Pre-pandemic, I was an avid yogi, practicing five times a week at my local studio, Village Yoga, which is a more athletic vinyasa studio. I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance-accredited instructor training program just before the pandemic hit.
But then, everything changed.
For the first few months during lockdown, I tried doing some online yoga classes, because I was being super COVID-cautious. Before long, though, I dropped out of yoga completely.
Two months ago, I tried virtual yoga classes again but it just wasn’t working for me. Why?
I wasn’t being honest with myself.
I struggled to be fully present at home: I was too busy multi-tasking, checking text messages and emails, and taking breaks during the practice.
It would take me several hours to do a one-hour class – I’d do 30 minutes, get distracted by another task, and tell myself I’d resume the second half of the class later. But it never happened.
I became complacent. And I wasn’t challenging myself to advance my practice.
Yoga is such a personal thing. For some people, it’s functional fitness: The practice builds strength, flexibility and agility for sports and everyday life, plus it prevents injuries.
For others, yoga brings calmness and challenges you. The gentle poses have a calming effect, while the more difficult poses take you outside your comfort zone to find your edge.
And for some people, yoga is the ultimate mind-body experience: It’s perfect for Type A people who think yoga is too slow and boring compared to cardio workouts. I know this because I used to be one of those people. Yoga has taught me balance, equanimity, harmony, patience and joy. I’ve learned how to focus and be present.
Regardless of the intent, I think this quote really hits the mark:
Practicing yoga is all about the journey, not the end result. It’s about creating a space where you can see yourself as you are. In fact, the poses represent the various situations and obstacles we encounter in life: Some are easy to master, while others force us to push through discomfort.
Last week, I finally returned to the mat in the Village Yoga studio. Running my home-based virtual Conference Wellness business, I realized I needed more structure and routine in my life.
I made a three-day-a-week commitment to yoga, balanced with other forms of exercise including dance, swimming, cycling, and pole walking.
Right away, I noticed huge benefits to my in-person yoga classes:
I pursued the yoga instructor course for my own personal growth, and the desire to integrate yoga into my professional speaking business -- I keep attendees engaged and energized throughout my talks with seated and standing yoga poses.
My knowledge has helped me craft my library of video yoga micro-breaks (bedtime and desk jockey yoga), which are used at virtual and hybrid meetings, as well as at workplaces.
Here’s a sneak peek of one of my yoga micro-breaks which comes with a downloadable tip sheet with images and descriptions of each of the 5 standing yoga poses.
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