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.
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.
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!