Another Wild, Crazy Night Of Yoga Remote!

posted by Steve Allan - 

Last night Awesome Girlfriend Megan and I had another one of our "remote yoga dates," and it went great!  We tried a video that's new to us another YogaTX handle, her name is Cole Chance.  She showed us some stretches and breathing exercises we have not seen yet, and they were absolutely wonderful.  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.  Some of our friends who tease us ask how do we know that Meg and I are both doing the yoga since Facetiming isn't happening.  How about trust?  LOL.  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?  

Which of the Youtube videos has helped us the most?  So far we have tried AdrieneJen 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.  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 20 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.

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