Another week another, Yoga app!

I’m a little late posting this last week yoga experience, but here it is! So I found  another yoga that was free on the App Store so I downloaded it it was called Down Dog. Kind of interesting name and picture. The first impression of the picture had me thinking this would not be such a great app, but it was free so I am not picky with free stuff!   First from going from a blue app with that picture of a mutt 🐶 on the front looking pretty unprofessional. Once I clicked it, it was black and white options which made the app look very sharp. When I clicking through the app I was literally blown away by the amount of options there was.                                                                          I had a choice between six different levels of your intro, beginner one, beginning to calm intermediate one, intermediate to end advanced. I went with beginner one which I knew should’ve went with intro to yoga LOL.       The next one is type there were 7 to choose from- A complete Vinyasas practice. so I picked full practice as it described it as a gentle warm up with a mixture of standing poses and cool down on the floor focused on deep stretching  and I’m trying to stick to this type of yoga as it’s more of a beginner type yoga.  Boost had 12 options . Length you could choose anywhere from seven minutes to 90 minutes. Savasana -which was how long you would wanted to stay in your final resting posture you had a choice between none to 15 minutes. There was a choice between six different voices, nine different music options and five different instructions to be given to you while you’re doing your yoga. Instructions verried between very descriptive to just telling you what the post was called and if you were advanced enough you would know what to do.  Lastly there was five different options between visuals, they had HD video to no video at all.  There was a spot where you could save your favorite practices and also download them so you can practice without using data. It kept track of your history one you didn’t as well as how long for.  I will post a picture of the menu because there is again and options to use that are very useful!

Now to my experience! So when I first used it I made sure all the settings were on beginner and easy for myself, I did the 10 minute yoga video and very much enjoyed all my settings such as the music  The ladies voice was nice there was someone doing it with you to follow along as well as other counter, counting on how long to hold things once in while. After my first trial a box popped up and said  One more free trial of the app. Which I was very confused because it said free on the App Store and even went back to doublecheck, but I guess that’s how they trick you to download it for free. I got two session then you have the option to purchase it. I was kind of sad that I only have one more session with this app as I extremely enjoyed it my first time. So me being me 😉 I decided to wait and make sure I got my free use out of this app. The next time I use the app and make sure I could use all 75 minutes of the yoga trial….. Which I regretted halfway through the 75 minutes doing it, but I survived and I am very happy that I got experience at all.  It was definitely challenging, I’m used to practicing for 15 minutes at a time so quadrupling it was taking it a little too far. I definitely wasn’t able to do all the poses or hold them all with the perfect posture. But I extremely enjoyed the detail that went into this app. The descriptions the voice tells you to focus on while stretching such as placing your right hand on your left knee having your right arm behind you and you breathe out and to feel your spine straighten as well while breathing out to twist even more. I was able to feel a lot more of my muscles and take each position a little bit deeper with these descriptions. Love this app, may purchase this in the future if I don’t find another one!

 

 

 

 

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Week 1 of Yoga!

So my first week of starting yoga I have been using this app called “YOGA” it was a free app on the App Store. They have 15 different categories of yoga all running from 7- 14 minutes long. It’s nice for someone starting out or someone who is bust to having a low set time just because I don’t have a good excuse not to do it something for seven minutes, lol. It also tells you how many calories you will burn and if it is a beginner or intermediate. I haven been doing them all and adjusting some of the harder ones to the level I can do. When you click on what type of yoga you want to do there’s different categories such as core yoga, night yoga, morning yoga and energy booster yoga, to name a few. Once you click on it it says how long it is how many different types of exercise poses there is, it also gives you a little summary of the benefit of doing this type of yoga.  You can scroll through and see them all before you begin. When you begin it gives you 10 seconds to get ready, there is animated woman doing the pose also so you can see what it should look like. They say the name such as downward dog or cobra pose. I find most the pose names makes sense to how and what your body will be doing.

 

When you are close to being done every pose a lady tells you what’s coming up next verbally as well as it’s written underneath what was your doing at the moment. When it’s time to switch poses a bell dongs, which I find it not very calming sound. I find it loud and annoying dong, so good thing it only dongs once at the beginning of each pose. Between poses There’s a counter from 15 seconds to count down before it tells you to start, which I like. Some of the harder poses they only ask you to hold for 15 to 20 seconds were some of the easier ones are 30 seconds. The ladies voice telling you when to switch, start and what pose you’re doing I find kind of annoying not very relaxing. I’m not sure if it’s a real person’s voice a computer voice. So far I like this free app you can link it with The health app that’s already on my iPhone which I haven’t done. I’m not sure if I’m gonna stick with this app. I want play around with a new app per week and slowly move to YouTube videos so I get a good feel of each app. I can already feel a difference in my body, more so in my back as there’s less pains! A week into doing yoga I already am feeling some benefits!

Learning Project!

For my learning project I decided to finally learn something I always wanted to learn, but never knew anything and never had the time to do it. Yoga! So the past week I have been looking into yoga and I thought it was just stretching in different poses but the more I am looking the more I’m finding. So I did assume there would be beginning yoga and advanced yoga, but there is also kid yoga, yoga for certain injuries, exercise yoga and hot yoga to name a few. So after learning about the many different types of yoga and the benefits of each. I will be focusing ob Vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” and in this case yoga posture

By the end of the 13 weeks I want to have improved or mastered a few yoga poses. I would like to try attend at least one a hot yoga class in the city if it’s not too expensive (poor student life). As well as attend a few classes in the city at the UofR.

A few yoga poses I am deciding to show before and after at the end of my journey are binding yoga pose, forward bending pose(touch my toes) because at internship when we would have brain breaks or be warming up for P.E. I could never touch my toes and my students defiantly noticed, LOL! Last I want to try some inversion yoga pose, all of them seem impossible, but I’ll see how close I get!