Today’s Lazy Yoga practice was spending 20 minutes just sitting and listening. I recently learned that the website Yoga U has a variety of free classes that can be downloaded. Today I spent 20 minutes listening to a very interesting interview with Julie Gudmestad called “Essentials of Healthy Core Strengthening”.
To start I sat in standard cross-legged pose and started the interview. I really focused on keeping my posture just right. I was constantly doing minute adjustments to keep my spine and sit bones aligned properly. After 4 minutes I changed the cross of my legs for another 4 minutes. There was a brief interruption by one of my boys looking for some lotion for the dry skin on his back.
He sat in front of me and got a short back rub as I applied the lotion. It was a wonderful learning moment for me. At first I was irritated because he is constantly looking for a reason to not be in bed. Instead of being angry I focused on enjoying the quiet moment with my son. It ended with a nice hug and a kiss and he went back to bed.
After the interruption I went back to listening to the interview. I sat in Dandasana for about 3 minutes working on my posture. Then I changed to the butterfly pose. I also did a half lotus for 2 minutes on each leg. At the end I just sat in cross legged pose with the best posture I could manage and my head gently hanging loose. I slowly stretched out my neck and upper back muscles. I changed the cross of my legs again and did a few shoulder roles.
Overall it was a good practice. I had a moment with my son. I was on my mat for almost a half hour in total. I got to listen to a great interview. I feel like my back may be a bit sore tomorrow. It was worth it. Definitely one that I will try to do again. I may not meditate (yet) but these kinds of practices feel like a good base for being able to sit for long periods of time.