When I was a child, I thought yoga was a spiritual practice. As I got older, I realized it was more than that, but I thought it was for sissies. Then, I tried yoga for the first time four years ago and experienced for myself the benefits it offered.
The Yoga Video That Has Changed My Perspective and Challenged Me
I’ve been thinking a lot about yoga lately, since I’m on the tapering down period of my marathon training. This weekend, I spent some time scouring the internet for inspirational yoga pictures and videos, of which, my pinterest account is now a testament to. Yes, I started a “yoga” board on pinterest, and while it only has a few pictures as of this moment, I expect that to start growing. Why? Because I found this video on Friday that totally changed my perspective on yoga. Please take the three and a half minutes to watch this. You will be truly inspired.
The thing is, I’ve loved yoga since I first gave it a real try four years ago, but I have to admit, it didn’t seem challenging enough to me. I reaped the benefits of the soul quiet that would follow a yoga session, and that feeling of leaving heaviness behind during and after a session. But when it came to choosing between say, yoga and running, or yoga and lifting, the running and lifting have always won out. I work a full time job, have four dogs, a blog and a husband (among other responsibilities), I need to be particular about how I spend my free time. And I always thought running and lifting were the more physically challenging and demanding exercises. That’s how I wanted to spend my free time.
But then I saw this video on Friday. When I watched this video, I was astounded at not only the flexibility of this woman, but the strength that is evident in the control with which she does each movement. There is no way anyone in their right mind can look at this video and still think that yoga is for sissies, or that it isn’t a powerful workout, stretch and soul strengthener all in one. I was so impressed with this video, that I decided I need to get this in my life, somehow. So I developed a new goal. The ultimate goal is that eventually I want to be able to do what this woman is doing in this video. Am I crazy for thinking I can? But I don’t know how long it will take me to get there.
Yoga Challenge Number 1
Since I have other things I need to devote my time to over the next six months (I’m getting my personal trainer’s certificate), then I will work on two areas. The first is the good morning yoga sequence which I found on pinterest initially, but was originally written by Jennifer Jarrett and posted on www.mindbodygreen.com . Doesn’t it just make sense to wake up and get your day started with some yoga stretching? I figure, this is a brief enough exercise for me to do before I go out for my morning run.
Yoga Challenge Number 2
The second thing I want to focus on is flexibility–mainly–I want to retrain my body to do the splits–like I used to be able to do when I was in school. I found these eight exercises, which I’m going to start working on. If you click on the picture, it will take you to the article where you also can find these eight exercises for stretching those legs! I say, why can’t I be able to do the splits by the end of the year?? I’m at least gonna try!!