Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Things I Learned From Yoga
- Build muscle strength (since I loathe weight-lifting)
- Improve balance (which if any of you know me at all, you know that I have lousy balance)
- Improve flexibility and range of motion.
So, here are some things I learned while doing Yoga last night.
- Our bodies were not meant to be folded over and tucked in.
- They say that Yoga is very "spiritual" and I believe it, because I know for myself, the whole time I was praying that God would allow me to walk again.
- The best thing about Yoga is laying on the mat and "breathing" at the end of the workout.
- The "tree position" is where you "plant" one foot into the floor, and bend the opposite leg and place the heel at the top of the "planted" thigh. Then you slowly raise your hands and put them palms together over your head. This position is impossible. If you don't believe me, try it for yourself. It's pretty much not a pretty picture. I could do the leg thing, and then I would lift my arms, and fall right over. Meanwhile the little instructor dude is like, "If you sway a little, it's OK. Trees sway." Uh-huh. Sure.
- When you've got one leg behind you, one in front of you, one arm straight up in the air, and the other behind your front foot, and your forehead on you knee, and then you are instructed to "breathe and enjoy the pose" you will feel a little resentful.
- Feeling the ligaments ripping from your bones is unpleasant.
I made it through my first Yoga lesson, and this morning I felt pretty good. No pain anywhere, which was amazing considering I didn't think I'd ever be able to peel myself off the floor. So, maybe it's not so bad after all. I'll keep you posted.