Fitness, Multiple sclerosis, Struggles, Uncategorized, What was I thinking?

Namaste

Looks like I’ll be dusting off my mat and limbering up to align my chakras — after reading this article in the Los Angeles Times, I think I’ll be giving yoga a try.

That’s because I haven’t found an exercise or activity that has helped me cope with the physical ravaging and mental draining that comes with the MS territory.

I tend to push myself too hard (big surprise) and pay for it later. Right now my exacerbation has spread to my whole torso and most of my right arm — punishment, I’m sure, for 20 minutes of high-energy modern dancing in my living room I did earlier this week.

Most activities are out:

Walking presents a challenge — I can feel like a worldbeater at the beginning of a 2-mile excursion, but somewhere along the way I tire out. And then what? Hitchhike? Call for help? Hope for a second wind?

Ditto for bike-riding, but oh how I love the Big Dam Bridge and the trails winding to it.

The Wii Fit and other games might be an option, but my balance is really off right now so I would never progress.

Exercise tapes tend to bore me.

Dance used to be my refuge, but that has proven too strenuous, at least for now.

If only there was a low-impact activity that really worked on my core and balance and could help center me, physically and mentally. Ahhhhh, yes. Yoga!

I like this quote I found on one of those silly quote websites (don’t lie, you know you go to them, too!):

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

In case you are wondering, Iyengar is like the big (downward?) dog of the yoga world. He could give Jack LaLanne (or Jack Palance, for that matter) a run for his money.

So I will take his nugget of advice, and then take a deep breath.

The first of many.

7 thoughts on “Namaste”

    1. Yoga sounds like the perfect exercise for you. But yeah, I probably wouldn’t attempt “the tree” right now. 🙂

      I need to get back into doing yoga. Maybe we could do it together sometime.

      1. you know, breezy osborne (yes, those osbornes!) owns Barefoot Studio now. and there’s an introduction to yoga course we could sign up for!

  1. I took yoga from several different teachers before I found one that appealed to me. If there is an Anusara Yoga class near you, check it out. The Anusara teachers have extra training and really take the time to make sure you are using the correct alignment to get into and out of poses, not forcing your body into the pose. It’s all about doing what’s right for where you are now, not forcing yourself into an ideal.

  2. (I can’t seem to get my replies in the right place. Oh well.)

    Oddly enough, when I took cotillion (don’t ask) when I was 11, Breezy was one of the instructors. (She was only like 13 or 14, I think.)

    1. My mom used to have a bought-from-TV pilates glider thingy. I really liked it. A lot of dancers do Pilates, too. I think it’s yoga minus the meditation in a lot of ways.

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