Downward Dogging It


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 I started practicing yoga about three years ago when I was pregnant with my little girl. It was love at first breath. What other exercise allows for a ten minute rest time (Savasana)? To be forced to relax for ten minutes is the best thing ever!

Unfortunately, I have fallen off the yoga-love wagon. It started a few months ago when my yoga buddies started taking classes at a different time than me. I finished off the session I was enrolled in and I have not attended since June.

In my mind, I thought I could maintain my enjoyment of yoga at home and put the money saved towards something else. I thought I would do one of my many yoga DVDs that I have at home or I could practice yoga using the Wii. I was lying to myself. I’m not motivated to do anything more than a lotus (cross-legged) pose while sitting on the floor with my daughter. Oh, and the money saved, I don’t know where it is or what it went towards.

There’s something special about going to a yoga studio. Perhaps it’s the fact that the classes are uninterrupted… time for me. Perhaps it’s the gentle hands-on guidance of a great yoga teacher. Or maybe it’s the ambience of gentle music, stunning artwork and flickering candles on the windowsills of the room. Whatever it is, I am desperately missing my yoga classes.

I’m starting to feel the effects of a life without yoga. I’m tired, my body feels stiff, I get frequent headaches, I don’t feel as fit, my mind is cluttered with useless meandering thoughts and I get stressed more easily.

So, I’m not going to dog it anymore. It’s time to dig out the yoga clothes, unroll my mat and take a few deep breaths.

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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