So, obviously I really enjoy doing yoga. I would not have signed up for Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) if I didn’t. However, I’ve found that despite my best intentions, it’s almost impossible for me to make it to a yoga class more than 2 times per week. You see, when I signed up for YTT, I received 104 free yoga classes at my studio, but I have to use them within a year. That means I need to go at least twice a week to use up all the classes. Plus, I WANT to go at least twice a week. But, despite the fact that I want to go and the classes are essentially free, it seems as if something unexpected always comes up – car troubles, late meetings at work, invitations to get a drink – you know IMPORTANT stuff!
Anyway, to make sure that I get as much practice in as I should and as I want to, I asked my YTT teacher for some online suggestions. He sent me to http://www.yogaglo.com. For $18 a month you can take as many classes you want. And you can search for classes by how long they are, the teacher, the style, your skill level, etc. It’s awesome. I’ve taken 5 classes online so far and encountered one teacher I absolutely love (and one I really, really do not like!). Browsing through the site has also helped reinforce how much I have to learn about yoga! It’s this huge body of knowledge that would take several lifetimes to learn. It’s a great site, and it’s really helped me to become more regular in my practice.
I still prefer to attend a live-person class if possible, however. I find the cues and subtle adjustments to be really helpful. Plus I think it’s good to be around other people who are also trying to learn new skills. I learn a lot not only from the teacher, but from watching the other people in class. Some are amazing and make you want to try harder to reach that level. Others can barely do a downward dog, yet they are there persevering, which is also encouraging.
While I still don’t do yoga as much as I want to, I am super jazzed to note the progress I have been making. Little things that used to be very difficult for me are almost doable now. I can get up into crow pose for about 2 seconds – weeeeeoooo! And my balance is improving. The first time I tried to do half-moon was a disaster. Now, as long as no one within my eye sight is wobbling, I can stay up fairly well. I know I have a very long way to go, but the progress has been really encouraging.
So that’s the update on yoga. I don’t have any recipes to share this week. I made food, but nothing new or exciting. Hope you are having a great day and escaped any disaster on the horrible roads today. Adios!