At the beginning of December, we cleared out the back room, got new furniture (a Lot of it, whoa), and totally revamped the “design” of things around the apartment. We had a vision, and went with it. Three bikes in one room makes it a little crowded, but it’s functional nonetheless!
I just hadn’t tested out its function, yet…
An hour of yoga in the morning always starts my day right, but wow are those muscles of mine tight at 7 a.m.. The majority of my late morning/early afternoon was spent in front of a computer, and suddenly I was over it. At 2 p.m. I chose a Yoga-break instead of a computer-screen staring contest. I rolled out my mat, and had no plan or routine. I was amazed at how warmed-up/flexible I felt, compared to that early hour, and I went with it!
Plan 1) USE the yoga room! Check.
Plan 2) Document progress (which I meant to do after my 25-day Yoga challenge, and never did). Here we go…
Stretch, wake up the I’ve-been-sitting-for-hours muscles, and get ready to Flow.
Ready now? Here’s one of my favorite flows – it was the first “challenging” pose that really came easily to me and felt fun to experiment with. Crow –> Headstand:
The challenge now is to see how long I can hold that. Long enough for the self-timer on the camera – leading up to one+minute? We’re getting there. The shoulders and abs usually cooperate, as long as there’s no fear of what my feet will hit in the event my balance fights gravity. Crow –> Headstand: check!
And while we’re upside down, we might as well get in a few handstands, right?
Next up: Eagle! The first Bikram class I attended (i.e. my first Yoga class) involved this twisting pose; my palms weren’t even close to touching. Wrap my right foot around my left calf? Really? That didn’t happen. Now…
…it’s another favorite. The leg twist success is satisfying (and makes it a little easier to balance), my hips will level with me, and the arm twist provides the best shoulder stretch (pull your elbows out and up – you’ll feel it). Eagle: check!
While we’re twisting, let’s open up the shoulders. Another pose that didn’t come easily, but is so satisfying once those fingers can link together: The bind.
Check! My groin and hip muscles aren’t yet the biggest fans of this decision, but they go with it. And that’s all I ask for now!
Rest, breathe, take it all in, and relax.*
*After inversions, always give the back a good stretch! Wheel or bridge, spinal twists & laying in savasana for as long as you want 😉 .
Clearly I had fun during my first “class”in my Home Yoga Studio. I’ll be back there often, and love that My space is there for me whenever I want it.
Do you practice (yoga or any other free-form exercise) at home? As many posts have mentioned, there are tons of Free downloads, podcasts, etc available so you don’t always have to pay the fee to be at a studio! I love the class atmosphere, and having interaction with instructors to keep you challenged and moving forward. But, I also loved doing things on my terms! All you need is some open space and a creative mind.