Monday, April 28, 2008

Namaste!


I've mentioned before that I'm taking a yoga class. One of my resolutions this year was to get some exercise, and after going through physical therapy in February for an ailing back, yoga was highly suggested.

So every Tuesday, my hubby picks up his sister after school (she's in 10th grade) and she watches the boys while I go to my class with two of my friends. It didn't cost all that much to take the class, but I'll tell ya - I'd happily pay twice what I'm paying just for the quiet and relaxation once a week.

The stretching and core strengthening exercises have been really good for my back and after just three classes, my posture is better, too.

I never thought yoga would be such good exercise! I thought it would be some stretching and some "ohm-ing". I guess, though, if you consider what you weigh (and I'll be 100% honest here - these days I'm around 155) and you learn how to move your body to have lesser-used muscles of your body support that weight, well, those lil' muscles get quite the work-out.

I was originally concerned that I wouldn't be able to bend my body into some of the positions. But we were about 15 minutes into the first class when I realized that downward dog, cat and cow are all things we did as kids when goofing around in front of Saturday morning cartoons. And yes, its a bit harder for me to do something like the plow, but any good beginning yoga instructor will show you how to work your way up to the full posture without hurting yourself. (If you go watch the video of the guy doing "plow", I feel I shouldn't really have to tell you I don't look as good as he does when I do it. I somewhat jerkily hoist my feet up over my head, and then, one at a time touch the very tippity-tip of each toe to the floor behind me one at a time for about .36 seconds each. I feel this is a huge accomplishment.)

I guess the biggest thing I get out of yoga, though, is time to myself. Since we've had kids, my hubby and I have chosen to work shifts opposite each other so that we can be at home with our kids. And that's great - but its hard, and it can be very stressful.

That's why my yoga classes are the subject of this week's "Moments for me Monday". They're that little something I start to think about on Sunday nights when I begin to dread going back to work in the morning.

12 comments:

We are THAT Family said...

That's awesome. I've been saying I'm going to 'get physical' since I had my last child. She's almost 1.5 years. I need to do it!

Suzie said...

I look at the gym as wonderful time to myself too. I never thought I would look forward to working out

Kate said...

That's great Colleen! Both your mind and your body are getting some strength and renewal. Good for you!

Marni Tiani Self said...

I'll trade you. You can weigh 250 and I'll be 155 and complaining. ;-)

Jenny said...

That's great! I'm so glad you're enjoying yoga.

I have a back injury as well, maybe I'll try yoga out once I'm back to normal.

Thanks for sharing, it sounds like a great stress relief for you!

Happy2bme said...

I'm glad you're enjoying it. Maybe I oughta try it to help relieve stress. Some of the positions I see are a deterent for me though. I always think how in the heck can someone get into that position and nonetheless hold it... ha ha

Don Mills Diva said...

That sounds so great. I really need to carve a weekly thing for myself too...

THopgood said...

Good for you!!! I'm impressed with anyone who can yoga! There's a yoga place that I pass by in my car every single day and every time I pass it I'm tempted to go inside and check it out...but never do it. I can't justify paying for a yoga class when I have a Lifetime Fitness membership that I never use! I really need to get back to the gym!

What a great way to spend your "ME" time!

Domestic Accident said...

Always wanted to take a yoga class. Everyone I know who has taken one raves about it. And oh yes, I could use the exercise.

morninglight mama said...

That's fantastic-- I've taken yoga in the past and have always enjoyed it. I'm glad you're getting that time for you!

lovelylalo said...

It is super that you are doing something for yourself. Too many Moms forget to do that.

-I have yet to go to Dallas, I am looking into it. Had a dinner invite tonight but can't make it. I will keep you posted if I venture that way. Take care!

Lalo

MamaGeek said...

Oh that sounds divine. A recharged mom is good for everyone, isn't it? Very cool!