It’s 9pm as I write this, and my child is having a meltdown of epic proportions. I won’t name names in order to protect the guilty, but you have a 50/50 chance of guessing right (no, it’s not Mike). Luckily for me, my wonderful husband is on tantrum-duty tonight, so I am sitting on the porch, thinking calm thoughts and not drinking a gin and tonic–yet. That’s because I’ve found inner peace.
Last week, I decided to try adding a little more yoga into my life. After several weeks of my 30-day challenge workouts, my back was barking. I know, I know, I said it was going fine. I lied.
Actually, the first week or so was ok, but by day 15 or 16, I was starting to feel it in a bad way. Then I got sick, and miraculously, my back got better. Lets see, no hardcore workouts = no back pain. That is not an equation that leads to fitness in my book, and I was NOT happy. So I’ve backed off the intensity a little, and decided to try adding in some more yoga for flexibility and active recovery. Unfortunately, there is only one appropriate class at the gym that really fits into my schedule (and I’m taking it), so I decided I needed to get a little more proactive.
Since workout dvds are not my thing, I thought I might like to try some yoga podcasts on my iPod. That way, I could get up a little earlier and try to fit in some gentle yoga before the day gets going.
Here is my stuff, sitting on the chair next to my bed, all ready to go.
I’m sure there are tons of options for podcasts out there, but I turned to Yoga Journal, and found a whole series of free sessions to download. There seem to be classes of all levels, but I’m sticking to the gentle stuff for now, and I especially like Jason Crandell’s morning sequence. So far I’ve done it a couple of times and I’m totally blissed out. Oh sorry, that just slipped out because I’m such a yogi now. Not a whole lot of back benefits so far, but it’s been less than two weeks. And I guess it will help my crabby attitude if my back doesn’t feel better . . . EVER!!!!! Around this house, we call it a crabitude.
So, anyone out there care to join me? You could get up at about 5:23 am (I like to set my alarm for odd times), and we could commune via the yoga gods. Too weird? Maybe.
Seriously though, if you have a great yoga practice you’d like to share, let me know. Has yoga changed your life? Do you love how they call it the “back body” or “side body,” as in, “this pose will really open up the back body.” Makes me smile every time.