Friday, April 25, 2014

A Happy Little Thing, and Announcing an Upcoming (Not-so) Everyday Adventure


When it comes to happy little things, I’m pretty easy to please—fun food, pretty notebooks, and, of course, books, all make me happy. Today I’m going to share one of my happy little things that’s just a bit bigger: yoga asana practice. Asana is what many people think of when they hear the word yoga: the physical postures.  (There’s much more to yoga, and you can read about it here if you’re interested.)

I’ve included a gentle and basic yoga practice in my exercise routine for more than 15 years, since I first discovered a class at my gym. After class I drove home feeling as if my shoulders were about six inches lower than before class. I was hooked. Since then, I’ve sampled yoga DVDs from my library and bought a few to have at home. I usually do Rodney Yee’s AM Yoga before I go to ride Tank, and I also love Suzanne Deason’s Stress Relief Yoga on the same DVD (All Day Yoga for Beginners). Other favorites include Yoga for the Rest of Us and Yoga for Weight Loss. And just recently my subdivision has started a yoga club, with a weekly meeting/class taught by a resident. A group of us meets in our clubhouse to breathe and stretch our way through an hour-long routine and learn a bit about the benefits of yoga.

Nothing I do makes me feel as good afterward as yoga does. It’s definitely a simple pleasure—and sometimes an adventure, since I’m not terribly flexible, and some poses are quite challenging. But with this new weekly class, I feel myself getting stronger and more flexible, and I always walk out relaxed and serene when I’m done.

What little thing is making you happy right now?

And now...

Looking for an Adventure?

My friend Laure Ferlita has just announced the next location for Imaginary Trips Made Real.  Winter Interrupted will take place in January of 2015 in St. Petersburg, FL. I will be her “first mate” (assistant)—and that will be an adventure for all. If you enjoy sketching on location (or want to learn how), I highly recommend both Laure’s online classes and live workshops. See Laure’s blog for complete details. We’d love to see you there!

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4 comments:

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I may try yoga again with a DVD...Might you post any of your sketches?
Thanks again for sharing...

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Rita--You're welcome! I plan to post sketches when the time comes. Better get to practicing!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Kathy - Yoga sounds like a wonderful idea (I am a walker-every day no matter what at least two miles...haven't missed a day in nine and 1/2 years...going to celebrate when I hit the big 10). Will have to stop at my local library and check out what they have in dvd's. Hope you have a beautiful week.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Good for you, Debbie! Walking is such a great habit. You deserve quite the celebration for your discipline.