Just breathe …

Yoga class was a treat this morning. Even more than normal.

I took a friend with me.

Our friends Stefanie and Aaron are in town along with their teenage son and 4-year-old son. They are on their way to Disneyland. But stopped in the Bay Area for a couple of days.

Anyway, Stefanie and I went to the 9 a.m. Hatha yoga class with Vickie. Normally I take the 10:45 Vinyasa class with Ashley. But on occasion I take Vickie’s Sunday class.

It was nice to take a friend along with me. And Vickie thought we were related.

Today we focused on breathing, especially in our diaphragm. We focused on opening our sides and breathing through the muscles in our ribs, our intercostal muscles. The breathing exercises we worked on helped us open up our kidneys as well.

I love when I learn something new about my body in yoga class.

Over the years of practicing yoga I have learned many breathing techniques. I learn how to breathe when I am nervous or stressed or scared. And it really helps calm me.

Vickie makes us work hard. But we are always rewarded. She likes to throw in a … Continue reading

Learning so much with yoga sub

The 10 a.m. yoga class had a sub. Like most regulars I get used to the same yoga classes with the same instructors. But I am almost always OK with a sub as you learn something new or have a new experience. (Sometimes that is not the case. But at Namaste there has never been a sub I haven’t liked.)

Ai (pronounced I) taught class today. She was awesome. The practice was great. And she gave so many amazing tips while teaching us. I am going to try to remember them to share with you: