The yoga studio where I’ve been taking classes tried social distancing through limiting class sizes when this started, but then came the stay at home order. Unfortunately, places of yoga are considered nonessential, even if teachers and students gear up like the yogi/yogini in the above picture. In that light, they switched from physical classes to an online platform that other business avail themselves of for meetings in these days of COVID-19.
Which is nice, but between my techno-squeamishness and that the platform in question has been subjected to hacking and malware attacks, I decided to go on sabbatical.
My pass will be good until sometime in September. I will join them physically then. Until then, I’m continuing my practice solo with online videos or making it up as I go along. If you’re looking to do the same, check out Yoga with Adriene. She does a great job cueing, explaining, and leading you through the journey of your daily practice. Benji the Blue Heeler frequently joins her.
I wanted a little variety this morning, so I tried a vinyasa flow from an instructor I chose at random from a YouTube play list.
Bad idea. If done well, vinyasa practices help you push yourself a little bit into doing something you don’t feel comfortable doing. While the bulk of the poses are based on sun salutes and are a bit on the repetitive side, a good teacher will find ways to change up the poses a little to keep the students interested and focused while offering modifications for different experience levels and abilities. If not, it’s just boring and feels like a gym class from hell.
This video was in the latter category. I was at the point of no return when the irritation struck so I didn’t turn off that in favor of another one. And I couldn’t flip her off because several of the poses (downward dog, plank, low lunge) require hands for balance.
I stuck it out.
I did get a few endorphins going. I did feel pleasantly stretched.
But at least I know for next time.