Monday Night’s Yoga (5/03/10)
Because I am prone to stiffness and back pain, I try to do yoga at least two times a week. I like to do yoga sessions in between cardio work-outs—it’s a nice break and it helps to undo all the soreness that cardio can induce. I’ve been doing yoga for years now, and I do believe that it’s made me stronger and leaner. But the reason I continue to do it is for peace of mind.
I’m really enjoying the Hatha yoga work-outs offered by yogadownload.com. They are the most relaxing yoga work-outs that I’ve tried yet! I usually do them at night just before bed. I get the best sleep after Hatha yoga.
Last night I did Gentle Hatha Yoga #1, an old favorite. I started my yoga session feeling agitated about an e-mail exchange with a friend and the deeper issues underlying it. My mind kept drifting back to its agitated state even as I tried to breathe my way to peacefulness. Let go, I urged myself. Just let go. But sometimes my mind is like a dog with a bone, and it just can’t drop it. So I continued to breathe and stretch, and it felt good. By the end, even though I never managed to let go, I did feel better—more peaceful, more relaxed—and afterward I slept like a rock.