Yesterday Awesome Girlfriend Megan had an even more hectic day than usual with her career at Rutgers. I'm so proud of how far she has come in her career just the past several years. Working single Moms know it sure isn't easy, especially on top of everything else that comes with the territory. We were hopeful to have another one of our "remote yoga dates," and it went great! Since we are still beginners, I just found this helpful starting guide for yoga at home.
Even though I've been targeting yoga for a few months, it's taken time for me to build up enough courage trying this. While I've always been a die hard fan of yoga pants (again, how lucky is Awesome Girlfriend Megan?) the art of yoga has been intimidating to me. Can merely breathing and stretching help me escape the at times extreme amount of pain my neck, shoulders and back have been in for over a year and a half? They say that trying new things together can be easier, so, Meg and I tried yoga together --- remote. How? We're very simple and primitive. While I'm at my place in Vernon, and Meg is at her place in Hackettstown, I text her the name of a yoga instructional video we find on Youtube. We even set aside a time for our yoga date, last night was at 7:00pm. The fun thing is now we're learning what we like and don't like, what to do and what not to do. I watch my laptop, Meg watches her iPhone.
Which of the Youtube videos has helped us the most? So far we have tried Adriene, Jen Hilman, and Paula Lay Yoga. While they both definitely helped us, Meg and I prefer Paula Lay Yoga and Adrine so far, as they seemed to have a stronger focus on breathing. We like that both of them were friendly for beginners such as ourselves. We enjoyed her a ton. Adriene gave us some new moves we haven't tried, especially for our chest which is a big part of the process. Meg and I are having fun trying this new thing for us, while exploring videos seeing what we prefer the most. Paula Lay Yoga, handle YOGATX, Meg and I went back to her last night, this quick one that was only 15 minutes, we are IMPRESSED! Hopefully, yoga will be my key in getting back to running. I miss running every single day.
Yoga can be very intimidating, especially when you're trying to get started. I've had several friends over the past few years rave to me about the benefits of yoga. From increased flexibility, to injury protection, and for me most importantly, stress relief, yoga has been gaining much popularity in recent years. Approximately 18 months ago, my stress built up pretty bad in my neck, shoulders and back. I apparently had some sort of stress attack in my sleep stemming from the neck down caused by angry, short, quick breaths. At first I listened to the advice of many saying that I just simply slept on my back wrong, and that it would go away soon. It still hasn't gone away from me. Within a few months, I tried out a chiropractor. While they were nice, and it did give me some help/relief, it wasn't nearly enough. Deep tissue massages have definitely helped me, especially for a few days after my session. I need a new practice that can help my mental health and stress long term.
My 1st ever attempt at yoga a few weeks ago, you can see here.
They have come up with 20 natural anxiety remedies, and I like them. I've been doing some of these more and more, ie, yoga made the list! I love firing up my lavender/chamomile candle, it seems to help me sleep as they claim those scents do. Most of these remedies are pretty easy to handle.
Steve Andrews was teasing me about this during our 8:50am feature. Couples are living apart and enjoying it. I am old school and would prefer living together with Awesome Girlfriend Megan someday.