Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Today I sucked it up and did some yoga. A whole 20-minutes of really bad, poor-form, wobbly yoga.

Right after K was born (or was it R?) I trekked myself off to my local Y for a session of yoga. I fell asleep at the end of every class. It was very embarrassing. I don't think the class leader was too impressed.

Since then little has happened in the way of regular, productive physical activity. Any regular activity has actually been going into the negative amounts, if that is possible, due to nagging little injuries. I've dealt with those little annoyances in the absolute worst way ever. Ignore, ignore, stay still.

So, being utterly fed up with myself, in more ways than one, I signed out this Yoga for Dummies DVD at the library this week. I was drawn to this one because the description didn't use words like 'meditation' and 'relaxing'. It used descriptors such as 'moving continuously' and 'dynamic movement increases your heartrate'. The lovely and entirely-too-happy-with-scary-biceps Chris Freytag in the cover art is actually almost sitting up - there's no hint of meditation anywhere!

I limped through the first 20 minutes. R tried it out too. But only because yoga helps those who want to be goalies, and could I please pull the drapes so the neighbours don't notice. All in all, it wasn't too bad. It was depressing, but only because it was so far from what I used to be able to do.

It may surprise some to know that I am fairly well qualified (or at least I was) in personal training, weight-lifting, exercise, nutrition and various other healthy living pursuits. I used to teach fitness classes. I trained others to teach. I worked in a sports therapy clinic. I was an example. My main transportation was a pair of roller blades and my best accessory was a 75-litre day pack.

Although the DVD is supposedly a weight-loss workout, I'm not even going to go there. I just want to be able to move without hurting myself. One step at a time, right? I just never though the steps would be so small.

♥ Bonni


Debbie said...

heh - a very good friend of mine was telling me the other day that she will never take another yoga class because she kept falling asleep too! Good luck getting your body moving the way you want it to :D

Anonymous said...

Good job!! I started yoga with the Wii Fit....it's slow but interesting. The fact that the Wii Fit also calculated (and illustrates) your weight...well...it's a "good" motivator. Or a curse. Either way, it keeps me moving. Slowly.

Dorothy said...

Oh well done for getting started!

I was fit pre-children and then I just left it tooo long before trying again. By then everything just hurt.

jugglingpaynes said...

As my instructor puts it, all the work you do in yoga is for the purpose of relaxation and meditation at the end. She would have been happy to see you fall asleep at the end of her class!

Peace and Laughter!