“I want to tell you that I am so happy I have The Yoga Deck so I can do my yoga in safe isolation!”
My friend Sue emailed that unsolicited (scout’s honor!) comment when things began shutting down due to the coronavirus. Her wonderful remark made me think about why I got the idea to put yoga poses on cards in the first place.
Back in the mid-90s, I was laid off from a part-time job; that sent me into a frenzy of finding ways to not spend a farthing and one thing I decided to do was to skip my weekly yoga class. I’d done yoga for years, I reasoned, so I’ll just practice at home (and save a whopping $10 a week). That plan turned out to have a kink: I was so accustomed to the instructor’s guidance, I couldn’t come up with more than a few poses. Remember this was umpity-ump years ago, back before YouTube, On Demand, and the like. Aha, yoga books! But that solution turned out to be less than ideal as I found myself on the floor reading about yoga, not doing yoga.
I recall thinking I wish I could tear photos of the poses out of the books and place the pages on the floor, creating a nice flow I could follow. But, nah, because ripping pages out of books goes against my bibliophile religion. That thought, however, planted a seed: What if poses were on cards, like flash cards? Hmmmm!
Eventually, “yoga class in a box” started to grow – first poses, then breathing exercises, oh, affirmations, wait, meditations! I sat at the computer for hours working on content and design but never felt tired, my neck didn’t ache, my back wasn’t stiff, my eyes weren’t bleary. It felt as if I was doing yoga…despite the fact that the only yoga I was doing was in my head. The mind/body connection kicked in thanks to “visualizing” the poses, “hearing” the affirmations, writing down meditations.
Published in 2001, The Yoga Deck was intended as a supplement to a yoga class, or, given the current COVID-19 situation, to support your practice when a class isn’t feasible.
The decks are available for purchase online at Amazon, Bookshop.org, Goodreads, and digitally on Kindle and Apple Books.
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