Yoga for Newbies
It’s Not Just for Hippie Pretty People
I used to think yoga was for skinny, new age, mystic hippie, pretty people. Yeah, that about sums it up. But, one day, something crawled up my cranny and I got the idea that maybe I would try it. I was searching for something, ANYTHING, that would bring me some joy and peace, and it was then that I felt it…the yoga bug. It crawled all over me like an ant on watermelon.
I set out to find a good video to watch, because I was much too frugal and lazy to actually go to a studio. Besides, the people who go to studios are ALL skinny chicks in cute yoga pants, right? Oh geez. I had A LOT to learn. I found a great video by Rodney Yee https://goo.gl/images/4zEd8m, bought myself a yoga mat (ugly brown, but good padding), and cleared a space in my office. It was time to hide in my new zen space and do this thing called yoga.
Rodney taught me how to breathe and how to align my posture properly. He showed me that guys do yoga too, and he was quite good at it. The fact that he filmed the video on the beach didn’t hurt either. If nothing else, I could see some blue water and hear an occasional wave, so my money wasn’t totally wasted. I even tried to get Mr. Mantastic, my nearly perfect hubby, to try it. Sadly, he wasn’t as hooked as I was, but oh well. I followed along with the video for a few weeks, and then let it go. I’m pretty sure I “got busy,” and had more important things to do. Or so I thought.
Fast forward a year or so. That video was still in my dvd player and the visible case was taunting me. I was a very unhappy classroom teacher yearning for the next piece of my life’s journey to begin. I needed a bigger purpose. Maybe not bigger, but definitely different. Something was calling me strongly, but I just couldn’t hear it very well. I attended a yoga class with a friend one day, and the instructor was a high school teacher who was literally teaching her last day in public school the next day. DING! The light bulb went off! If she can do it, so can I! I felt like I had nearly won the lotto! It was pretty much right then and there that I decided I HAD to become a yoga instructor! That could be my ticket out of the public school classroom, but still allow me to do what I was passionate about: TEACH!
Within a day or two, I found the most incredible course taught by presumably the BEST teacher in the state. I emailed her for info on how to apply for the class, and by some miracle I was soon accepted. Most of the students were lifetime yogis and instructors pursuing further education and certifications. I was accepted because of my certifications in energy work, the journey I had been on with my son’s childhood cancer, and the impact both had toward learning my true life’s purpose. The rest is history, and just about six months later I was certified as a 200hr therapeutic yoga instructor.
I spent a bit of time facilitating a class for employees at one of our local hospitals, and then started to teach for a very short time in my home. None of this was right for me, though. I was pretty bummed, but I had absolutely no regrets about my learning or the money I had invested in me. I let my practice go for awhile, but eventually the yoga bug bit again. I decided it is time to share my thoughts and experience with my readers, so here we are!
Creating a blog series for yoga newbies became one thing I knew would scratch my yoga itch, so here it is for your enjoyment. In this short course, we will explore some of my top misconceptions about yoga (I promise it isn’t just for skinny chicks who look amazing in tight yoga pants!), beginner poses and flows, the proper method for breathing, the why and how of savasana, and more. I’ll even answer your burning question, “Nidra WHAT?” You will have special access to a few of my favorite pose how-to’s and I’ll include a few other surprises along the way.
If you have ever pondered beginning a yoga practice of your own, I believe you will find this to be a beneficial series. I won’t bore you with the complete history of yoga and use fancy schmancy terms, but I will share an important tid bit or two to help you understand how yoga can and will have a positive impact on your life. I do hope you will follow me on this journey. If yoga is whispering to you, and you want want to learn a little more, please check back soon to follow this special learning series.
Namasté! -daelyn marie
The crazy me in honors and sees the crazy in you!
No, really, translated roughly, it means “I bow to the God within you”, or “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you.”