October 11th, 2014 by Jan

So, yesterday I took a yoga lesson.

Laura O’Rielly came over from town and generously shared her love and knowledge of yoga with me.

I have been a tai chi and qigong die hard for, uhm… 28 or 29 years. I never really liked yoga. I’ve even been known to uhm… make fun of it.

Q. What is the difference between tai chi and yoga?
A. The tai chi player is able to kick the yoga player in the head as they both practice inner peace.

Lately, I’ve been on a movement jag. I bought a thing called a Fitbit and in true obsessive fashion, I love this little gadget. It keeps track of my movement and encourages my practice. Everyday, I make a point to walk, jump around, sling the spear, or sword around, as well as practice form, qigong, or …. I’ll call it stretching — but it’s yoga.

If I keep this up, and stop making pie and eating cookies  – I could lose a few pounds. Plus, I feel great and sleep really well.

I’m still not a big fan of yoga, but I have to be honest, and say the best part of the lesson yesterday was… being a student. Closing my eyes and letting Laura guide me into a deep and lovely relaxed state was a true delight and it did feel really good.

I’m probably too much of a snob to join a tai chi or qigong class for that effect — but with yoga, I can play the beginner card, roll out the mat, close my eyes and hope no one kicks me in the head!

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