Hey my friends,
Now that I’m in California, I have space to roll out a yoga mat on my back deck. In my Brooklyn apartment I had to move furniture around to have space to put down a yoga mat! Seriously. For that reason, and the fact that it’s been 7 months since my tailbone fracture (people say it can take a year to heal fully…!!), I’ve been feeling that yoga craving again. I haven’t felt it in awhile.
It can be intimidating to get back into yoga after not doing it for awhile. Going to a yoga class can seem daunting when you don’t feel flexible at all or your joints feel a little rusty.
This morning, I remembered a blog post I wrote back in 2013 called the Magic 10 – 10 yoga postures in 10 minutes. I figured doing 10 minutes of yoga was the perfect way to get back into it. I did it today and it felt so good, a tear actually rolled down my cheek when I was in one of the twists. I remembered how important my yoga practice used to be to me, how I used to feel that no matter where I was in the world or what I was going through, I could come home to myself on a yoga mat.
I did a headstand against the wall instead of trying for a handstand, though. Don’t wanna get ahead of myself.
It felt so good just to do a little bit, I actually doubled the amount of breaths recommended for each pose (i.e. 20 breaths instead of 10 breaths). I ended up doing a few extra poses, and took a super long savasana afterwards with my favorite Helios music. :)
I’m excited to do it again tomorrow. I know 10 minutes will lead to more. And it reminded me again of what it feels like to know myself and my body, in that way that only a yoga practice can give.
I also remembered the sweet, sweet gift that yoga is to the nervous system.
Other ways to get back into yoga (aside from getting started with this 10 minute sequence):
At home yoga videos, watch instantly on Amazon Video – there are a ton on there!
Online classes from YogaGlo — $18/month gives you unlimited access to over 4,000 yoga classes… #what
Go to a beginner’s yoga class, a restorative class, or a yin class — to get your body back into yoga mode.
To celebrate the fact that I did 10 minutes of yoga today (really celebrating the little wins here), here are some of my favorite yoga-related blog posts I’ve written, deep from within the archives… I used to write a LOT about yoga…ok, in fact, I was downright obsessed with yoga for awhile. Time to bring it back, kiddos!!!
A few yoga-related blogs I’ve written:
Ok, hopefully reading some of this inspires you to break out your yoga mat from the closet, unroll it, shake off the dust, and reconnect with yourself…
I’m with you.