I need to do more yoga. Every time I practice, I feel like a balled-up piece of paper that has been uncrumpled and smoothed out.
It’s hard to justify the cost and time of taking classes at an actual yoga studio, so I do most of my practicing at home. I’m fortunate to have a dedicated dance/workout space in my basement, but I always need to convince myself that my time will be better spent stretching instead of burning off the Stress Chocolate I ate after teaching 1st grade. I’ve been trying to do a better job of tuning in to what my body needs (and moderating the stress chocolate). Hopefully I will be able to make yoga practice more regular part of my workout schedule. I know I’m always glad I made time for it!
YogaDownload.com has been a major part of my at-home yoga practice. It is basically a giant collection of yoga class podcasts that you can stream or download. They have lots of different instructors, and most classes have a 20 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute version available. Most of the 20 minute classes are FREE, and for $10 a month, you can stream unlimited classes and download four to keep. When you consider that most yoga classes are $15-$20 EACH, it is an incredible bargain.
Everyone should try to get a little namaste in their life! I know yoga helps me manage the mental and physical stress of living, teaching, wife-ing, and mothering. If you don’t think yoga is for you, check out this amazing inspirational video and reconsider your thoughts!