Yes, I’m writing this post again. Even though I said I’d never let my yoga go. Even though I hate starting over. Even though I did a 30 day yoga challenge just so this would not happen. It happened.
I can make excuses, good excuses. But they don’t make sense. I love running and even though it has been hot and humid and miserable, I’ve managed to keep going. I love yoga almost as much, and I’ve let it go.
It has been about a month since my last yoga class, and even before that I’d been slipping from most days of the week, to twice, to once.
Since writing about it is apparently the only way I can inspire myself to practice yoga at least somewhat regularly, here I am.
So today I am very proud of myself because I did, wait for it, 20 minutes of yoga! It doesn’t sound like much, but, first of all, I am so happy that I did it, and second, it was hard! I did a 20 minute Balancing Flow audio from YogaDownload.com, and boy did I notice that not only had I lost some strength, my balance was much poorer. In only a month! So, it’s back to work.
I love going to my favorite studio, Yoga Central, whenever I can, but sometimes their schedule does not align with mine. That is why I love Yoga Download so much. The instruction is great, you can choose the type, length, and level of your class, and play it whenever you want. So, since Yoga Download inspired me today, I thought I’d share my favorite audios with you.
In no particular order:
Yoga for Runners (60 min): The is a great class for strengthening and stretching all those “running” muscles: hamstrings, quad, calves, hips (oh yes, hips), plus providing balance by strengthening your upper body.
Power Vinyasa Flow #5 (60 min) Imaginative flowing moves are the highlight of this well taught class. Clear concise instructions make this challenging class very doable (plus you have your pose guide if you’re not sure about an asana).
Lunchtime Flow #1 (30 min) In spite of the name, it’s perfect for any time of the day when you only have a half an hour to practice.
Core Yoga #1 (20, 30 & 60 min) Just exactly what it says, even the 20 minute class is tough.
Power Vinyasa Flow #3 (60 min) What can I say, I love the power flow classes.
Hip Opening Flow #2 (60 min) This is the class you will love to hate, especially if you have tight hips.
Power Yoga #2 (75 min) The is the perfect class when you want a challenge and need to spend a little longer practicing.
Sun Salutations Flow #2 (30 min) A great way to start the day, or anytime you have 30 minutes to greet the sun.
Restorative Yoga (35 min) Ahhhhhhh. Enough said.
Hanumanasana Flow (60 min) I couldn’t do the splits even when I was very young. I still can’t, but working with this class is about as close as I’ll ever get.
While I tend to love Vinyasa, there are also classes for Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha, and many, many more. They even have Pilates classes! The 20 minutes classes are usually free and all classes come with a free pose guide. And while I always use the audio classes, they do have videos too.
This may sound like an advertisement, and yes, I am an affiliate, meaning I make a few dollars if you join, but I have not received anything from Yoga Download. I paid for my own membership and all my words here are my own. I do hope that if you choose to join, you will either use the ad link in the side bar, or this: YogaDownload.com
So, now that I’m back again, I plan to hit April’s class on Saturday and just keep on going. While daily yoga is a lofty goal, I’ll be happy if I practice two or three days a week. Small steps, you know?