Sunday, March 7, 2004

Weekend At Home

I opted not to be social this weekend. I'm sorry I missed the chance to be with a bunch of my friends but I just couldn't show up physically.  I was in bed by 8:00 last night but my body aches kept me awake till way after midnight.  Even then, I tossed and turned all night long.

I was restless today.  I thought about going to a bookstore. I thought about going to the beach. I thought about meeting Robbie for tea. But my body decided I would stay home - exhausted and achy. I mustered up enough energy to sweep off the rooftop balcony and bask in the hot sun.  This is about the only time of year I can do that. Summer is brutally hot up there. It was the first time I realized how much I miss being able to walk onto the beach from my front yard. This is supposed to be a temporary home.

With all this pilates and workout talk spreading like wildfire here in AOL-J, I decided to do a home yoga practice tonight. I've been in such a funk, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to move my body.

Rainbeau Mars, my friend who hosted the gathering last night has a series of yoga videos/DVDs. So, in honor of her - and in honor of my own spirit - I attempted her Pure Sweat - Vinyasa Flow.  Pretty ambitious if you ask me. Not only am I running on half a tank but it's been a long time since I've had a daily yoga practice.

I figured it was only 30 minutes, how tough could it get? I wasn't taking into consideration the slow burn of Warrior II, Crescent and Chatarunga!  But the message, the practice and the serene surroundings were all there.  Hey guess what Andrea, she wears a belly chain in the series!

Tonight, as I stumble across the apartment in search of an apple, I'm suddenly hyper-aware that my body resembles a rubber chicken!  And I'm grateful that I didn't have to drive myself home after tonight's practice. My triceps are already sore. We all know that's not a good sign. The ache shouldn't be noticeable till two days after the workout - like whiplash! Now I'm wondering why I didn't go for Pure Tranquility.

Duh!  Ommmm...

34 comments:

am4th said...

I would love to try yoga.

sonensmilinmon said...

Someone invited me to go to a yoga class at the gym ... at my size I thought she was joking. Maybe in time. Smilin Mon

aynetal3 said...

Hehe Free ... what was on your mind! We're figurin it to be one of those California dealies to torture yourself into bodily submissions. We're wondering now if they didn't teach you in Yoga about some kind of warm-up first!? My mind is cringing over the picture shown on the video's. Should come with a warning not to try this at home! All the power to you our warrior friend!! Our love, Ayn and all

andreakingme said...

2 of 2

Wish I lived by you and Robbie. You two could have tea and I'd have coffee. And we'd crook our pinkie like good ladies and laugh like ... well, hyenas.

andreakingme said...

Now that's a first for me! I've never seen an instructor wear a belly chain during a workout session. Hm. This makes me grin widely (with a 4-day brighter smile, compliments of Crest White Strips) in appreciation for Yoga! Mebbe I should try Yoga. Mebbe our cruise ship will have a Yoga class! Mebbe I WILL get the facial and over over body wrap treatment I've always wanted! (Maybe I'll win the lottery?)

babyshark28 said...

yoga sounds hard....
I have done pilates once, with a friend. I liked it, it didn't seem that hard..but, I felt the effects of it later, which is good I think.
Well, I hope your recharge your batteries soon. :)

krobbie67 said...

Freee, you gotta take care of yourself! Listen to your body. Everything has its time. Rest, work, play, they will all have their day in the sun and we will have our tea when the time is right. :-) --- Robbie

geminiwilder said...

Ummmm, yeah, Freee, I think I would have chosen tranquility over sweat.....what were you thinking, silly? =^)
FEEL BETTER!!! (sending you feel better vibes.....)

llturtle03 said...

Freee, I hope you're feeling better real soon! -lindalou

montaukny said...

Freee ~ I've done Yoga myself, but only a few times & it wasn't nearly as easy as it looks! Always thought, jeez...how hard can it be? HA! The only really cool part was when my mom & I took a couple of really gentle classes @ the hotel we stay @ every year @ the eastern tip of Long Island was that it was on the beach. Loved the sounds of those waves....gotta try doing my meditation instead next time!!! LOL Ommmmmmmmmm..... ~Aunt Nub~

mallory4284 said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon, Freee.

-- Mallory

queenz43 said...

Pilates, Yoga, man, I'm getting sore just thinking about it. :-P I admire ANYONE that can go through an entire session of yoga. I couldn't do it.Wish I could though. Maybe one day. Anyhoo, Freee, I was hoping you were feeling better. Guess you need to take a little more time to re-coup. Pace yourself sweetie, your body just may be telling you it needs a little more time in the restoration mode. I'm thinking of ya'
~RC~

itsjustusinnc said...

Woah there Freee baby! Be careful with those workouts! Maybe you didn't have enough fuel to burn. Have you been eating properly young lady? Hmmm? Hmmmm? Don't make us insist on more food vid-cam shots!!! And don't make me come out there!!! :-)

Gregg

linus131999 said...

shoot i cant get my body into them weird postions i get a cramp just thinking about yoga

s0ngbird1962 said...

Freee, sorry to hear that you are still in a funk, but the rooftop balcony basking in the sun sounds awesome.... I had that rubber chicken/jello leg feeling once after a long mountain hike. Truly thought I was going to land on my face coming down....~~Not a nice sensation. ~~Hoping you're feeling more like your old self tomorrow.

gingergirl05 said...

Freeeee, I haven't commented here in a while! I'm so damn sorry!

Yoga is okay once in a while--I do like it. I seem to like Pilates a little better, though. I have my own routine of reps and sets that I stick to. I gotta say that my favorite things to do are jogging, biking, crunches, and jump rope. The plain and simple stuff is the most fun to me. And for the mind, I quietly stretch/meditate--it's supposed to help me, and maybe it does a little.

