It was time. I had to do something. My legs were screaming and I knew I needed to stretch. Yoga was calling my name!
Thankfully, Lululemon Portsmouth offers yoga classes every Saturday during the month of June. I was hesitant, to say the least, but I figured there would be other beginners attending. It’s hard to try something new. What if I look weird? What if I fall over? All of those thoughts were running through my head, but my sore muscles had the loudest voice.
When I arrived, there was a mat and a place just for me. Allison, from 3Bridges Yoga, made me feel so comfortable. She introduced herself and asked if I had any previous injuries or other concerns in my body. I told her about my running and high impact activities and how tight my legs were. She assured me that we would address those issues.
I sat on my mat and Allison instructed us to “float our eyes closed.” I love that. It wasn’t squeeze your eyes shut, but float them. Immediately some tension left my body. Throughout the hour I stretched, twisted, turned and did things my body completely responded to. She instructed us in the most gentle way. She explained everything we were doing, how to make adjustments to our bodies, and offered modifications. By the end of the class, I knew I was standing taller.
This photo shows a couple of poses that we did. No crazy hand stands were attempted, though Some of my favorite poses were: Down Dog, Butterfly, and Tree Pose.
Benefits of Yoga: flexibility, heart rate decrease, blood pressure decrease, reaction time improves, core strength, balance, and more.
I will be attending my 2nd yoga class this week in Prescott Park. Every Tuesday, at noon, the park is open to anyone and everyone for yoga..and it’s free! This week they are featuring children/family yoga. Yep, the Mosleys will be channeling their inner peace–pray for those around us-ha. As I was doing a little research on yoga, I came across the 10 most popular poses for children. Check out the article here. Can’t wait to see how my kiddos like the different postures.
No matter who you are, stretching is important. We all need to take moments, throughout the week , to clear our mind and lengthen our bodies. If you are hesitant to try yoga, look for a beginners class. Most studios offer programs for newbies like me (and you). Also, I hear there are great videos that you can do in the comfort of your home.
Questions for the Day:
If you practice yoga, how long have you been practicing?
Can you recommend any Yoga Videos for readers to try at home?