Lately, I committed to a home yoga practice in a small space I created in our bedroom on the second floor of our little cottage on Ashland. The practice is usually about 30 minutes long and it helps me focus, stretch and reduce my anxiety levels caused by just regular life issues.
I like Yoga with Adriene with her free yoga videos, most recently completing her Dedicate 30 Days series which I highly recommend. Adriene is quirky and fun and she too has a dog that likes to join her in the morning ritual. You can find her at this link: .https://yogawithadriene.com/
This week-end, I had the window open a little crack and I could hear a bird chirping her wake up call to anyone that would listen. I listened. I had a cup of hot tea beside me on the mat, along with a little blankie, a lit candle, and it all was so nurturing.
I was slow to pick up on the yoga craze even though my father was a champion of yoga for years. It was how he dealt with severe lower back pain as he aged. I added the practice with my trainer’s encouragement in order to increase flexibility while I was building strength and endurance through regular exercise under her supervision. If you need a great personal or small group trainer, I highly recommend Jenny at Mindful Mule. http://www.mindfulmule.com/
Yoga is really the art of waking up. Yoga offers up a way for us to see a world that is working for us instead of against us. Yoga reminds me that everything is connected. I am learning to breathe for the first time but still need a lot of practice synching up my breath with the movement. It takes practice which is why I have committed to an almost daily time on the mat.