I’ve been in a bit of an exercise rut lately. Ever since my running accident, I’ve been taking things easy and allowing everything to heal. Unfortunately, as we all know, taking time off from our routine usually leads to slipping into bad habits. I may be eating a few too many vegan cupcakes and watching a bit too much Netflix, but this past week reminded me of my former self and gave me the kick in the butt I needed.
In the Yoga Gangster training last Saturday, our instructor, Jodi Weiner led us in an hour and a half flow that made me fall in love with yoga all over again. Her sequence and words took me to a place deep inside my soul that was begging for reconnection. The class was packed with people and we were all breathing and moving together and it was glorious.
Also that weekend, I met another yoga instructor, Harvey David Chambers, who specializes in Budokon yoga. If you’ve never heard of it, Budokon yoga is made of the combination of the beneficial aspects of Yoga, Martial Arts and Meditation. I was very intrigued and decided to take his class on Sunday morning. What an experience!
First of all, the poses are very similar to the standard yoga poses but the movement is precise and purposeful. The martial arts aspect comes into play with the various hand positions and flow of the body. Although it was my first time, I was able to follow well because David is a great instructor. He’s an engineer by trade so I’m show this helps him think analytically about each movement and break it down in a way to communicate it well.
Despite a few mishaps on my part (falling on my butt as the others gracefully sat down) I was never intimidated or felt out of place. And it was tons of fun moving like a kung-fu master. The energy in the room was focused but friendly and again, I fell in love with yoga. Although Budokon is a variation of traditional yoga, the body/breath connection was present and that’s what yoga means to me.
These two unique and wonderful yoga experiences have reignited my flame to get back to a more consistent practice and being more active. I think my knee has healed about 90% so I don’t have much of an excuse. Do yourself a favor and take a class with David or Jodi. Take it from Einstein, ‘If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.’