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Geriatric Yoga...Now That's An Idea!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The girls that I work with are awesome! There are six of us and we compliment each other so well! We are always coming up with ways to "improve" ourselves. One of my coworkers has a beautiful, young, flexible daughter who is now a Yoga instructor. She graciously offered to come on Tuesdays after work and give us group instruction. Last week was my first week to attend. Thankfully, there were only three of us that were able to attend...so that means there were only two of my co-workers that saw how totally out of shape I am. Now, I have done Yoga before, at home in the privacy of my living room with no one else around except the dog. I even relegated DH to the back room until I was done. It was your basic, beginner Yoga video and I thought I did quite well! That was over two years ago. Today, I am realizing how totally out of shape I truly am!

Downward Dog is the bain of my existence! You are on all fours...with your butt stuck up in the air...waiting...and waiting. Instructor says "Now, stretch your right leg out straight behind you, remembering to breathe. Now, lift your left arm up, straight forward. Don't forget to breathe!" Something like that. When she told me to lift my right leg...I kind of zoned out. What the....how....dang! That hurts!!! And, do you know how hard it is in the first place for a 260 pound woman to hold up all that poundage in a downward dog position??? It's hard! My wrists are killing me...all the blood is rushing to my head...my boobage is slapping me in the face...and some cute, little, thin girl in a cute, little Spandex leggin thingy is telling me to "breathe". Puleeeeeze!!! And, that's just one pose! We have the Plank, Warrior One, Happy Baby, Crow (forget that one), Cobra...and more that I don't even know the name of. And, my Happy Baby ain't that happy.



Luckily, she is a wonderful instructor and is very patient and caring about us old, worn out, stove up, inflexible women who have worn themselves out over the years. And, I can honestly say, after two weeks I do, indeed, feel better. Not during...definitely not during...but after. Like...a day after. My neck is still sore, my lower back is sore and my arms are sore. But, it's a good sore. Maybe my baby will be happy before too long. But, don't count on that downward dog to feel any better!!!

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  • FRANCESCANAZ
    GOOD FOR YOU! YOGA is really the best. without it I go downhill quick (balance & flexibility) Unfortunately I haven't done it all summer! I need to get back to it and your blog was just what I needed to read to motivate me. Gracia amiga
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    2611 days ago
  • CAT-IN-CJ
    LOVE IT! And I love your humor!!!!!

    And, can I ever relate!!!!

    I have to modify nearly every pose to compensate for weak wrists, bad shoulder, etc. etc. etc. . . . you know what I mean.

    Keep it up . . . it'll pay off.
    2612 days ago
  • no profile photo BAMAJAM
    Oh---how funny---how very funny!!

    It happened to me that I attended a "kickbox" class of very young gals--- I was the very senior citizen. I lasted about 10 minutes and that was AWFUL--!
    As I was departing from the building the clerk at the counter said---"It's not over yet"
    I laughed and replied--- "It is for ME"... Then I added, "All I knew how to do was to drink from my water bottle."------SAD!
    2612 days ago
  • LIZSPRINGSTEEN
    LOVE the pictures. Never did yoga. But I can totally imagine because I'm just under 260 lbs. Glad you're working on getting fit and healthy!
    2613 days ago
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