Getting into the Yoga habit.There are just some things that you just gotta do for yourself.
I was sweating and heaving and groaning and shaking and holding on for dear life through the poses. And that was just the warm-up, by the way.
So, if my memory serves me right, the break-down of the video goes:
- 5 minutes of warm-up
- 30 minutes of weight-loss yoga (a combination of stretching, muscle-conditioning, and hard-core calisthenics)
- 20 minutes of abdominal/ core exercises
- 5 minutes of strength-training
- 5 minutes of cool-down.
Things Yoga gives me that I am thankful for:
- That unbelievable sense of balance on my feet as I move.
- The ease of movement flowing through positions in daily life: lying down squatting to standing to get off the bed, tight-squatting to standing as I get out of a crammed tricycle, sitting on the floor to standing, and so on. There is a precise, calculated sort of instinctive movement that was never there before.
- A keener understanding between true hunger, emotional eating, and boredom eating.
- The placidity of choosing healthful foods, and acceptance in pleasure and awareness when I enjoy sweets.
- The hint of a collarbone.
- Shoulders getting defined.
- Clearer skin.
- Better, better posture, just like my days in Theater.
- The cheeky bit of thinking that I feel more like an acrobat or dancer the more often I do this.
- The confidence that I am truly taking care of myself and getting better and getting there slowly, whether or not people see or acknowledge it.
A bit of me is hoping that it tells them you don’t have to be well-off or have loads of free time to do yoga, or exercise. It just takes some guidance, some planning, a lot of motivation, and a ton more of actual get-out-there-and-do-it perspiration. Self-acceptance and self-love works heaps, too, an essential to any fitness or weight-loss routine.
Well, then, I just need to keep going.