I’m a big fan of yoga. Tried yoga back in the late 90’s after a spinal injury and at the advice of my Iron Man running Chiropractic doctor. At first I didn’t like it, but after about a month I fell deeply in love with yoga. I love how it makes me feel once I complete a class. And I fully believe it to be a necessary compliment to my heavy weight lifting and running. It’s the Yin to the Yang in my workout. I am also currently in the middle of yoga teacher training with the hopes of personally spreading my love of yoga to anyone who will listen.

This past weekend my husband and I participated in a Yoga Basics workshop. After almost a dozen years of yoga it seemed like a good idea to check in on the basics. And man was I right! It’s like driving, you are taught 10 & 2 on the steering wheel, but after years of driving, its one hand and a knee. You get either lazy or sloppy or just forgetful, but either way, you forget the basics.

We enjoyed a 3-hour workshop going over the intricate details of the basic poses found in Sun A and Sun B. We re-learned where our elbows should be on chaturanga (high to low plank). We re-learned the form and benefits of utkatasana (chair pose). We learned modifications for our much older shoulders and how to truly open our torso in twists. It was amazingly beneficial and I feel even more excited for my yoga practice. Because it’s not just going through the motions, it’s what you achieve while you are there.

There are so many hidden benefits of yoga and taking this basics workshops reminded me of that. If you are new to the idea of yoga or have been practicing for many years. You need to treat yourself to a yoga basics workshop. The benefits are immeasurable.

Chaturanga