Getting My Zen On

I’m embarrassed to admit I have NO idea the last time I paid a visit to my little friend.

Hello my friend.

Hello 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

The not so furry one.

The not so furry one.  No, the other one.

…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.

Yup.  That's me.

Yup. That’s me.

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?)

amygdalaAfter 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.

Zzzzz, zzzzz,zzzzz

Zzzzz, zzzzz,zzzzz

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.

Patience

 

 

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?

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7 thoughts on “Getting My Zen On

  1. I really think I need to get into yoga. I’ve tried it a few times in the past. I really, really WANT to do it — I’m ridiculously high-strung, and “relax” isn’t a word in my vocabulary. Anyways, I’m glad you’re getting back into it and I hope it helps fill at least a little bit of the running void in your life!

  2. I need to get back into yoga. My legs are desperate for stretching. I actually had a subscription to Yogavibes, a website with yoga classes on video (including from Sage Roundtree…who is AWESOME). I might need to get back to renewing that…once I make my home a little more “oommmm” friendly lol

    Glad to see you got back to it!

  3. I’m so glad you had a good time! Now that I’m out of the running game too, I may need to do more yoga. I just wish it weren’t so blasted expensive! My gym offers some classes, but the times are really inconvenient. I guess I should probably just suck it up and go…

    • You can always go the home option if you know any of the poses. Even if you went to just a few classes to get the general idea, it’s pretty easy to put something together yourself. Of course, if your critter is anything like mine, doing your routine fur free may be next to impossible.

      • We have two “Coach Kitties” who, anytime someone gets on the floor to exercise/stretch/roll/yoga, will come and “assist” with head butts, rubs, and sitting underneath you while you plank to really make sure you stay up there, so at-home yoga is a challenge.

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