I know what you are thinking…..
*ugh* *groan* “is she turning into one of THOSE YOGA PEOPLE?”
The answer is…it depends on what you mean. I went to a couple of yoga classes a few years ago. While I thought they were okay, I never felt completely comfortable or like I belonged. I kept expecting someone to yell “YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG!” at me. Would anyone have actually done that? Probably not but I was sure they would. So I stopped going and never looked back. I decided yoga was just not for me even though I have tons of friends that practice it religiously.
Fast forward to late December when my friend Nichole posted a link to a free 30 day online yoga practice from Yoga with Adriene. She said she had signed up. I thought “Huh. Online yoga? No one can see me fall or fart or realize I suck. Intriguing.” So I clicked through and signed up thinking “There is a really good possibility I will not do this.” Just in case I had other crazy friends, I clicked share to invite others too. Thankfully quite a few of my friends also signed up so I was roped into actually following through and pulling out the yoga mat.
Actually, I was so sure I wouldn’t do it, I didn’t even take a yoga mat with me to the cottage for the first weekend of the new year. Thankfully there is carpet in the basement so I was able to make do. I clicked on the first YouTube video expecting to hate it and give up.
Amazingly, I didn’t hate it.
Not even a little bit.
Adriene, the teacher is awesome. She is funny and definitely not a yoga snob. She is also really great at adapting the practice for both beginners and those more experienced. She even occasionally wears crazy tiger yoga pants and picks lint off her yoga mat. Both make me love her because she is real. I am sure if she saw me falling over (because I do that a lot) she would say “Don’t worry about it. Just breathe and remember that we are here to practice.” or something equally awesome and cool. She is also from Austin & we all know that I love Austin. Honestly, I find myself wanting to be her friend in a completely non-creepy and non-stalkerish kind of way. Really. Okay. Maybe that is a little weird. Carrying on.
The best part of all this? I have kept with it for 7 days. I know that doesn’t seem like a very long time but it really is for me because I am an exercise hater. While nothing has really changed for me physically (i.e. I will not be telling you that I magically lost 20 pounds or anything), I can tell that I feel different. I look forward to my yoga practice and I am happier with myself. I am not complaining about the weight I have gained as much. I am not giving negative self talk a place to live in my head. Both of those things are HUGE.
So I think my days with Adriene will continue far past 30 days. Definitely check her out if you are looking for a way to move a bit and be little inspired. Everything is on her YouTube channel. I will put all her links below but if you want to get started, here is Day 1.
But no, I will never be a yoga person who tells anyone that they are doing it wrong. I’m not signing up for that. I am signing up for a bit of mental quietness, though. That is golden and well worth all the falling over I do.