in this beginner work out included: childs pose, table top, down dog, rag doll, samasthiti, mountain, forward bend, half lift, chaturanga on knees, cobra (my fav), spine twist and savassana. I’m assuming a very basic workout, but it was perfect for me seeing that it was my first time.
My thoughts on it?
It felt AMAZING. The quietness in my house, mixed with my deep, slow breathing .. and the stretches.. I loved it. And to be completely honest, I’m not even sure if I would like doing it in a gym-type environment with other people around. I loved the sense of solitude I felt while I performed the poses. By the end of the routine, it had felt like my whole day at the office just washed away.
I’m definitely thinking that I’m going to explore that website more in attempt to practice on a regular basis.
Question for you: Do you practice yoga? If so, how did you start?