Week 89: Yoga @ the Park
Time is one of my barriers to yoga practice these days. It is probably the most often "excuse" I hear as an exercise physiologist when encouraging people to be physically active. I can definitely relate now with a newborn and toddler!
This week I was able to insert some impromptu yoga into my visit to the park. With a warm, sunny day, a walk to the park was in order. I perched my stroller beside a park bench (don't worry, hubby was with toddler) and started my practice.
In the five or so minutes I had, I used the park bench to support three to four poses. As I recently wrote, using a chair (or park bench) can be very supportive to multiple poses. The two poses that gave me most what I needed were downward facing dog and modified pigeon pose.
It just seemed natural to fall into downward facing dog. My back, shoulders and chest have taken a beating of sorts lately especially with late, late night feedings. The park bench was the perfect height for hand placement and as I pushed my hips back, I soon realized I was at the lip of the play ground surround. This allowed for my heels to drop below the level ground which was ideal for a deeper calf stretch. Ahhhh...
Fold forward with one leg on the bench, I moved into modified pigeon pose. One leg at a time I was able to give my tight hips a nice release thanks to the park bench.
So, in my mind, I won't use time as an excuse as I did fit it...and every bit counts, right?
Practicing what I preach!
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Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.