I’m embarrassed to admit I have NO idea the last time I paid a visit to my little friend.
Carving out the time to – dare I say it? – actively RELAX – just wasn’t on my calendar. However, now that I have all this free time on my legs, with constant urging from Sandee The World’s Greatest Yoga Instructor…
…and the fact that the hubby was kind of enough to offer to pay for my classes, I suddenly found myself walking back into my long lost place of all things zenlike. It was like coming home again. Except with a ceramic elephant. And shoes all over the place. And bare feet everywhere. Gross.
Having not participated in what the hubs likes to call bendy-bend, I had no idea how absolutely comedic this was going to turn out. Comedic simply because I have an issue with gravity. Or maybe better put, it has an issue with me. Actually, I think it loves me. A LOT. Too much methinks.
Gravitational issues aside, I rolled out my mat, grabbed a cushion for my busted up knees, and hoped for the best. Sandee thankfully took into account said busted patellas, and kept the class as knee-friendly as possible. After the first few minutes of ujjayi breathing, cat/cows, forward bends, and chattyRhonda thingies (NOT how that’s spelled), it all started to come back to me. I could literally feel my blood pressure dropping and the stress melting out of my overloaded amygdala. (Not really but it sounded pretty cool, didn’t it?)
After completely losing track of time – which I think is what’s SUPPOSED to happen in yoga class, isn’t it?- it was time for good ol’ savasana. Ohhhhh savasana, how do I love thee? Let me count the zzz’s.
You really do appreciate how much you miss doing something when you’ve been away from it, and this was no different. I may be out of the running game for a while, but with a little bit of patience, a LOT of balance practice, and Sandee putting up with me making up some pretty funny poses of my own, I think my time spent on the mat will be well worth it. Who knows? Maybe all this warm and fuzzy zen-ness will even turn me into a more patient patient. Doubt it. But you never know. Namaste.
Enjoy the ride.
Do you find yoga makes you feel better about yourself? Has it improved your running? Have you ever fallen asleep in yoga class? And started to snore?