I’m a rock climber. I want to get better at it, and having done it for a couple of years now, I’m beginning to realize where my weaknesses lie. Two of the biggest ones are balance and stability. I already climb 1 to 3 days a week. Any more than that and my fingers and wrists would probably fall off. So, I’ve been looking for good cross-training activities. My search has led me to yoga due to its emphasis on balance, stability, and the fact that I can do it in my pajamas. So, this week I started a 30 days of beginner yoga Youtube channel.
I’m on day 3, and it’s been going all right so far. I hate “shop talk” and specific terminology, so I don’t think I’ll ever call myself a yogi. The stretches and sustained positions have gone all right so far, though I found very early on just how weak my quads are. I’ve got about 5 seconds worth of runner’s lunge before I’m done. Beyond the exercises themselves, it’s been kinda weird. Apparently yoga is about breathing more than anything…or “the breath”…which I assume is some mystical way of saying breathing. It’s a bit odd trying to take deep breaths and relax while straining to hold my body in a position that seems designed for maximum complexity and minimum practicality in daily life. I’m sure there’s some mind-over-matter piece I’m missing here. I’m also apparently supposed to come with an intention…but thus far my intention is to make it through the 30 minutes so I can go back to not doing yoga. I’ve also been informed that joining my third eye to the earth helps me fully love myself, but I’ve yet to figure out what either of those things mean. I think it means putting my forehead on the carpet, but by that point I’m usually hating myself for being to cheap to buy a mat.
Anyway, I’m off to do more asanas, pranayamas, and other things that sound like Rafiki would hum before bashing Simba in the head. I have to do it now because I planned on doing it this morning, but I ended up saying namastay-in-bed instead. You’re welcome for sharing my practice.