CityCraft Life: Yin Yoga for the Spine

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Recently I've delved back into yoga and meditation. Looking back, I can't believe that I overlooked these practices while getting CityCraft off the ground and running a start-up. How silly of me to just push through the feelings of stress and overwhelm.

Though I would like find a studio where I can take regular classes, there is no studio near my house. And by near, I mean just a few blocks away. Though I'd like to think of myself as more disciplined, a 15 minute drive would simply be another reason to roll over and hit the snooze button at the crack of dawn. My ultimate goal is to turn my garage/quarters into a multipurpose space that could also be used as a studio. The first phase of this plan takes place this weekend when the foundation will be repaired.

For now, I've created a sanctuary in a corner of my guest room with a yoga mat, candles, and essential oil diffuser for aromatherapy. My practice is guided by...YouTube on my laptop! You can find a wealth of yoga sessions guided by serious experts online. My current favorite channel is Ekhart Yoga. Her sessions are full-length whereas many other online yogis do only 7-10 minutes. Another plus is that Esther Ekhart hosts her sessions without background music allowing me to run my Spotify yoga playlist in the background. (To create a yoga playlist, I just searched for "yoga" and then played the results on shuffle.) One very popular yoga instructor's videos had elevator rock music in the background and it was really distracting.

I want to share with you this Ekhart Yin Yoga session that I found quite enlightening. YinYoga.com explains, "Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice."

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

C.