I took my very first yoga class over 18 years ago when I was about four months pregnant with Greta. I recall welcoming the feeling of being really present in my own body. And I loved the sensation of the baby moving as I did the postures. For many years, I enjoyed strengthening my body, mind and spirit through my yoga practice.
Then something changed.
I found myself checking the clock during class. I was impatient. Hot. Tired. Uncomfortable. I wasn’t flowing with the flow.
I'd hit a wall. Yoga wasn’t doing it for me.
So, I rolled up my mat and hit pause on vinyasas. Thankfully, yoga wasn't my only workout. I'd always relied on multiple types of exercise to keep me from becoming bored. I like lifting weights. I tolerate short runs.
I kept active without yoga. And every so often, I’d revisit my mat and discover my heart still wasn’t in it.
I was irritated with myself for abandoning yoga. I live in Boulder. Everyone here loves yoga!
Then I cut myself some slack and gave myself some grace.
Do you, Kristen.
So I did. I turned my focus to HIIT workouts, weightlifting, TRX and running. All good.
And then ...
I attended an early morning, outdoor yoga class with a Rocky Mountain backdrop. Greta made the arrangements and invited me to go with her...calling it a ‘last weekend before I leave for college, mother-daughter activity’.
No matter how I felt about yoga, I certainly wasn't going to miss that opportunity!
That baby inside my womb when I first unrolled my mat, was now an adult sitting next to me on hers.
That spectacular morning, before my first downward dog...something shifted.
I realized that I missed my mat.
Since then, I’ve been doing a little yoga about once a week. At home. Welcoming YouTube instructors into my bedroom.
My current favorites are...
Sean Vigue - He's a bit wacky, but his yoga is solid. Great workout! And he films outdoors in Colorado!
Five Parks Yoga with Erin Sampson. Great variety of vinyasa flow classes. Erin films outdoors in Costa Rica and Colorado.
Maybe I pick yoga videos based on where they're filmed...
Yoga with Adrienne - She films indoors:-( but her channel is well-organized, making it easy to find a video for every type of yoga.
I’m slowly coming out of my yoga slump.
It feels pretty great.
Do you practice yoga?
Have you ever needed a break?
Oh, my goodness. October is almost over! Tomorrow is the final day of Write 31 Days. I can't thank you enough for following along. I welcome any and all comments about this month-long challenge and any of the topics I've shared.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
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