I did 40 minutes of yoga today – 20 minutes after putting Gavin down for his afternoon nap and another 20 minutes after waking up with Gavin (I had to stop halfway because he woke up for milk and I sort of fell asleep while nursing him – oops!).
It has been a while since I last worked on this DVD and I do think I’m getting better at it. Although I still struggle to shift smoothly from cobra pose (Bhujangasana) to down-dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) – as in, I have to cheat a little (okay, maybe more than just a little). Another movement I struggle with is the Cat Movement (Ashtanga Namaskara), which, ironically, is supposed to be a simpler alternative to chaturanga – although I found that really hard to believe. At least until I discovered I’ve been doing chaturanga wrong all this time. Suffice to say I cheated my way through that one, too.
Although I was initially contemplating another series of yoga DVDs, I think I need to work more on my form and get the movements correct with the current series of DVDs I have now before moving on. After reading the descriptions for some of these poses, I’ve realised I haven’t really been doing them quite right. Trying to follow a video by listening to the words or while you’re half looking at the screen with your head twisted in at an odd angle isn’t exactly doing it right either.
While I was tempted to buy a hardcover book on Ashtanga Yoga from MPH that was selling at 50%, I’ve realised that there is an enormous resource on the web on yoga moves that are even better. They have videos and step-by-step shots to tell you exactly how to do each move. Now that’s definitely got to be better than a book with photographs that I’ll probably never read any way.
These are three yoga sites I like:
Yoga Cards – There’s a lot of free stuff you can download from this site, including yoga videos of yoga workouts you can do at home. I haven’t tried downloading anything yet, but it looks good.
ABC-of-Yoga – I like this site because they have a short cartoon that shows you how the pose is supposed to flow as well as pictures and detailed descriptions of the movement. They also tell you the benefits of each pose.
Yoga Journal – for details of poses you can’t find on ABC-of-Yoga, you’ll find them here.