Monday, March 15, 2004

Yoga Body

I thought Rainbeau's yoga video was challenging last week. That was before I took Cheryl's class yesterday. I've been doing yoga off and on for five years. More off than on. When I'm on, I'm really on. And when I'm off, I'm way off. I guess that's me - an extremist.

Last year, I had a daily yoga practice from January through May. It started to dwindle in June and July. Then came the 90+ degree weather of August and my practice was down to a few times a month. By October I had stopped completely.

Other than walking the few dog-clients I have, and joining Cheryl at Gold's Gym as her guest that one time, I have basically been inactive. Contently inactive.

With all my anxiety and stress lately, I knew I had to get myself up and out. I might've gone crazy otherwise. Yesterday's class was a great reminder of why I used to have a daily practice. Ninety minutes of stretching, wringing, strengthening, clearing and discipline. The moment I sat on the mat, I was able to drop right in. Breath came back to me. I was surprised by how strong I felt and how flexible I was.

I feel solid, strong and centered in my body today. I'm walking taller, breathing deeper and more focused on tasks at hand. I can also feel my butt rising and my hips shrinking! But wow, am I in pain! Let's just say I had to use my arms to lift my legs into my pants this morning!  I took the dogs for a waddle today. My stomach and hips feel bruised. The back of my heart is waking up, screaming! Muscles I forgot I had are aching. But it feels oh-so-good!

I considered taking another class today but decided to do my own stretching instead.  Don't want to overdo it.  It's my intention to take a class tomorrow and/or Wednesday.  Cheer me on, okay?  I work at a yoga studio. I have access to the best yoga in town. I should really take advantage of it!



irun01 said...

Mmmmmmmmm. . . the ever popular rising butt. Glad you found a release. I LOVE working out for just that reason. Have a blast doing Yoga tomorrow Rock Star.

derossetfamily said...

"I took the dogs for a waddle today" <-- haha!
I love that "in shape" feeling, I went hiking yesterday and the rest of the day I just felt so much more clear and alert, its a great feeling. I read your comment to me, I think I will look into some yoga action, thanks for the suggestion. I used to do a yoga/pilates tape a while back and I loved it, but like you, when Im into it Im really into it, and when Im not, Im not. Take the class! Rah Rah, Go Freee! :P

misfitgypsy said...

hey you! long time no talk. i love your journal and all the things you've written in since i was last here. i wanna try taking yoga too, but i never can find the time...=(

bridgetteleigh75 said...

I'm so glad to hear you're feeling happier and more content with life, Freee. And you've really inspired me to kick my Pilates work-outs up a notch!

You've got to love that feeling that 'hurts so good.' =)

XO ~ Bridgett

sepintx said...

Go Freee Go!
Glad to read this :-)

itsjustusinnc said...

:::swinging pom-poms:::

Go Freee! Go Freee! GO! GO! GO!!! WOOOOO-HOOOOO!!!! :::jumping around:::


gingergirl05 said...

Yaayy! I'm glad that you were able to get up and out and about. Yoga is always good to get the body and the mind relaxed and stretched a little (or a lot). I'm happy for you, Freee! :o) ~ Kate xo

jennipooh3597 said...

(still giggling at visual of Gregg w/ pom poms....:) YAY!!!! Def. cheering you on...if Gregg will pass the pom poms! Jenn

aims814 said...

Hey there, hon! So good to see you posting again. On our local news yesterday, a studio close by is doing pilates mixed with yoga. I only caught the tail end of it. would you say that would be for the more experienced, in shape people, and not for beginners like myself? I want to feel what you are talking about, not to the point I can't move, but to feel my muscles again you know?
..I'm going on to read your entry below...:)

krobbie67 said...

Namaste???? Is that Yoga-speak for "Owww my ass." ;-) ---Robbie

andreakingme said...

Trish! Take advantage of that yoga studio, would you? Man, what a DEAL! I'd like to start doing yoga because I am NOT flexible. Oy! So do some breathing and stretching for me, okay? It's so goooooood for you.

You can do it! Better yet, you WANT to.

geminiwilder said...

Good for you, FREEE!!!!!
At least your muscles are aching~mine got so bored they up and took off on me! hehehehe Hope you're feelin' the ~vibes~ they are sent with caring and peaceful thoughts! ~cindy

chefgracegeorge said...

Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar! All for Freeepeace, stand up and holler! WOO HOO!

andreakingme said...

I just noticed that you changed your sidebar pic! I LIKE IT! I REALLY really like it. Makes me want to buy the danged thing all over again.

(Well, I will once you finish the whole CD. Tee-hee.)

queenz43 said...

Here's your cheer!!! YAY Free!!! You go girl.... Now about that rising butt and shrinking hip thing. If I could stand it i would so be there. Cause I need some serious hip shrinkage. Darn near killed myself the first time I tried it. Maybe I can find a Video for Senior Citizens or something. (No, I'm only 43, :: Hey who said same thing??? :: Glad its got you feeling better though Freee. Seriously, got any recommendations Video wise for beginners? (((((YOU))))) ~RC

montaukny said...

Namaste to you, Freee! Wonderful for you! Hip-Hip-Hooray ~~ Freee is more & more gorgeous every day!!!!!!!!! (with or without the yoga, dahling!) Have you ever heard of Kripalu? It's a fabulous place here on the East coast (in Lenox, MA) that has the most excellent energy I've ever encountered in my life! Yoga, Meditation, Sharing Circles, yummy Vegeterian food (& I'm not vegeterian), etc. Wish you could come her sometime & experience it with me! ~Aunt Nub~

musenla said...

Good to hear you're feeling great, though a bit sore. The body and the mind work in tandem. Sometimes where the body goes, the mind follows. You did great today Freee, and reaping the rewards of a full yoga session is probably the best motivation of all. On top of that, we are all here ready to cheer you on. Go, go, go! =P

slowmotionlife said...

LOL.. we've already talked, so you know that you and I are at the same place right now. IN PAIN but loving our regained interest in exercise! My bottom hurts in an unnatural way. LOL You should see me try to get out of a chair or walk across the room. I'm the laughing stock of the house. But I'm feeling pulled in all over.. we're gonna be lookin' fabu before we know it!! Keep it up!! You rock!! woohoo! And Ommmm... :P

freeepeace said...

AUNT NUB - I'm tripping out cuz I actually said "hip-hip-hooray" in a comment in your journal tonight too! I'm originally from MA - maybe if I go back to visit, I'll check out Kripalu. Sounds beautiful.

MUSE - You are always right on target. Yes, mind and body work in tandem. Thanks for the cheers! :)

SLOMO - I think it's amazing how in sync so many of us are. Especially hearing you say the same things I'm experiencing. Keep it up too! We'll cheer each other on. Hot bods in the making!

freeepeace said...

JENN - Yeah, I've got a pretty distinct visual of Gregg as a cheerleader! LOL Thank you too for the cheers!

MIA - From what I understand Pilates and Yoga have a crossover practice. But I don't know anything about Pilates. I would suggest going to that studio and checking it out. It's all good! :)

ROBBIE - LOL - I posted a link with the definition of Namaste in the next post, just for you!

ANDREA - You don't have to be flexible to practice Yoga - that's why it's called a practice. :) And yes, I'm taking advantage of what's available to me. And loving it!

I'll probably change the About Me pic often. This one just fits my mood lately. Glad you like it. I'm having fun playing with graphics.

CINDY - LOL - Have you tried Yoga? Don't let those muscles get away from you! Yes, thanks for the vibes! I feel ya :)

GRACE - Yay, thanks for that personal cheer! Woohoo!

RC - I'll get back to you with Yoga video recommendations. Absolutely! You're a young'n! Just need to start with a beginners series. xo

freeepeace said...

IRUN - Omm. Thanks, I made it today! Woohoo!

MARY - Hikes are great. I need to work up to them. I have dogwalker friends who hike 2x a day. Last time I went hiking, Hunny ran into a rattle snake, a bee got stuck in her forehead and I nearly passed out from heat exhaustion. That'll teach me to hike in the summer heat.

MISFIT - Nice to see you :) If you do find the time to do yoga, let me know what you think.

BRIDGETT - Rah Rah Rah on the Pilates girlfriend. Go for it.

STEVEN - Thanks for the cheers! :)

GREGG - Pictures couldn't beat the visual you've stirred up in my head! Loving you as my cheerleader!

KATE - I can't you practice Yoga? Thanks for the cheers :)

somenuttychic said...

Oi! I hope you made it through the week. Sounds painful.  But sorry, I'm laughing about the fact that you took the dogs for a "waddle".  

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