I swear I’m going to start doing yoga again. Nap time would be ideal, but that’s when I write. And yoga-with-toddler means I transform into a human jungle gym.

I’ve tried many different yoga routines and DVDs over the years, and I’ve practiced at various centers and studios. But my favorite, the one that dwells in my muscle memory, is Yoga Mind & Body, featuring the lovely Ali McGraw and guided by yoga master Erich Schiffman. It’s been uploaded to YouTube if you want to check it out.

I love everything about Yoga Mind & Body: the series of poses and overall flow, the setting (I’m pretty sure it’s filmed at White Sands, New Mexico), Schiffman’s melodic voice, and the music. After completing the routine, you feel like you’re floating. It’s also where I learned ujjayi breathing, which I return whenever I’m searching for my center.

Once upon a time it was a dusty VHS tape at my mom’s house that I discovered during the summer of ’96, the summer I had mono and slept on the couch, didn’t eat for two months, and watched Mrs. Doubtfire five hundred times in sporadic moments of consciousness. To rebuild my strength, I practiced the yoga routine every day, sometimes twice a day, and I fell in love with how it made me feel both while I was performing the poses and afterward. It seems even more important to practice it now.

Anyone else out there with a favorite yoga routine and/or guide?

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