Remote Yoga Date We Weren't Ready For, Yet

Last night Awesome Girlfriend Megan and I had another one of our "remote yoga dates," and it was good!  We tried Cole Chances again and clicked on a longer video that was approximately 30 minutes as opposed to our normal 25.  I told Meg my back and neck are so bad I could use a 3 hour yoga video, lol.  While Cole was terrific per usual, this video was too advanced for Meg and me.  She had us do some good, deep stretches that we definitely enjoyed.  One thing that has been interesting to us is the way Internet searches work.  Since Meg watches these videos on her iPhone and me on my laptop, sometimes different options appear.  I now text her the link of our yoga video we'll try.  

Monday night, we meant to try that same video we did last week with that 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.  Instead, I apparently goofed.  I searched on youtube for "best neck and shoulders," saw Cole and clicked on her video.  It was a different video, and also TERRIFIC!  Cole gave us some great stretches (do I sound like we're in a cult when saying this?) that Meg and I both enjoyed big time!  

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 7:30pm.  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 Adriene, Jen Hilman, Paula Lay Yoga, and Cole Chance.  While they both definitely helped us, Meg and I prefer Paula Lay Yoga, Adriene and Cole Chance 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.  

These are wonderful tips for both doing yoga in a studio class and at home.

My 1st ever attempt at yoga a couple months ago, you can see here.

We know it's of course cheaper to drink at home.  Bars work for the social factor, that's the biggest reason we go to them.  Are you telling me that the biggest reason for almost a quarter of millennials not wanting to do bars is because it's too much effort?  Are you serious?  Fortunately, that's not the majority.  While it's cheaper to drink at home and you don't have to drive, I still LOVE bars.  I moved here 4.5 years ago for career after living in Boston my whole life, not knowing a single person here.  I went to bars in an attempt to make new friends.  Making friends with bartenders when you're new can be absolutely clutch.  They can help introduce you to other regulars and even more new friends.  When I'm asked whether the answer is going out or drinking at home, my answer is BOTH.  I'm a proud equal opportunity employer.  


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