Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Yoginis Have More Fun

Saturday, August 1, 2015, I started doing Yoga!

#Namaste Look at my #TurkeyLegsHamsThigh tho. Looking like southern meat! lol  

I've noticed a few things about myself. I have to actively be engaged in something to feel like I'm doing something with my life. And for the past couple of years now I vowed that I would learn a new skill every year. Last year was letting go of fear and learning faith which led to me leaving Memphis and moving to Atlanta. This year it's Yoga!

 I thought about it for months and months and never acted on those thoughts, as I thought I was just entirely too heavy to be folded up like a pretzel! lol. Untillllll I searched #PlusSizeYoga on Instagram just out of curiosity. I was amazed to actually see some big bone sistahs folding, bending, and actually doing yoga poses. I thought to myself, If they can do it, I can surely try! 

Leaving Walmart after Purchasing my Start-Up supplies

And thats what I did as soon as a left Walmart. I went and picked up an alignment mat, and some yoga socks. Lets talk about the socks, lol. Ok, so I HATE being barefoot; something about it feels monkey-ish or slave-ish to me :( So when I saw the yoga socks that also helped with balance I fell in love. But I forgot one thing: my toes are short! Ugggh. Plus it feels weird to have each toe separated in a sock. 

My main purpose for trying yoga was for the flexibility. I could feel age creeping up on me, and could hear my body's cry for some type of activity. But after I studied the different types of Yoga I became attracted to  it more after I saw men, children, pregnant women, and elderly people doing yoga. I began to look at is a lifelong thing that I could do with my family, my future hubby, as well as my future child/children. I really  looked at it as one of those activities that I could do with ANYBODY... I'm so excited, I can hardly wait to meet a man who is interested in doing yoga with me. OMG that is going to be so sexy and fuuuuuuun ( wink, wink) I also like the fact that Yoga is not one of those fast paced workouts. It's more mental and relaxing. I like that. Who knows, one day I'll get back to teaching Aerobics again ( Line dance aerobics to be exact) but right now I'm on my yoga kick. I'll be so glad when my body flexes and I'm able to do the poses. This beginner stage sucks, considering the fact that not a flexible sistah by default :(
But give me a minute, or a few months, its going dooooown!)

 At this time I'm not really interested in standing on my head or anything, I'm more intersted in what I call "Safe Poses". I'm not trying to break my damn neck. I'm too goofy and accident prone right now. lol. I need to be level to the ground. lol. But hey, years from now, who knows....Damn, I'll probably be too old for all of that by then.... So we'll just have to see where this thing takes me. I'm soooooo excited.

Day 1 Bout killed me! lol

For now, i'm interested in:

Anusara: ... Often described as Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with a sense of humor.... meant to be heartfelt and accepting. Instead of trying to fit everyone into standard cookie-cutter positions, students are guided to express themselves through the poses to their fullest ability.
Kripalu: ... teaches you to get to know, accept, and learn from your body. It starts with figuring out how your body works in different poses, then moves toward postures...
Viniyoga: ... individualized practice in which yogis learn to adapt poses and goals to their own needs and abilities.... means differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. Instead of focusing on stretching to get strong and flexible, viniyoga uses the principles of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). PNF simply means warming up and contracting a muscle before stretching it. This decreases your chance of injury
*Info copied from MindBodyGreen.com*

I think this may be my longest blog post ever. Can"t you tell I'm excited :)

I even recorded a video while driving. Don't do that, its dangerous!

Stay tuned!
... Chrisy Chris...