In fact, I took the first yoga class I’ve ever actually enjoyed less than a month ago.
What made this particular class different? The instructor.
The class I loved was a power yoga class and the instructor did her best to offer modifications for those of us in the class who did not possess Cirque du Soleil-type flexibility.
She offered the modifications by giving suggestions, and didn’t make me feel inadequate for not having the ability to get into the positions some of the more experienced people in the class could easily hold for an extended period of time.
The instructor offered the modifications by saying things like, “Maybe today you’ll grab on to your big toe and extend your leg out in front of you (yeah right), or maybe you’ll simply cross your leg over your knee and hold your balance (that’s more like it!).”
Aside from the amazing instructor, I loved the class because of the amazing stretch I felt through my hips when I held the pigeon pose.
Yoga Pose May
When I heard about Yoga Pose May, a blog-wide challenge featuring a new yoga pose daily (coordinated by Kate and Tina), I immediately signed up to cover the pigeon pose, since my love for the hip-releasing stretch was quickly blossoming.
A tutorial as to how to properly get into the pigeon pose may be found here.
For the visual learners out there, here’s a glimpse of the pigeon pose, Julie-style:
Here’s a glimpse of the real pigeon pose:
(Note: It is extremely difficult to snap a picture of yourself in a yoga pose using the self timer on your camera. With only 10 seconds to get on the ground and get into the pose, I think I may have pulled my groin a good seven times trying to get this shot. And yes, that’s the best I could do. ;) )