I have a confession, I love yoga. I think that yoga is the king, queen and princess of fitness and well being. I know that everyone who loves yoga says that, but really if you haven’t given it a try – you really should.
I have a dream that one day I’ll teach yoga. It’s an old chestnut that got shoved into the box room of my ambitions when I had a baby — and now three years down the line, I have so much further to go, to get to where I was, before it all (literally) went pear-shaped.
Finding motivation in this situation is usually difficult, tomorrow always seems preferable to now and it’s not like I don’t have a great teacher — actually she’s brilliant — but I just can’t seem to get to a class at a consistent time and date, and not for lack of trying either!
The thing about yoga for me is not only is it an excellent way to relax and unlock repetitive strains, but it also helps run a system check on your whole body at the same time. Listening to your body, you may sometimes get a sense that something is off in your alignment, something you’d miss if you didn’t go through a full range of stretches designed to get your energy (called prana or chi) flowing.
I’ve tried yoga at home with mixed success… it’s just not quite the same, writing up my own routines, having to worry about the clock, the list and not always in the position to correct a weak posture. I know enough to practice, but I think that it’s difficult to relax when focused on too many logistics.
I still own a yoga DVD, but as with writing my own routines, fiddling around with the DVD remote was too distracting and so the point of the yoga itself was lost. I also once bought the Wii Yoga programme which I really didn’t like at all!
Then I found the best app I have ever seen for yoga… naturally sceptical, I read the reviews and taking the plunge, bought it.
Wow! What an incredibly well-made app. It’s nicely arranged, the programmes are really good and there’s a calendar for geeks like me to track our yoga time. The different classes are perfectly timed, the instructions are useful for checking weak posture – but really for people familiar with the asanas to begin with and you can pause it if you need to.
The app is called All-in-YOGA: 300 Poses & Yoga classes and is on special offer at the moment. I don’t get anything out of promoting them other than sharing such a brilliant app with brilliant people interested in yoga. I wasn’t expecting to be so blown away, but since finishing my first session this morning, I’m intensely delighted that I have a solution to get back on track to accomplishing a long-held dream.
This post stands on its own, but is also relevant to the theme of today’s Daily Post: Intensity – Describe the last time you were surprised by the intensity of a feeling you had about something, or were surprised at how strongly you reacted to something you thought wouldn’t be a big deal.