Yoga. I am sure that that word conjures up lots of different images for people everywhere. I still remember the first class I ever took. It was in a hot room (about 100F), I forgot a towel, sweat dripped from every pore on my body onto an old grey sweatshirt and soaked it thru and thru. I must have stopped 10 - 15 times to look at the clock and wonder when the hell the class was going to be over, because 90 minutes seemed like 90 minutes too long, and I could not stop my mind from thinking about everything and anything. It was not zen, it was not peaceful, and it was definitely not something that I wanted to rush back into anytime soon. But when I left the studio, I felt lighter (probably from the 5lbs of water that I shed), and my mind felt clearer (quite possibly from the thinking that occurred and all the thoughts that sweat out of my pores). In any event, I figured that I needed to try it again, because I was sore the next day. Really sore, which in my mind meant that it did something to me that my other fitness activity was not doing. So on and off for several years I would take a class. I listened to the instructors, each with their own philosophy on life about how each one of us should go about our own lives. I would listen, but not pay too much attention to what each particular move really meant. Nor would I pay much attention to the intentions of yoga.
And speaking of balance, when you are standing there, on your mat, it is important that you are comfortable when balancing. The foundation can often come down to your comfort level (or it can for me anyway). SO now, more than ever, I have it all figured out. I recently purchased a brand new yoga mat that will bring everything into focus - my energy, my balance, and I am pretty convinced that I will be able to master crow pose as well.
On Sunday, while perusing the aisles at SOWA, I stopped by the Lotus Pad booth to check out the mats. I have followed her on Twitter, and checked out the website, but it is hard to know what you are buying sometimes unless you really get to see it... and I did. These mats rocks. They are soft, colorful, light, and the owner rocks. The mats are reversible, so depending on your mood, you can change the color. Kate, the owner, is fantastic, and you should really check out her blog too! Check these mats out...you will be happy you did!
Kate - owner of Lotus Pad Yoga Mats