I used to practice yoga casually by attending classes at the Y, as well as classes offered by the Toronto District School Board. The classes featured basic Hatha yoga poses, which I found challenging enough. Having been a runner for most of my life, I enjoyed the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the yoga class. I have to admit that it was difficult at first to adapt to the slower pace of yoga (vs. adrenaline-inducing running), but I soon came to look forward to the classes.
Then menopause hit and created hormonal imbalances that resulted in a significant weight gain. I stopped doing yoga since I found the poses too awkward and strenuous. In the past year, I was able to lose 40 pounds on the Keto diet. I am thrilled to have more energy, to be able to fit into my smaller-sized clothes and to just look and feel better. One of the items on my 2022 resolutions and goals list is to start practicing yoga again! Now since we are still in the pandemic, yoga classes are available only online at the moment. I decided to start off small by consulting a yoga book I bought several years ago (The Book of Yoga by Christina Brown) and choosing poses that I thought would be good for someone starting yoga again. You might also want to watch Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. She is the most popular yoga teacher on the channel!
Below are the beginner yoga poses I chose because I thought they would be easy. As you will see, my poses need a lot of work and correction lol:
Downward Facing Dog – Raised Leg Variation
The Downward Facing Dog with Raised Leg Variation pose opens up the quads, lengthens the spine and creates space for improved organ function.
My Downward Facing Dog with Raised Leg Variation was okay, but I shouldn’t have pointed my foot; it should have been flexed.
Revolved Triangle Pose
I really botched this one up. My left leg should not have been bent! Also, my left hand should have been in front of my left foot, not behind it.
Half Bound Lotus Forward Fold
The Half Bound Lotus Forward Fold pose strengthens and helps open the hips, and strengthens the hamstrings, shoulders and upper back.
I think I did this pose as best as I could.
Tree pose strengthens the ligaments and tendons in your feet and strengthens your core. It also improves your balance as the pose requires good posture and equal weight distribution. As an added bonus, Tree Pose tones the abs!
I am happy with my Tree Pose, but I need to work on raising my foot higher on my left thigh. I should be able to do this once I improve my balance.
Well, I obviously have to work on my beginner yoga poses, but I am happy I started doing yoga early in the new year. Do you practice yoga? What is one of your resolutions for 2022? Please let me know in the comment section.