Saturday, August 27, 2011

First Practice

This past week I found myself really becoming more aware of my position of my body in space. My spinal posture is something I was particularly more aware of. Standing in line at the dining hall, sitting in class, or just chilling at the dorm, my posture is absolutely terrible! I slump forward much more than I should. Whenever I was made aware of it I stood in mountain pose, but eventually I would slump back into my regular posture. I will need to work on this continuously throughout the semester.
I can't remember the name of the pose, but last night I practiced the forward bend in which our heads had to touch  the floor. My hamstrings were a little sore, but the stretch felt good. I also practiced the poses we learned on the first day. I think that electing to do the poses at night was helpful in relaxing me enough to get a more restful night's sleep.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Class

I have never blogged before, but I guess now is as good a time as ever. I have done yoga a couple of times before and really liked the way I felt afterwards. I volunteered at a psych ward this summer and yoga was a therapeutic class that was offered to the patients. It really did seem to help them better regulate their emotions and thoughts. I guess I chose to take this class for several reasons. I need this class to graduate this Decemeber, it had greater appeal to me than the other, and I'm interested in learning more about how yoga can improve my life. I hope I will be able to regulate stress better and ultimatley become a more balanced individual