In 2011 I felt the urge to begin a yoga practice. The first thing I did was look for books. I did a lot of research on yoga, to discover there are several types of yoga, Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Tantric, Bikram, and Yin. Is there more? Probably. I decided that I was interested in yoga for the apparent healing advantages and also for fitness. To be honest, I’m not sure what drew me to trying yoga. I didn’t know anyone who practiced it and it was a totally new thing for me. I found some books and decided that based on the descriptions Kundalini yoga and Power or Vinyasa yoga was to be my new learning challenge. So I watched a lot of videos and chose a style basically on the fluidness of the teacher, and if they had a soothing voice to them I chose Vinyasa Power Yoga. I ended up going with a 21 Day Yoga Challenge on DailyOM by Sadie Nardini. It’s pretty great and she’s written a book since.
I read somewhere that if you can do 10-12 sun salutations in a row then you are ready for practice, like a real yoga set. So that’s what I did. I picked up a book called Power yoga, learned Sun Salutations from that and practiced them until I could get to ten at good speed and flow. Once I arrived there I started a 21 Day Yoga Challenge which ultimately changed my whole life. I couldn’t stop practicing yoga and I actually caught myself asking why did it take me so long to do this?
I practiced religiously for next 10 months, nearly everyday, only missing one or at worst two days a week, usually over the weekend, and worked up to 2 hour practices.
Because I chose yoga for fitness and really found the physical changes and morphing of my body fascinating it wasn’t something I wanted to continue when I was pregnant. I tried really hard to keep practicing but it was so difficult to do that because the reward was in seeing my body transform. Being pregnant was like a reverse effect to that, and I found it extremely uncomfortable and frustrating that I couldn’t practice yoga in the same way as I had been. I wish I knew or someone told me about programs like MyYogaWorks Prenatal flows.
So it’s been about 4 years now and I never got back in to the daily practice. While I tried a bunch of times, had weekly private lessons for 2 months or so, grabbed a monthly membership, it just never happened long term. Life kept getting in the way.
Anyway recently discovered Kundalini Yoga and I absolutely love it, and started doing daily yoga again. I’m all about energy, information, energy bodies like the chakra systems, and our energy vibrations, including breathing, meditation, and yoga. It’s takes some serious mind mastering to hold a pose and do breath of fire for 2-3 minutes, but the reward after is so absolutely delicious. It’s the most amazing feelings and sensations to explore once the pose is released. And to my surprise I was interested in teaching it, but I’ll talk about that another time.
When I started practicing yoga, I learned how to do all the poses straight from a book on yoga. I had no idea about online communities like MyYogaWorks to help learn how to do the most commonly practiced poses like Down Dog, Plank, Lotus, and Prenatal poses. If you’re looking for online classes, look no further! Check out MyYogaWorks Online Classes. Try it for free for 2 weeks with this gift.
While I enjoyed Sadie’s 21 Day Challenge, once I got past the 21 days I was in search of much more. The cool thing about MyYogaWorks is you can preview classes and meet teachers. Meeting the teacher was really what helped me choose the style of yoga I was interested in, and I’m sure it will help you too!