Call me Yogi (and not the bear): Yoga for the Weary Student

Quote Namascray: The Crazy in me, Salutes the Crazy in You. Photo Credit: authors own
Quote Namascray: The Crazy in me, Salutes the Crazy in You. Photo Credit: authors own

The past couple of weeks have marked the beginning of my yoga journey. I decided that, with only a few weeks left of college classes; I should cultivate some form of study strategy. Seeing as I’m a creature of comfort and a sucker for New Age woo-woo spells and tricks, I opted for taking up yoga. (Anything to put off actually doing an assignment)

My flexibility goes about as far as dexterous speed used to load the next Netflix episode with not a second wasted. In other words, this was a whole new world to me.

I’ve started light with 15-20 minute stretching sessions. I even convinced my housemate, Bernie, to do join me for some sun salutations.

Picture of a cat stretching. Photo Credit: Cuito Cuanavale
Picture of a cat stretching. Photo Credit: Flickr Cuito Cuanavale

We managed to maintain dignified composure throughout the session. It wasn’t until the final pose  saw us flat on our backs that we were barely able to moan a final ‘Namasté’ to our online yoga teacher, Greta.

There was a semblance of upturned turtle syndrome before the sense of relief and relaxation kicked in, once we got back to our feet. This yoga stuff is not for the faint hearted.

Illustration of a distracted girl doing yoga. Photo credit: Pinterest Yoga 

This new hobby is facilitated by an innovative new website called Yogaia. Yogaia is the first live, interactive online yoga studio in the world. Professional yoga teachers, deliver classes for all levels of yoga practice: from relaxing mindfulness to advanced, hour-long toning sessions. Yogaia caters to every yogi.

They even have a nifty app so you can get in some yoga on-the-go. I have yet to whip it out between classes for a quick neck stretch, but I like having the option.

Yoga mat and block with laptop showing Yogaia.com yoga classes. Photo credit: author's own
Yoga mat and block with laptop showing Yogaia.com yoga classes. Photo credit: author’s own

I’ve kept up a good run of weekday sessions with the result being that I feel more relaxed after each one. I’ve used the Yogaia app during study breaks at home, and have found that its 15 minute chair stretch videos are good for getting an energy boost. Longer sessions in the evening have been relaxing and have helped me to wind down before bedtime.

All in all, being a yogi isn’t so bad.

I’m not sure yet if I’ve suddenly become a very diligent and ritualistic person; or if the power of procrastination has struck again. Nonetheless, I’ve decided to roll out my mat and go with the yogic flow.

Quote Namascray: The Crazy in me, Salutes the Crazy in You. Photo Credit: authors own
Quote Namascray: The Crazy in me, Salutes the Crazy in You. Photo Credit: authors own

Yoga is a spiritual and physical practice that originated in India. This ancient tradition was popularised in the West with the advent of the New Age movement in the 1970’s.

June 21st is International Day of Yoga. This was established in 2014 by the UN General Assembly. The first Yoga Day was observed in June, 2015, and was marked by millions worldwide. At Rajpath, New Delohi, The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, along with over 35,000 people, set a Guinness World Record for largest ever yoga class.