Please allow me to be unabashedly honest: I love yoga.
I’ve met a lot of people who think it’s a little bit hokey, or that it’s just not for them. And although I would hate to force it on anyone, yoga is sufficiently diverse that if you search long enough, you’re bound to find something about it that you like. Well, that’s what I think, anyway.
Yoga helps me stay balanced in my mind and my body. It makes me feel strong, graceful, centered, powerful, calm… all those clichÃ©d adjectives that people usually associate with yoga. It’s a way for me to escape from the day just a little bit, to take a break and tune out the things that are causing me stress. In a way, it’s a mini-vacation. Or, if you like, a mini-staycation. Whatever you choose to call it, I think you get my point.
The problem is, I don’t always make time for yoga. Even though I know how effective it would be to do just 20 minutes of yoga, I still tend to let it slip whenever I’m reaching a stress boiling point. And that’s what’s motivating not only this post, but the idea behind it: why don’t we all do a little yoga together? There’s often strength in numbers, and having a training partner (even a virtual one) can go a long way toward increasing accountability. So what do you say? A minimum of 20 minutes, two times a week?
You may already practice regularly, you may be considering getting back into it, you may never have tried a yoga pose in your life. No matter! Regardless of your level or yoga knowledge, you are welcome to play along on this one. And if you don’t like the idea of going to a yoga studio, you can always practice in the comfort of your own home with the assistance of any number of yoga DVDs, or yoga podcasts–websites like YogaVibes and YogaDownload are great, inexpensive resources for an at-home practice and even have videos you can follow if you’re less familiar with the poses.
We’ll report back on our accomplishments (and possible enlightenments) on a weekly basis. So that just leaves one question: are you down, dawg?*
*Oh come on, that was awesome.