Day in the Life: Yoga Night

[One of the occasional series of posts about my typical day.]

Yoga Move

Me Doing a Seated Twist

Tonight was yoga night.  After work I go into an empty, industrially-carpeted room of the local community college with my yoga mat, blocks, and strap.  We always end with laying down and a brief guided meditation.  What varies is almost everything in between.  Sure, we always do stretches, work our core muscles, and do a few twists.  But sometimes we’re stretching laying on our backs, sometimes we’re sitting.  Sometimes we do seated twists, sometimes standing, sometimes laying down.  There’s a lot of variety.

It’s also interesting to see how things work when you switch something around.  For example, I am one of those adults who can stand up, bend over, and touch my toes.  But tonight, lying on my side with my legs stacked on top of each other, could I touch my hands with my toes?  No.  Interesting.

I also find the balance poses are hardest for me.  Tonight, standing with my feet in line with each other, toes of one foot touching heel of the other…I had trouble just keeping my balance so that I was standing on both feet evenly.  So while others were bending forward to touch the floor, I just focused on standing straight :)

And that is pretty much why I’m going.  I stretch and do some yoga poses on my own regularly.  But class tends to shake things up and have me try something new.  And that’s good.  :)

3 thoughts on “Day in the Life: Yoga Night

  1. Re: Toe Touches
    I have the same problem. The reason, near as I can tell, is that when I’m standing Gravity and Body Weight toss in a great assist to the movement.

    When lying on my side I have to do the same movement using only my muscles. Also, my belly and my thigh tend to get in each other’s way lying on my side, whereas my stomach falls naturally between my legs standing up.

  2. When lying on my side I have to do the same movement using only my muscles. Also, my belly and my thigh tend to get in each other’s way lying on my side, whereas my stomach falls naturally between my legs standing up.

    That’s a good analysis, and yeah, I think that’s what’s happening to me :)

  3. I started doing yoga about two months ago, and I am really enjoying it. It’s a struggle to get up the motivation, but I’m finding it quite rewarding.

    The balance postures are my favorites, however. When I first started doing them, I could barely hold the position even for a second. But every day I practice and I get better and better at it. It’s such a great feeling, I love the challenge!

    I’m really enjoying your blog!

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