In attempt to stay in shape, release stress and keep my posture in check, I decided to give yoga a try. Looking for a yoga studio was a workout in itself, let alone choosing what type of yoga. Did you know there are more types of yoga than Baskin Robbins has flavored of ice cream?
The options included something for animal lovers to paddleboard enthusiasts. Yes, it seems you can find a yoga class to fit almost everyone’s liking. Let me give you a few examples…
Nude yoga, believed to remove shame and negativity associated with the body and instills confidence in its devotees. I can only imagine myself doing the tree pose!
Cannabis Yoga! As cannabis becomes legal in different states, for medical and recreational purposes, you can now find classes that encourage smokers to get high and are slowly gaining in popularity. They claim you will, “Reach new levels of awareness through movement and marijuana.” Hmm, do you think they have milk and brownies at this class?”
Dog yoga, or doga, combines mediation, stretching and massage for dogs and their human partners. If I could get my dog up from his five-hour nap, I might give it a try.
Do you like loud music? Then Yoga Raves may be your thing.
If you’re the get on your high horse type, try Equine Yoga: “Find Harmony With Your Horse Through Movement And Breathing.” “I don’t have a horse, but cleaning up after one would do something for your breathing, don’t you think?
Tantrum Yoga: Screaming And Stretching For Better Health. So this is what our mothers did for years. Now they tell us its yoga!
Paddleboard Yoga: Float Your Way To Physical And Mental Strength. I can’t do the dog paddle, let alone stand on a board in the water and twist my body into something that looks like a pretzel.”
Karaoke Yoga: Channel Your Inner Rock Star. Karaoke yoga practitioners sing, dance, sweat and stretch their way to joy and physical fitness in a group setting. Sounds good but where did I put my earplugs?
I like vanilla ice cream because it natural and just plain basic. That is why I decided to try traditoinal yoga. After several private yoga classes, my instructor nudged me to try one of her group class.
As usual, in a rush, I did not read the schedule, showed up the next day a bit late for class. To my surprise, I was the best in the class. Even the instructor was impressed and kept looking at me. I was steadier with my poses then most and feeling a bit boastful. I made the right choice in basic yoga but not the right class! When I said goodbye to the instructor, feeling as if I had mastered basic yoga, she said, “I was surprised to see you today.” “Why?” “Because this was the class for those with Parkinson’s!”
I guess I do need yoga, and to slow down enough to read the schedule. Hmm, but maybe this was the right class to keep my ego in check! Namaste.
Written by Lynn McDonald