I never understood video games as a kid (likely because we barely had any consoles or gaming equipment between my 3 sisters and I). Everyone always got so excited about the next new game, or how to get the secret egg to win the quest-of-the-day. I just didn't get it...
Until I found yoga.
(Are you shaking your head? Bare with me here!)
Yoga is my video game.
I’m hopeful it’s in a more health-structured, does-a-body-good way.
(And less of an ego based practice.)
Holy MOLY this is addictive. The more I do, the more I want to do. There is so much out there. So many poses to try, and so many elements to each pose. I want it all! I want to try it all, and get to the next level of body control.
And really, that’s all my addiction is.
Learning to master all these little components in my body called muscles (and bones and ligaments and fascia and…)
I want to unlock the secrets of mobility and stability and strength. How to get it, and how to sustain it. And then, how to help others find the same.
It’s like a puzzle that I finally GET.
Except for the parts I haven’t mastered yet.
But it’s never-ending, and fun.
It is always challenging, especially the mental part. And the waiting and patience. (All concepts in my life that needs work.)
It sparks a fire in my life that I haven’t found anywhere else. And although I can’t handstand, yet, it won’t stop me from trying.
What sparks fire in your soul? What addictions in your life drive you?
Did you read my blog where I spilled the secrets on why to NOT DO yoga?
Do you know that apart from continually growing a physical yoga practice it can also unlock trauma our body locks away? Read one yogi's story about it here. (As featured on NPR.)
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But what about the concept of bringing your world to yoga. How do you sit and move and function through your day? What maybe can we swap and do differently so your body is able to make more shapes in a day? How do you see movement in relation to the way you live now? Do you have the awareness to move in differing patterns?
If you’re sitting while reading, this can you grow taller by reaching the crown of your head towards the ceiling? Expand you lungs and breath more deeply? THAT is yoga at its heart.
Instead of scrolling on your phone mindlessly at the end of the day on the couch, could you, would you, be willing try lying down, with your legs up a wall and continue the mindless scrolling? (Also yoga…though the mindless part not so much…but one thing at a time.)
Maybe just go for a lunchtime walk and notice the smells in the air, and the sounds around you. Put your phone away. Get away from your screens. Notice how your body feels.
These are all mini-yoga sessions.
It’s a much more multi-faceted practice than people first think. And you don’t even need stretchy pants or a yoga mat.
Bring Your World To Yoga.
Let me know what you find.
Wanting to start a practice but not sure how? Check out my YouTube "SHORTS" 30min yoga classes for you to stabilize and strengthen your practice.
One of the first questions I ask new students is “Have you done yoga before?” Almost all of them reply yes. My next question is “What kind?”
There are so many facets to the yoga journey. So many options to discover. And so many ways to incorporate this energy-giving and wonderful practice to your life.
As I’m writing this, I am out with a head-cold. The kind where everything hurts and even when you’re in bed and at rest, you still feel miserable.
So I’ve gotten up out of bed and I’m here. Doing yoga as I write this.
As I type I’m sitting on the floor with my laptop on the coffee table. Currently, I am in wide legged forward fold, leaning in to my laptop, resting on the coffee table. The stretch in the back of my legs feels nice. It’s great to be out of fetal position for a while.
I’m also drinking tons of fluids. I have a special blend of tea I break out for respiratory stuff, but honestly from my nursing background, even just water is so beneficial to the body to flush out the virus/offending intruder. So today I’m going through slow poses. To open up my body and trying and get circulation moving (so I don’t feel so sore) and stimulate my parasympathetic nervous system so I can get healing.
Go to Yoga Practice When I’m Feeling Unwell
In each pose set a timer for 2-5minutes. Close your eyes. There should be a gentle stretch but nothing forced or uncomfortable. Use ALL the pillows or tables or blankets or whatever you have around you to make yourself 100% comfortable. And lastly breathe. Breathe deeply and evenly (if you can) and do your best to slow it down. If you have gentle music you could add that to the background. And heck ya, you can do this IN BED.
Now go do it. Relax, and enjoy.
Looking for some other yoga ideas, for when you’ve got energy? Do you have 30 minutes to put towards moving your body today? Check out this core stabilization practice on my You Tube channel HERE.