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So, I’ve decided to try doing yoga.

There are a variety of reasons why, and I know how helpful stretching is for me and my back so I figured why not.

Instead of signing up for a class and going somewhere, I’ve decided to try the at-home route.  I know my schedule and figured it would be easier to fit it in at home when I can, then to try to get to a place in time for a class.  Plus there isn’t the pressure of trying to keep up with a class full of people and I can do things at my own pace and comfort level.

I asked @chelstalkssmack for some suggestions for apps to use for at-home yoga for beginners and she came through.

I did my first session today via the Cody app – the Mini Class: Vinyasa from Patrick Beach.  (Note: the app is free to download, and the plan I purchased was $14.99 for 12 classes that I can redo and cycle through at my own pace)

After my first session, I realized a few things:

1. It feels good to get my heart-rate up and stretch out my hamstrings but holy crap do I need this.

2. Best part of the class was when his cat walks through and lays down to watch

3. I need a yoga mat because my living room area rug is not fun to kneel on nor is my hard wood flooring.

Now, to be clear, this isn’t going to turn into some sort of “zomg I am becoming a fitness junkie and will post all of the food I eat and exercises I do on all social media platforms all of the time” type of thing.  I’m honestly doing this yoga thing for me and as a way to help me relax and focus.  As with anything in life, if you aren’t doing it for yourself, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing it – bending and changing because of another person’s view of how you should or shouldn’t isn’t healthy or sustainable.

Now time for my regularly scheduled Memorial Day plans – bbqing, sitting in my yard, and enjoying time with some good people.



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