Recently, I changed up my exercise routine with yoga. Instead alternating running with weight training, I’m alternating running with yoga.
It’s a great way to work out, stretch and meditate a little, all at the same time.
I can’t do yoga properly without guidance so I have to have an instructor or at least a video to encourage me to try a tricky pose or hold a pose longer.
Some yogis encourage you to hold an intention during class. So today I intended to be present in the moment and celebrate that I made it to Friday!
Recently, I had the opportunity to do yoga on the beach. On the beach! For a native Minnesotan, this was the definition of novel. The sun shone brightly, a breeze was blowing, I focused my eyes on a horizon where I could see only sky and water. Wow. I marveled at my luck. Who cares if I couldn’t hold a pose as long as the 20something teaching the class?! This was special.
That’s the kind of opportunities I seek out when I’m away from home. I feel like I really experience a place when I’m running its streets or breathing its air. It’s more real than sight seeing — better than taking a picture, though sometimes I do that, too.
Here’s a shot of what I saw in my shavasana pose — total relaxation.