I always thought that yoga was too hipster, and the women who did it were too into spirituality and it freaked me out. But then I read an article on the benefits of yoga and I wanted to try it ever since.
I just didn’t have the time and equipment.
But now I do.
As an early birthday present–and per my request–I received a Gaiam Taos Alignment yoga mat. I was excited to finally start practicing yoga (I figured I could get lessons on YouTube).
So, today I set up my laptop and rolled out my mat. I was ready!
I followed Yoga with Adriene’s video “Yoga for Beginners – The Basics,” but only after checking out PyscheTruth’s “Yoga for Complete Beginners – Relaxation & Flexibility Stretches 15 Min. Yoga Workout.” The latter sucked me in with its’ lauding of only being 15 minutes. However, it was the wrong video so I switched to Adriene’s, which was better. (And there was a cute dog in it!)
…but yoga is tough!
I knew something was off when I was having trouble controlling my breathing, but I tried to follow Adriene’s video. I managed to do the warm-up stretches, which were simple. When it came to the poses, though, I felt the burn. And the sweat.
After finishing the over 30-minute video, I was wiped out. But I did feel slightly more limber than before, and I definitely felt the blood running through me.
I had to lie down and rest, though. (Did I overdo it?)
Either way, the first day wasn’t too bad. As with everything new, yoga will get easier with time. Until tomorrow…