This week was, by far, one of the best weeks on my learning project journey so far. I feel as though my practices were so beneficial to me and my body. My schoolwork has been neverending, so yoga was a great way for me to listen to my body and find a sense of relaxation. Again this week, I used two videos from Yoga with Adriene. The first one I used was titled 30-Minute Yoga With Adriene to Reduce Stress, and it was a beginner vinyasa flow. After completing the first video, I began to feel as though my body was wanting more from my practice, so I felt as though it was time for me to step it up and try more advanced exercises. As the saying goes: “A little goes a long way,” so I opted for another one of Adriene’s videos, this one more advanced and called Power Yoga Break | Yoga for Weight Loss. I am most definitely not using my journey to aid in weight loss, but safe to say, I definitely felt the burn in my arms, core, glutes, and legs after the video, but the right kind of burn! There was definitely some sweat mixed in too. Beginning to use more advanced videos has taught me that even the most simple looking movements can be complicated. I am excited to try out more advanced videos to test and see what my body is capable of.
Since I was sick and feeling out of sorts last week, my energy level was shallow, but this week I am feeling back to normal, so I thought it would be an excellent time to put my body up to a challenge. After each video I used, I took some time to practice several poses, learn new ones, and also began using yoga blocks. I have never looked at myself as being a flexible person but using a block really put my balance and flexibility to the test. I was able to find out that I am more flexible in one leg than the other (see in pictures below). The first time I used a block, I began to feel quite frustrated because I was finding it hard to balance. Once I began to feel the frustration, I stopped and stood back, took a few deep breaths, and then tried it again. I find it very important that my brain is focused and in the moment when using the blocks to help myself relax and avoid the frustration. But I know if I continue using them and put my mind to it, that I will get better the more I practice.
I hope you enjoyed my post this week, and stay tuned for my next yoga post in two weeks!