This week was fantastic! I am so proud of myself and my body with how it has responded to yoga so far. With only being one week in, I am already beginning to feel some of the physical and mental benefits that yoga has to offer. Safe to say I felt the physical benefits the most… I’ll elaborate more on the story below.
For my first video, I chose one of the beginner videos from the online youtube channel I decided to begin with from Yoga With Adriene. I used her video titled: Yoga For Beginners – The Basics. It was amazing! Before starting EDTC300, I had watched a few yoga videos and did the flows, thinking nothing about my posture or form. Adriene’s beginner video taught me so much, in what felt like a short 40 minutes. She began with proper breathing techniques and showed adequate form with each movement she did. I have found that starting with a basic video has built a strong foundation for my journey, now that I am aware of how to move my body safely with the different positions that yoga has to offer.
Now for story time… After I had watched Adriene’s video for beginners, I felt quite comfortable in going on and trying another vinyasa sequence for beginners. I found another video of hers titled Yoga for Strength- 40 Minute Vinyasa Sequence. I was comfortable at the beginning of the video and thought, “wow, this isn’t so bad!” Then I reached the other half of the video, and my mind thought the total opposite. The moves felt as though they were becoming more and more challenging, and I was starting to feel discouraged. I didn’t think much of it and challenged myself to finish the sequence. So I did, and after doing some research, I found that the video is actually one of Adriene’s flows that are listed as being intermediate. I am definitely not at the intermediate level yet. So safe to say, I missed something when I was doing my research. I am very proud of myself for finishing the sequence, but boy was I sore for a good 2 days after. I found during the video that I was using muscles I never even knew I had or had used before, which was an eye-opening experience.
Now I know that I can challenge my body, maybe I should look into stepping things up a notch (safely of course)! I am going to stick with Adriene’s videos for a while, and can’t wait to do more sequences from her videos.
I hope you have enjoyed my challenging yet entertaining experience so far!