Thursday, January 17, 2013
I went to my first yoga class when I was a sophomore in high school. It was run by one of the teachers there, and it was seriously amazing. I was basically a stress-case in high school, and being forced to relax was the greatest thing ever. Corpse pose was the first time I'd realized that I could take some time to myself, away from work, and just exist without thinking or worrying. I was hooked, and have taken classes on and off since then.
We recently joined a gym that has branches right near the apartment and my office, and so I've started taking yoga there again. It's a lot harder than some of the other classes I've taken, but everyone is welcoming and open, and I never feel pressure to do a pose that isn't working for me, so usually I take things slow and just tinker away at the poses I find difficult.
But today, I had a small breakthrough, and I wanted to share it here. After never being able to move smoothly between an upward dog and a downward dog, I seem to have somehow managed it today. I know my arms are getting stronger, because I can finally hold a plank, and this must have translated into my upward dog. Because I have a very tight lower-back and not a ton of arm strength, I've always found this pose hard, but today, I was able to lift my legs up completely, and then push up through my toes without bringing my knees to the ground, for the first time ever. It may not sound like a big deal, but for me, it was huge, and it absolutely made my day.