Channelling my Inner Cat-Cow

I am happy to say that the past couple of weeks have been very productive in terms of my Learning Project!

As I was scrolling through Twitter, I came across an account called Yoga Journal. It is a page that shares not only useful tools around yoga but with overall well-being too. One thing I also love that they do is that they interview different yoga instructors from around the world. It is super cool to see how yoga is different around the globe, and this is a community I cannot wait to keep using to enhance my practice.

Yoga Journal on Twitter!

This week instead of doing practices from Youtube, I decided to do some deeper digging on the internet and look for other resources. My prime focus for this week’s practice was to work on my formation and strength. After finding the Yoga Journal on Twitter, I did some more research on the internet and was able to find their website, and I wish I would have found it sooner! The site has a list of poses with names from all levels. I thought I would give some of the intermediate ones a shot, and I think they don’t look too bad.

Along with the list of poses, they also have videos, tips, meditation, and more on their website. Safe to say this resource will be coming in handy in the next few weeks! I am going to set a goal for myself to learn 3 new poses each week and share them with photos, to see how much I can teach my body.

Boat Pose
Bow Pose
Camel Pose

Just over a week ago, on Friday before my gym closed due to the COVID-19 concerns, I attended an in-person yoga class at the gym I go to. I built up the courage to participate in my first yoga class on my own, and it is something I will surely do again. In terms of difficulty, I found it to be quite simple since the main focuses were on breath and proper positioning. The instructor asked the other members what they wanted to work on during the class, and me being there for the first time, I just went with the flow and did what everyone else did. It was so refreshing and eye-opening to do a class in person, rather than off of the screen. Like I said, I can see myself going to another class if I need some time of relaxation and stretch, but in terms of difficulty, I may keep attending them once COVID-19 is over, and the gym opens back up, to see what else is in store for me.

Since I didn’t want to take any photos during my yoga class, I thought I would create an informational video on how to perform one of my favourite yoga poses/stretches called the Cat-Cow. I find it very beneficial when I need a good stretch in my lower back, to work on my breathing, or just to ease any tension. I hope you enjoy it, and that is all I have for this week.

Do you have any useful yoga resources? If so, feel free to share them below.

Stay tuned for next week’s post to see what I learn and find out next!

Namaste// -Jaelyn

13 Replies to “Channelling my Inner Cat-Cow”

  1. Ah I love Buster! What a sucky baby! Great job on this instructional video Jaelyn. It’s also really cool reading about how you’re taking your learning project to the next level and plan on continuing with yoga. There are so many options out there for different types of yoga. It’s crazy how intense of a workout it can be depending on the type of class. Great work on your project and give Buster an extra bum scratch for me!

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    1. He is such a good boy! Buster is 10 years old, so normally he can be found snoring on his pillow inside, but when I walked into the backyard with my yoga mat, he seemed like he wanted to get some exercise too. Yes, I am happy I chose something for my project that has allowed me to develop a new passion, even for something that I will continue to do. I also love how yoga can be taken in so many ways, with a variety of options. The possibilities are endless! I will be sure to give Buster an extra bum scratch from you, and I appreciate how you have been following along with my posts!

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  2. Hey, Jaelyn this was a great blog post! The video was very well made! I wanted to say I actually checked out a resource you used in the past the other day and it was great! I watched a nighttime yoga video from Yoga with Adriene to help me relax before falling asleep. She is really great at explaining what she is doing and I am excited to check out more of her videos! Thank you for the resource and keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks, Brooke! I have realized now that I posted the video that it isn’t the best quality which makes the font difficult to read at times, but I guess that is why this is called a learning project. I am happy to hear that you are using some of the resources I have posted, Adriene is absolutely amazing and I love how she has such a wide variety of yoga videos. Since you have used one of her nighttime videos, I would recommend checking out her morning yoga videos too. They are short, but are just long enough to make your body feel good and start your day on the right foot! Thank you for your thoughtful response!

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  3. Jaelyn, your video was very well made, great work! I also enjoyed the images that you had posted in your post. I think the images show how hard yoga can really be. It seems to me like you are very comfortable with yoga, and excel at it! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks, Brittney! I found a new resource on the Apple App Store and found it easy enough to create the video on my phone. Choosing yoga definitely has been a challenge for my mind and body, but I am happy that I did. It has helped me learn that I am capable of challenging myself, more than I ever thought I was!

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  4. Hi Jaelyn, great work on utilizing different resources to continue your learning project of yoga. I have to tell you when I saw the title of your post I had no idea what you were talking about, haha. It looks like you are doing a great job in coming along with your yoga skills. I look forward to your final post in the coming weeks.

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    1. That is too funny, thanks, Byron! I tried my best to create a catchy title but then realized after I posted it that some people might not know what I was talking about, but would learn from reading my post. I appreciate you following along with my posts, and hope you will read my final post in the days to come!

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  5. Jaelyn,
    Your dog is so cute! It is sometimes hard to get work done at my parent’s house because the cat will come and sit right on my keyboard so that I will pet her.
    That’s great that you were able to attend a yoga class before the gyms closed. With all this practice, you’ll be attending the next one as a pro!
    – Kylie

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    1. Thank you, Kylie! He is such a baby and is also 10 years old but still as hyper as ever sometimes. I let him outside thinking he would go play and entertain himself, but I guess he found bugging me to be an easier way to entertain himself. You gotta love having pets and trying to get homework done! Yes, I am kind of sad that I won’t be able to do another in-person class for a while but have been doing some exploring online with hopes of tuning into a live yoga practice one day. Thanks for your response!

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  6. Great explanation of the cat/cow pose and lots of great resources here to use for someone looking to do some yoga during self-isolation. Now that COVID has shut down my gym as well, I am looking for different at-home workouts and started doing yoga twice a week at home. I have been doing more flow yoga (if that’s even the right term) through the P90X programs but I will definitely be looking through your old posts for resources and ideas. If you have any suggestions of yoga resources that are more active and energetic that will get me sweating let me know! Great Job!

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    1. Thanks, Derek! I am happy that others are feeling the advantages and benefits of yoga too. I have found it to be an especially good tool during these uncertain times to ease the high levels of stress and anxiety that I have been feeling some days. Flow (vinyasa) yoga is my absolute favourite! I find it nice to be suitable for a deep stretch. Is P90X a free program? I am always open to new resources so I think I will check it out. If you want a challenge, I am a huge fan of Yoga with Adriene! She has a Website and channel on Youtube with a wide variety of yoga videos for different levels. Since I began more of her advanced videos, I have been feeling myself sweating, and using muscles I have never felt or thought I had. I appreciate you following along!

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      1. Thank you! I did one of her videos on Saturday! P90X is not free, I somehow downloaded like 8 years ago from a friend’s computer. It was an older at-home workout program that has one yoga session in its workout program.

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