Over the last few months, I’ve been taking some time to pull back and concentrate on something I often forget is there: myself (cut to scene where Oprah reaches out and grabs my hand).
Now, I would like to say that getting really into introspection has helped me figure a bunch of important stuff out, but that would probably be a stretch…
…speaking of stretches, I’ve started getting into a daily yoga routine. Since I am a total newbie and can barely do any proper poses, I’ve found it really helpful to just embrace the fact that I am a total newbie at yoga that can barely do any of the proper poses.
I am tentatively calling this approach DO YOU ¿ YOGA—as in “you gotta just do you”, but also as in “do you?”. Except instead of a question mark it's the upside-down-Spanish-style-one (¿)—because then it's kinda like a question but also not, and also it kinda looks like someone doing a kneeling pose. Don't worry, the way it works is much simpler.
DO YOU ¿ YOGA | THE Step By Step—that's right, only 2 steps—Guide
•STEP 1 - Put on some nice tunes. To help, I’ve started a Spotify playlist that consists of 54 tracks you can throw on shuffle and get a chilled yoga vibe going as you mover from "Downward Dog" to that thing that I'm assuming is called "Upward Dog".
•STEP 2 - Lay out your mat (light a candle if you're a romantic) and using whatever level of yoga knowledge you currently have, get in the flow of whatever routine feels right with the music and your body. Y'know, do you.
NOTE: If you don’t have any yoga knowledge at the start, that's ok. I didn't either. Just jump over to youtube and watch a few videos. I’ve found Yoga With Adrienne to be a good one as she is pretty chill (and has a good "do you" mentality). Plus, she has Shakey Graves for her intro song, so what more can you ask for?
The key here is to use the videos to learn a few things that you can take back into creating your own routine. Maybe it's just me, but I found that when I was only following along with instructional videos, I’d end up cranking my neck trying to follow along with what's happening on the screen, all the while thinking thoughts like, “it sure doesn’t look like that when I do it”.
And that doesn't seem very zen.
Of course, it's important to learn new techniques and how to do things properly. But it’s equally important to experience closing your eyes and just connecting to the movements of the moment. Because those are the places where you'll realize "ooohhh… so that's yoga".
And the earlier you can get to that realization, the more likely you'll be to starting a regular habit. And that's when the magic powers come in to play (I'm assuming, have not made it to that level yet)
Jeremy // @HI54LOFI