Most people don’t know this about me but in early 2012, before I sold my soul to corporate America and became a property manager, I did a brief stint as the “Cristina” in a Lacuna Coil cover band that was only moderately terrible. I’ve always loved to sing and I’m reasonably good at it, but have never figured out how to parlay it into something I could do as a “job”, so it remains firmly in the “hobby” category.
I bring this up only because, for the first time, I’m going to post on this blog a full-length, real-time video of my personal yoga practice. This is just me doing the yogas to hard rock music. No class, no instructor, no video I’m following… just me, doing what feels good in my body and whatever occurs to me to try, plus some outbursts of singing along with whatever’s playing in the background.
If the sight of a fat girl doing yoga with no shirt offends you, this is not the video for you. If you don’t want to hear hard rock music from the likes of Disturbed, Nirvana, The Pretty Reckless, and Seether, this is not what you should watch today. And I’m honestly not sure if there will be any interest in watching this video at all, but I’m putting it here today to illustrate my point:
Whatever your practice looks like today is fine.
Having a practice at all is better than having no practice.
You want chimey music and yin yoga? Go for it. Sometimes it’s nice.
You want hard rock music, some awkward dancing, and a lot of arm balances? Get down with your bad self. I do. Sometimes I try to sing in eagle pose.
You want to cover your body up? Cool. Just make sure your clothing allows you to move freely.
You want to practice naked? That’s awesome. I’ve done it. I recommend that everyone try it at least once… no joke.
You wanna follow an instructor on YouTube or some other platform? Fabulous. Do it. It’s a good way to learn, especially if you’re just starting out, or if you’re intermediate and hoping to learn something new.
You wanna make up your own sequence/flow or just do whatever drifts through your mind? Rock on. I do it often, and I start to miss it if I do too many practices directed by people other than me.
What I’m trying to say here is that there is no right or wrong way to practice. Your practice will ultimately be unique to you. You’ll take bits and pieces from everyone who teaches you and stitch them together into something that becomes your own, and that is totally amaze-balls.
I’m posting this video today of my shirtless, noisy, non-Instagram-worthy practice because this shit is real. When you find the thing that keeps you coming back to your mat and wanting to practice day after day, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s wrong.