Hello dear reader(s)!
Do you do Yoga? Should you? Do you think it is a bunch of crap? Should you? Am I asking too many questions? Should I stop? Do I care? What am I doing? Didn’t I want to post about Yoga?
Okay, so it all started up in Seattle while I was in and out of the hospital. My wife and mother were stressed (Gee, I wonder why?) and were looking for something to do in order to alleviate that. Plus, months of sleeping on hospital cots was not very easy on my wife’s muscles and bones. So desperate for something to help…they turned to YouTube. Specifically, they found this:
Now, being unable to walk, or sometimes sit up, this was not an option for me until many months later. Specifically, the day before yesterday. So, working to relax, and be mindful and present in the moment instead of entertaining the obsessive thoughts that plague my tiny little mind, I let my wife talk me into trying it. Here are my observations:
- With the music? Really? I get it, Yoga comes from a certain area, and the music in the video may be representative of the music of said area…however, I just picture Stevie Nicks lookalikes with their crystals around them and dayglo posters on the walls.
- Laughter gets in the way of the exercises It starts with the music, but there are a couple of other points where I just lose it. The line, “you may smile gently” is not something that I can get through without cracking up. I think that I end up smiling a little more roughly than intended.
- Prana? Are midi-chlorians involved?
- Yes, I can feel my fingers tingling It is called circulation. Why does everything that helps to bring about a feeling of peace, awareness, relaxation, or focus always have to involve some mysterious force? It really is an injustice to the wonders of our brain and bodies.
- Holy crap that woman is flexible I can grasp my upper calf in the sitting down with legs extended position. (I bet there is some name for it, but I don’t know it, and I don’t care.) The day before yesterday, I could reach my knee. Which means…
- This actually works There is a reason Yoga is popular. After the first moves involving your legs, you really do feel the difference. There is no question that the stretching is helpful, and if you aren’t pushing too hard, they are good for you. So physically, it is wonderful. I am still very limited when it comes to range of motion. I also have a pretty messed up (as always, messed up is a technical medical term…Don’t you love recycled jokes?) back and neck. I think my 3rd vertebra is compressed or there is a disc issue, or something they told me in the hospital that was irrelevant to the big picture of just trying to survive. “Hey doc, I have dry skin too, but let’s just focus on keeping me from succumbing to this blood infection, shall we?” But yes, on a physical level this works, but on a mental level…
- This actually works For me. As always this is my blog-type-thing and the opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise cited or your comments or other things I really shouldn’t have to explain because they should be completely obvious like the way that I use run-on sentences with pride but aren’t because some people are always looking to tear others down and waiting for them to slip up. But really, part of the way through this video and doing the Yoga (Does Yoga need to be capitalized? I should look that up, but that would require opening another tab and typing something into Google and I already did something today.) I found myself zoning out. The thoughts were not spinning around and around in my head, and I was certainly feeling relaxed. Unlike other meditation practices, the physical movement kept me from falling asleep. Even in my weak and stiff condition, I was still able to do most of the things in this video (though not nearly to the points that the woman does). That, to me is one of the great things about this. You don’t have to be very healthy to get it going. So stretched, relaxed and great…
- Except for that smile gently line Just can’t get past it. Ruins it for me every time. I am feeling totally relaxed and then, BAM! I start giggling like a school kid who happens to giggle a lot. I am brought back to reality. Luckily
- The relaxation of 3 minutes toward the end is awesome But I don’t wanna get up and you can’t make me!!!!
If you haven’t figured it out, I am not a doctor and therefore thusly henceforth, this is not medical advice. Consult a doctor before you begin any physical activity, including involuntary ones such as breathing and allowing your heart to beat. Just don’t sue me, because I am broke anyway.
Do you have any experience with Yoga? What about Yogi? I would love to hear about them in the comments, or read, as the case may be. Can you post audio files in comments? Hmmm, I’d look that up, but I already did something today.