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If you’re interested in trying yoga for the first time, it can be tough to know where to start.
Yoga has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years and there are a ton of great web sites, videos and resources. At the same time, all the choices and information can be a little overwhelming.
After being asked for some recommendations for good beginners videos, I did some digging and wanting to share a few that may be helpful.
You may have different preferences when it comes to yoga or any exercise program so first, here is the criteria I used for my research (especially since I think most of the people I’ve connected to on this blog are busy moms and already struggle to make time for ourselves):
- Around 20 – 30 minutes long.
- Good, clear instruction.
- Basic moves but still challenging.
- And upbeat, positive and calm teacher (no drill sergeants or super egos).
I guess this means the holiday season is officially upon us – yikes! But there are some good things ahead.
First, let me tell you about the interesting but fun Halloween we had with the toddler.
My son is very headstrong. Once he makes his mind up about something, it’s not easily changed. This year, he decided he would not be dressing up or trick or treating.
I thought he was bluffing. I was sure once he saw all the other kids in costume, he would want to join right in, especially with the crazy sweet tooth he has.
Nope. I was wrong.
Last night, I was starting to really feel it. My calves, thighs, arms; it seemed like every muscle was stretched and sore. A low ache that had been with me all day was beginning to speak a little louder so I decided to take the cue and give my body the morning off today, but only today.
I know the pain is the result of me slipping away yet again from my regular exercise habit and my recent re-committal to rising early for morning yoga before the rest of the family is awake.
Even though my muscles are complaining a bit now, I know this will pass as I get back in to my groove of daily practice and it’s worth it to me for too many reasons.
Life is unpredictable. Some days go smoothly, some are great and then some are really hard and stressful. Regardless of what comes my way, I know how I want to feel and that I want to be able to manage my emotions. I want to deal with whatever the day brings, calmly and with kindness and care.
A definite step in the right direction for my getting-back-on-track plan, I finally spent some much needed time with one of my therapists today, Kathy Kaehler. Ok, she’s not really a therapist but every time I spend a time with her, I feel sooo much better, mentally and physically both.