It’s week three of In-Depth and I’m still powering through my inquiry. Unfortunately, I have not yet secured a mentor, but I have sent out many emails and am hoping for a positive reply soon. In the meantime, I’ve been watching online yoga classes, researching, and planning to start attending drop-in yoga classes at Hyde Creek Recreational Centre whenever I can. Since my topic was confirmed, I’ve been looking into both yoga and meditation. There are many different types of both practices, and I’ve perused them to find the ones that would most benefit me. I’ve chosen to focus on restorative yoga, Qigong, and Heart Rhythm Meditation (or HRM).

Restorative yoga’s purpose is to achieve physical, mental, and emotional wellness to reduce fatigue and stress in your everyday life. Props are often used in this type of meditation. The core exercises in this particular type of yoga branch into other types as well, so it’s a good place to start for beginners such as myself. HRM is focused on the inward applications of meditation, specifically the heart and lungs. Thus, it involves mostly breathing exercises. Qigong emphasizes fluid movement, meditation, controlled breathing, and physical exercises with the goal of cultivating/mastering one’s personal energy. This type of meditation originated from Ancient China and is said to better your health and help you control stress while improving all aspects of your life.

To learn about Qigong and HRM, I’ll most likely have to rely on the internet as my primary source. For yoga, however, I’ll start going to classes sometime next week and record my progress in the form of videos, pictures, and written logs. In the midst of all this, I’ve learned that a good mentor puts him/herself out there so they can really help those who want guidance. You have to be willing and able to work around both their life and your own, so they can get the most out of the experience as possible. In-Depth will be a great way to develop my future mentorship skills!