WOW 4 months already! Time flies when you are having fun and stretching it out! For #EDTC300 we were required to learn something new that may or may not have sparked joy in us. For my #learningproject I decided to dive into the art of yoga. The decision to do yoga was fuelled by 2 things.. 1) Not having to spend anything on equipment or materials and 2) wanting to become a more nimble human.
Comparing my week 1 results to my week 13, I completed some basic moves to test how my flexibility has improved over the semester. As you can tell from below, there is improvement! I am still not near I want to be but everyone starts somewhere. In the first comparison I was shocked that I can now not only touch my toes but grab the bottom of my feet. The second photos I can now place part of my hands on the ground!!
In my first post This is going to be a bit of a stretch I discuss the importance of keeping up my physical wellbeing as I am getting older … approaching 23 OLD I KNOW! But in looking after myself it is less about excelling at one sport but feeling good in my body and increasing my energy.
Throughout the project I tried to find multiple online platforms to help me during my process of yoga. There were definitely some platforms that I enjoy more than others and often kept going back to! Hands down my favourite source I found was Yoga With Adriene on YouTube which was recommended to me by a friend. Lets take a look at my yoga journey through a weekly breakdown.
- To begin my research I went to Twitter and found some great resources and articles such as, Yoga Journal , “The Best Type of Practice for Each Phase of Your Menstrual Cycle and 5 Yoga Moves to Practice Daily for Everyday Core Strength these articles gave quick, easy to follow steps!
- For this week I went to yoga, luckily my search wasn’t extensive due to taking recommendations through others! I found myself subscribing to Yoga with Adriene and completing 7 minute bedtime yoga video. I also wanted to go into why one should practice yoga before bed, thanks to an article by DoYouYoga I found 5 benefits. Below is my time-lapsed video of bedtime yoga.
- After researching benefits of doing bedtime yoga, I was curious about all the benefits of yoga. This post consisted of how others can do yoga, why we should do yoga and where do to yoga in YQR.
- For convenience I look at some apps that can be downloaded to our devices, the best one I found was DownDog. Although later found out you can only complete X amount of series then you have to pay…
- Why should we practice yoga? The article 13 benefits of Yoga that are Supported by Science looks at peer reviewed articles that support the benefits such as relieving anxiety, reduce inflammation and relieving migraines along with 10 more.
- Lastly where to do yoga in YQR. Of course yoga can be completed anywhere but if you wanted to go to a studio some examples where Yoga Mala and Bodhi Tree.
- Collaboration time! Sarah Bahr and I wanted to combine our learning projects into one! We found simple poses that Sarah could translate the basic words in Cree. I was so impressed with her knowledge and uses of resources! We got the poses from Yoga Journal and used The Online Cree Dictionary to help translate. Some of the poses we completed were downward dog, eagle and tree pose. Watch our video below to learn more!
- The app I found 2 weeks prior was its time to get some use. Down Dog is user friendly with the ability to adapt the length of time and concentrate on certain areas such as lower back or neck.
- This week I also wanted to try a challenging pose, so I decided on the Eight Angle Pose and boy was it ever challenging!
- This week were asked to try out a new technology tool and incorporate it into our learning project. I used the app Splice which is a video editing tool.
- Below is a screen recording of me using the app to edit my yoga video. I found the blog and article Everyday Health 8 morning yoga posed to start your day
- If you are wondering why I am inspired by Elle Woods’ words it is because of this quote: “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy”.
- This week was all about teaching others, I mean it is what we are good at so why not use our assets.
- I found a video on relieving pain from text neck, which is all too familiar in this class and with our generation. The video was inspired by Yoga with Adriene but I added in some of my own moves that I find help my neck pain.
- The last week of my blog post, I took to outside to enjoy the above 0 degree weather we have been having! I completed a sun salutation which is a series of yoga poses performed in a continuous flowing sequence and intended to improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles.
- Some reasons to do yoga outside are feeling connected to your neighbours, getting a dose of vitamin D and being one with nature found by Shape Magazine and Do you Yoga
This whole experience as been great! There were few days where I dreaded do my learning project, although I did get frustrated with my body at not being able to complete the moves as effectively as I would have liked, I kept saying “it is apart of the process”. I will try to continue yoga maybe not into my everyday routine but at least weekly. One takeaway from this yoga experience is no matter how terrible or great you are at yoga, there is always something for your level, you can continually challenge your body and mind during yoga or take it as slow as you would like!
Yoga is all about your preferences and what you want to accomplish during the time!
Get out there and yoga kids! Namaste