I have been using exercise and stretching to reign in my stress levels. And predictably the stretching and breathing tend to be hideously boring after a couple of months. Okay, the conscious breathing bit is also annoyingly New Age and yet science backs it up, so I do it.
And no one has died or been taken to the hospital.
So, we’re going to call it a win.
But here’s the situation: I walk the same routes all week with the dog and I don’t get bored. Part of it might be because of the occassional person lounging in the park, the slow driving car, or dive-bombing owls and/or stalking by coyotes. My attention is engaged so I don’t become a statistic.
But stretching on a yoga mat, even when I reverse the order, it’s boring. And boring means I don’t do it as much as I should.
To get back into the routine, I started looking around for other routines. My oldest mentioned that I should try Yoga. She claimed she’d found an online one who gave her the courage to join a gym. Yoga? My first instinct is no thanks. But I’d actually been doing some Yoga poses and they weren’t so bad. My daughter also said Adriene, the Yoga instructor, is funny, occasionally falls over, and laughs at herself. So I thought I’d give it a try. Adriene referenced Mr. Burns in her intro to Yoga. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VI-BbATfLXo Awesome!
Her slew of other videos can be found here: https://m.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Which means, I’ll be trying Yoga for the next month or so. Thankfully, she has plenty of videos to test out.
Until next time.