Friday, February 17, 2012


Yoga is hard. Beginning yoga is harder, because you have to wrench your neck around to watch the teacher to make sure your hand is on the correct side of your leg (it invariably isn't). Beginning yoga at home includes all of that, with the addition of a few added levels of difficulty:

1) make sure Mr Accident isn't shuffling down the corridor and unfortunately sees the rear view of my downward dog as his first daily impression of his loving wife;

2) stop the baby from pulling (or standing!) on my hair. It's tied back, but my fringe is in serious need of a trim. It's about to invade New Zealand; and

3) stop the toddler from using me as a tunnel. Especially when I'm lying down.

Do yoga people have grading belts or achievement badges or something? Cause I think I totally earned one this morning.


  1. Good for you in starting your yoga practice. I actually started yoga in a similar way (at home in front of my favorite Gaiam video). Yes your hands and feet and other body parts will be "wrong" at first, but of course yoga is (by definition) a practice. Practicing makes us better yet never perfect and helps us learn mindfulness and acceptance of ourselves and others. So give yourself your own achievement badge! You deserve it just for showing up to practice. Peace and blessings.

    1. Thanks Keya! Thats really encouraging. I figure showing up is 99% of the battle at this stage...

  2. Oh, I love the idea of grading belts or achievement badges for yoga! That really made me giggle.

    I've been doing yoga for about 10 months now and it has made such a difference. I got a bit frustrated for a while when there were certain poses that just never seemed to get any easier. And then I read this quote from here:

    "One of my favorite yoga teachers told me it took him years of yoga practice to touch his toes and when he finally did, his life wasn’t any better or worse than it was before. The joy isn’t always at the finish line. Beauty is not always found in completion."