Saturday, August 8, 2009

Vicissitudes of life

Maybe you fancy yourself strong, tough, or even stubborn. When the world pushes you, you push back. But if, it turns out, we have to bend, strain, twist, and stretch in this life, then be at the helm, make it a choice.

That's why I'm sticking with yoga.

Maybe I look like a salmon swimming up the wrong stream. Maybe it feels weird to do slow, slllooooowwwww movements to the counts of one, two, up to twenty, and feel happy that I'm imperceptibly better at standing on one leg this week.

I cheat. We're supposed to be lost in moment, in a pose, and I stick my nose up to look at the other students. I'm not there, not there at all, my arms are wrong. I need to ... then I topple.

And the instructor kind of sings, "Some of us may have trouble with..."

And it's the we is me again.

So I try once more to balance on the one leg, pull the other foot up to rest on my thigh, and draw up the hands to the prayer position and and lower myself, just myself and not the whole class, to the floor.

22 comments:

  1. Thank God there are numerous exercise programs available. So, I'll just stick with one that is more in tune with my body quirks, quaks, & big appetite. Kinda like the blood type diet, the personality type lifestyle, etc.

    Luckily for you, kB, I can tell you've found an exercise that fits perfectly for your jet-set hiking lifestyle.

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  2. Oh great. Nobody told me I'd have to put my foot on my thigh if I started yoga. Good thing we won't be in the same class. You'd be laughing so hard at me you wouldn't get a thing done.

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  3. I really did post something and found it missing when I returned to your blog. I naturally assumed it was deleted. Thanks for undoing my conclusion.

    I very much like your writing style.

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  4. We'd like a picture of the Half Lord of the Fishes pose, please.

    GG

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  5. you have figured out why it is I no longer try yoga with other people around. I am the "we" the "some of us" every time. It ain't pretty. I learned this at Westridge when they stuck me in a dance class for PE--me, a jock who could make what is now a 3 point shot from "downtown" or hit .569 on the softball field, but try to put my ankle behind my ear and I look like I'm a potato bug without legs!

    ergo, I'll keep it at home, yelling at the Wii to "shove it" when it tells me it thinks I'm "a little unsteady".

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  6. Fame is just around the corner -- One of these days Virg and Trish, we'll get together for a class and put it on you-tube.

    CO, It's all I can do to not tell everyone in the class, "But I'm good at tennis."

    Pierre, glad we straightened that out, and thank you for your kind words.

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  7. I'm going to join the class soon and you will feel oh so much better about yourself. The "we" will become "me."

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  8. I admire your persistence. I remember I went on this charity hike once. It was 4 miles at Will Rogers, really easy route. But they had the brilliant idea to do power yoga to stretch before the hike (because walking isn't stretching enough). I hurt sooo much from that yoga. I'm convinced it's evil.

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  9. What a great idea--a yoga shirt saying: "but I'm good at ____"!

    Mine would say, "throwing a football."

    I'm the one who used to cringe every time I heard the "some of us" line. Now I just smile. (I still can't do the whatever it is the way it's supposed to look, but I don't really expect to, anymore.)

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  10. I'll never cheat on you. Not only can I hunt, I can also put my foot behind my head and lick my butt.

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  11. but I'm good at .......climbing to the dome of the Sacre Coeur. No , I won't do that again. How about .....good at finding bargains at TJ's , make that TJ Maxx! :)

    I'm all about a class with you and Trish. Could we make some money with htat Youtube gig? Whoo hooo!
    V

    WV Likskie, I do!!!!

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  12. Ah Grasshopper, start small and master that task before moving on.

    Yoga needs to be mastered in small steps. I have perfected remote yoga; Black belt in TV remote yoga.

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  13. Whatever that fancy-schmancy phrase is for having two totally opposite odeas about a thing, well, that's what I have about yoga.

    I miss it but am so glad my (three year) bout with it is over.

    (How do you get more comments than I get visitors?)

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  14. hey should I do yoga for my recent illness? My doc suggested Transcendental Meditation...they want $1500 to walk in the door! Hey Mahareshi can you spare a dime?

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  15. Amy, perhaps they think it's kind to be cruel. And Jean, you've given me an idea. PA, quit trying to foist that cat off on me. Give it to Dusty, he needs the exercise.

    K, how come you get more pages published than I get comments?

    And Ken Mac, get this: after class, we had champagne, curry, and pesto. Find a class like mine. ($1,500? That's insane.)

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  16. Ken Mac: run away, run away! How do you spell shyster?

    Hey, I've been a beginning yoga student for about 15 years. I study for a while, then I quit, then I go back, etc. I'd do it every day if every day had 30 hours in it.

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  17. I envy the yoga you, vicissitudes and all. Once I found out there were different kinds of yoga, and I didn't know my Hatha from my Kundalini from my Iyengar, I had a crisis of language and never got in the door.

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  18. I want to see that YouTube video.

    Ken, you can definitely find a TM instructor for less than that. I believe Deepak Chopra's website has a link to finding meditation teachers in your area.

    (My t-shirt would read, "but I'm good at internet research...")

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  19. I bet you're pretty good at yoga. I bet you can even stand on your head, which I could never do.

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  21. P, now I know your secret that allows you to blog everyday...of course!

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  22. You've got it, Cafe. It's my 30-hour days!

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