For sore muscles, a heating pad and a soft massage are always nice! ~ Kate xo

nikki247 said...

Pilates are so much fuN!!! WOO HOO :) I am sorry that you are still having aches and pains -- I know how much that stinks especially when you are trying to sleep. I am going to buy a yoga DVD as well just to try it out -- I think that it can help me with my stress levels :)

freeepeace said...

ANDREA - Pilates is a lot like yoga [apparently] but with different equipment/props. I think you'd like it. Come to L.A. I'll hook you up with Intro to Yoga, a great facialist and fabulous spa treatment! Then Robbie and I could meet you at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

SHARKY - Yoga is hard - but a 'good' hard. I've never done pilates but I notice yoga results in just a couple of weeks if I do it regularly. And I apply it to my daily living.

ondinemonet said...

OOmmmm, OOmmmm...I am there with ya...LOL :) Love, Carly

freeepeace said...

AM4TH - I highly recommend yoga!

MONICA - Yoga serves all sizes! Go for it. No time like the present.

AYNETAL - Absolutely there's warm-up in yoga. Very important. In this case, it quickly went from warm to hot! I like that: "Warrior Friend" :)

freeepeace said...

MALLORY - Thank you for the well wishes. Hope you are well.

RC - Did you try a beginning yoga class? Makes all the difference in the world. And my practice last night got me to sleep through the night and gave me the energy to be out all day today. Gorgeous day too! Ahhh... feeling good!

freeepeace said...

ROBBIE - I'm so glad I did that yoga last night. Gave me all the energy for today. Fun hanging with you! :)

CINDY - I'm pretty sure I sweated stuff out - and your vibes helped! So I'm feeling pretty tranquil today. Best of all worlds.

LINDALOU - Hi - thanks for the well wishes!

AUNT NUB - Yoga is hard and works parts of the body I didn't even know existed - internally & externally. It's really amazing.

freeepeace said...

GREGG - No worries about me eating in the winter my friend! It was the heat of summer that suppressed this appetite! But, if that's what it takes to get you to come to LA...

LINUS - I can't get my body in most of the advanced poses either. But I'm sure if I kept a consistent practice, I'd build up to it [I was a gymnast as a kid].

freeepeace said...

MICHELLE - Feeling great today, thanks. No rubber chicken/jello legs here tonight. Just a little sore [and a little sunburned - but I'll take it!]

KATE - Oooh, love the sound of a soft massage! I like the plain and simple too - roller blading, walking, abs, squats, etc. Jumping rope is also great. For the mind, yes, I believe meditation would serve you well :) And, no problem about commenting. I completely understand. I'm behind on my rounds. Nice to see you!

freeepeace said...

NIKKI - I've never tried pilates. For some reason, I'm resistent. Perhaps I'll explore that sometime. Yoga is great. I work at a yoga studio so I get free yoga. And I'm all for free right now! I'm feeling GREAT today!

CARLY - Aww thanks! Love ya! :)

dazeychic said...

MMM Yoga....ahhh.
I wish I had the time! I need to make the time, I know, I know.
But somehow sitting in front of the tv always pulls me into a daze and I loose the entire night. Blah. Dang Reality shows!
"Rubber Chicken" hahaha. I can sooo relate to that! BTW, thanks for your uplifting comments about my butt. And its clevage. hehe.
You rock!
~Shells

miarenee24 said...

You remind me that I need to hop to my yoga. Pilates? I hear that's tough. Hm, I'll just wear a one piece this year at the beach (as usual) :P I know how you feel, you need to spend some time with "you" sometimes. We all do. :) Feel better soon. Love you!

txsguinan said...

Wow! I am not familiar with this video series, but I admire your discipline; I have a helluva time pushing myself to a sweat at home and in front of the TV. I just sort of windup stretching languidly and wondering if Judge Judy is on. Very bad zen.

But you work in a yoga studio? Luck you! No wonder you don't have to do the gym thing! .... :)

karynetaylor said...

I bet Rainbeau gets a lot of business from your link! Am considering ....

~ Karyn
http://beta.journals.aol.com/karynetaylor/WhateverItTakesMyChoices/

diannevan said...

There was "workout talk" throughout AOL-J land? Whew! Glad I missed it! I guess that's probably the only good thing about me being gone for the past 5 days, right??

musenla said...

Yoga, heard of it for years, but never really tried it. I always thought it's so relaxing it will make me sleep, but of course your description here sounds more like a Chinese water torture, lol. Sheesh, just reading your yoga entry and Slo's pilates entry, I feel like a wet noodle! =P

slowmotionlife said...

I never cease to be surprised at the amazing group of women you surround yourself with. Is there any gorgeous, successful, artistic, fabulous, woman in California that you don't know?? LoL Rainbeau is stunning.. the website is AWESOME!! And her DVD series looks really great. Believe it or not, I'm getting back into my exercise routine. Yoga is tomorrow. Woot-woot, right? LOL

[Wish me luck that I don't break something. LOL]

bridgetteleigh75 said...

Trish....you silly girl. It's never good when your body resembles a rubber chicken! Although I'm sure that's what I appeared to be after my first couple of Pilates workouts. =)

I read this entry awhile back...and only just realized I didn't comment. I'm farther behind than I though. ::sigh:: I've been having so much trouble keeping up lately...I know where you are coming from, sweetie.

Love you,
bridgett

somenuttychic said...

A rubber chicken??? Oops. Methinks maybe you over did it. Just a bit. Yikes.

Reading on . . . (And slowly catching up!) :-)