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While this blog is really about my first experiences with yoga, it’s really even more about trying something new. As my body has become more rigid over the years, I find that often my will shows the same symptoms. I’m not always motivated to do something differently, or begin learning something that might challenge me.

This year I committed myself to try yoga. I attended my first class on Tuesday. Now, this class is led by a friend of mine who is offering it to our organizations staff, volunteers, and clients for free. It’s held in our facility in what we call the “wellness room“. Unfortunately, at this time, this very large room is not heated or air conditioned. I nearly froze to death! I couldn’t meditate or concentrate, all I could think about was getting warm. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia and the cold just makes me ache all over. I was not having fun.

While a part of me was certainly entertaining the idea of not returning, after all, it was an hour and a half commitment that I was struggling to keep, I decided to try it again. Donning my long underwear under my clothing, and a wool sweater atop, I went again to yoga on Thursday morning.

To my surprise, the House Manager had started the wood burner, which is vented into the wellness room. She has also added two space heaters. Now, the room was far from warm, but what an improvement! It really warmed up my attitude too!

So now I’m stretching, reaching, bending, and yes, hurting. But I can see a light at the end of this tunnel. As my body remembers some of the things it used to be able to do, my spirit is also being stretched. “Focus, breathe, receive“, I hear my yoga friend instructing.  

It's going to be a good year. I can feel  it!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jan 17, 2009
    • Way to go, Cindy. I have never been interested in yoga for myself, but admire the people who can do it. You have a lot of discipline!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 17, 2009
    • Thanks for the kudos, girls! The proof of discipline will be in the follow through. I may have to ask for a kick in the seat every so often! Anyone volunteer for the job?estatic



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 17, 2009
    • That’s exactly what I mean, chinadoll! You volunteering?



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 17, 2009
    • There is the Kick Butt group which I believe you are the member already.  That’s what we do in that group.  Kick each other butts.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 17, 2009
    • Good for you! I too am trying yoga since I heard it will help with relieving the oldies (as I put it). I have found that I don’t stretch as well as I used to but I am stretching better than I did the 1st time I tried yoga. I also find that it is easier when it’s warm. I would like to try the class that does yoga in room similar to a sauna....but that may be the cold talking this morning!

      Keep on moving....



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 17, 2009
    • Vikki, the hot yoga appeals to me too! So what if I sweat a little, it’s better than freezing! I guess I’ll find out this summer, as the room isn’t air conditioned either! haha!

      Chinadoll, thanks for the kick butt reminder!



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Jan 17, 2009
    • I really admire you for trying this Cindy. Please let us know how it goes for you..... so some of the rest of us might try it.  Wow, that took GUTS!

      Your spirit is REALLY shinning through girl!

      Big Hugs~



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      Waxwing wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Ok - I have a very silly, but practical question......I too have started yoga after years of being sedentary due to an illness. It feels nice to stretch and try to stand on one foot - instead of sitting on one cheek !

      But here is my question, it is embarrassing, GULP : what kind of underwear does one wear for yoga ?  

      I am too embarrassed to ask anyone in my class.  Many of the women are quite younger and they show up in these tight shorts and pants with no panty lines and crop tops !

       I am always trying to find a really long t-shirt to cover my butt ( though I am SURE no one is looking at it ! LOL ) and hide the moving underwear - my underwear can apparently get into positions I can’t.

      And so much of the “yoga” wear is the same thing. I am thinking about getting a lightweight tunic, down to my thighs.  I don’t know.....I know this sounds silly, but it really gets in the way of me relaxing during yoga , especially when there are men behind me !

      Any suggestions would be really appreciated by me (and the class, I am sure) estatic



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Hi Waxwing! I’m sure I am the wrong one to answer this question! I just wear my regular underwear, with long johns and plain old knit pants. My group is not real fashion conscious, but they do have regular yoga pants and tops. I’ve been holding off on purchasing anything new to see if I like it and will stick with it. But I’ll have to ask them about their underwear! lol!

      Kudos to you for getting involved again! I sure had the wrong impression of yoga not really being exercise!

      Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, I even have a hole in my pants where I cut the tag out and cut too close! hahahaha!  Just have fun!



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      Linni wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • good job Cindy! im proud of you!



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      Waxwing wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • coachmomb - thanks for solving the “bloating” problem for me !!!!!!

      PS _ I really don’t care if I am fashionable or not - I just don’t want my underwear to “outperform” me !!!   LOL



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