March was Yoga 3-4 times a week. It was great. I love yoga and the practice. It has been my favourite month so far this year. I don’t feel any different in terms of flexibility or mobility, but I didn’t really do anything to measure it. I do feel better mentally, which for me right now is great.
I have been doing Hatha, and Restorative Yoga at a locally owned studio here in Whistler. Below are the definitions from the website of each practice.
Hatha Yoga is a system of yoga introduced in the 15th century in India. This particular system of yoga is the most popular, and is the one from which several other styles of yoga is derived. Hatha is utilized to achieve balance between body and mind, as well as attempting to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.
Restorative Yoga is thought of by many as “active relaxation”. It is specifically designed for when you feel fatigued, weak or stressed from daily life. The props used while practicing the various restorative yoga poses are designed to provide support and be conducive to total relaxation. Additionally, each of the restorative yoga poses moves the spine in all directions, putting into practice the ancient yoga idea that a healthy spine promotes well-being.
I started yoga when we moved to Whistler in October 2015 and I have to say it has really helped me mentally trudge through this thing called grief. The breathing (Ujjayi breath) during the practice helps bring your focus to you, for me it has helped my mind stay on track when it wants to wander. I frequently come back to the Ujjayi breath at home and of course in the practice.
I will continue to do yoga as long as my body lets me.