I've been feeling really crappy for the past week, and I always know that yoga makes me feel better, but of course, when you feel crappy, the idea of physical activity just isn't appealing, and that whole "get-up-and-go" part of self-care has always been the hardest part for me. Once I'm in a routine, I'm great at it. Not just great at the routine, but specifically, great at yoga!
I actually get really flexible, really fast! My last good round of yoga-ing, I had my heels on the floor in down dog and I could do all these poses:
|Ankle-to-knee pose image via shape.com|
|Eagle pose image via shape.com (this one is harder than it looks!)|
|Pigeon pose image via fitsugar.com|
|King dancer pose via shape.com|
If you're not a yoga type but want to try it (New Years Resolution time, right?), I highly recommend the first season of "Yoga With A View" to start. Colleen Saidman does a great job helping you learn poses and stretches, and when you're ready, the second season, with Hilaria Baldwin, is a nice step up. The workouts are only 20 minutes long, too, which is perfect for me.
This particular one is my favorite, and it's the one I did today:
Anyways, at the moment, I feel better than I have in a while, and I"m sure lots of that has to do with yoga, although the adorable attempt the kiddo made at playing "hide-and-seek" today sure didn't hurt.