This App Has Changed My Life
I normally don’t gush over apps (except, apparently, Candy Crush) but I read about a yoga app in a post that I was editing for BlogHer and decided on a whim to download it since it was only $2.99. Uh, now Googling it, I can see that there is an opportunity to preview a beginner class at the bottom of that app page. But I bought Yoga Studio without knowing anything about it. And it has advanced me ever-closer to my goal of never leaving my house.
I used to do yoga daily at a studio (and I’m honestly not sure how well I’d do with this app if I had never taken a yoga class and had no frame of reference for these poses). It didn’t really fit in my schedule and was expensive, but I wanted to take a yoga class, so I schlepped out daily, eating up over 2 hours of my work time to exercise. Then the yoga studio imploded with a very public fight on the town listserv, and when everything rose from the ashes, I decided to step back from yoga for the time being and reassess.
Since last October, I haven’t done yoga. To be honest, I’ve barely exercised at all. I tried a spin class, which I don’t love but my friends drag me to from time to time. I sometimes run, but not very often. Yoga wasn’t really about exercise though. It helped my back, and I stopped getting knots in my shoulders. It helped me sleep at night, shaving hours off my insomnia. (Yes, it can take me hours to fall asleep.)
I cleared a space in the living room and set up the iPad on a table. The instructor’s voice is deceptively calming as she leads you through chatarungas. I’ve been doing mostly the intermediate levels, and I created my own unique Vinyasa Flow class with dozens of sun salutations so I can break a sweat. The ChickieNob named the virtual instructor (who also calls out reminders for alignment during the class) Lily. She sort of looks like a Lily. We like her very very much. She is the yoga instructor I hoped to find; who never lets me down.
I’d love to also download a few yoga videos for those days when I want to cheat on Lily with a different instructor, but I need someone to recommend one from iTunes. Any videos you like? I prefer ones that are fast moving and filmed in normal locations… such as yoga studios. Yoga on sand dunes is a pet peeve of mine.
Also, I just told you a life-changing app. Now you tell me one.