Wednesday, July 24, 2013
#WIWW: I Did Yoga!
People probably assume because I'm sorta crunchy that I do yoga. Nuh uh. I've done it off and on over the last few years, but I could never get over the hump of sucking enough to do it regularly. The suffering of these scrawny arms and bony wrists makes me squeal during downward dog. I tend to be uncoordinated, inattentive to vocal cues, and surprisingly forgetful of the distinction between my left and right. I'm a hot, whiny mess!
Even greater than the physical challenges is the mental challenge. My inner dialogue wells up and things get nasty. It says I'm weak and stiff. It says I'm not as good as everyone else in the room- people who seem to glide through the flow like pros. My mind tells me I'm foolish for trying.
I'm not used to doing things I'm terrible at. I guess that's why it's important that I keep up with yoga and try to go to a class at least once a week. I found Now Yoga, a studio that's about a 5 minute bike ride or 15 minute walk from my apartment. The space is light and roomy. The instructor Guisep was kind and positive. Despite the fact that I can sometimes be a jerk to myself, I had a good experience. I look forward to going back and confronting my inner bully soon.
Hair: Chunky two strand twists pinned back into a knotty updo. (Prettiest and most sweat-friendly natural hairdo I've ever exercised in!) // Tank & Shorts: Old Navy // Socks & Sneakers: Columbia // Handmade Ceramic Earrings: Maboue // Recycled Rubber Bracelets: Made in Mali, available via Made With Love and at Sustainable NYC // Colorful Bracelet: from Burkina Faso, available at One World Projects // Yoga Mat Bag: Handmade in Guatamala by Upavim, purchased at Sustainable NYC
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