Yogi lessons

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No, not that Yogi.

The other kind .. as in yoga. That’s right, yoga.

See, I’ve had this DVD sitting around for probably 6 months now. Just took the plastic off last week.  Popped it in after a long walk, thinking it might benefit me. And it did.

But wait – there’s more!

Tuesday night, after two days of 7 hour webinars, my neck felt as though it was made of concrete. Ding! I’ll do the yoga tape, I thought.

Oh the lessons I’ve learned:

  1. In grade school, when I would lay on my stomach and show off by touching my toes to the back of my head?  Not not happening now, unless it’s at gunpoint.
  2. I’m going to lose some poundage just doing the moves successfully.  (My .. ahem .. girls get in the way…)  However, having a little extra padding makes lying on a yoga mat even more comfy.
  3. Speaking of, I can doze off in under 2 minutes while stretched out on a hardwood floor.  That should tell you something about the effectiveness of the breathing exercises: a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
  4. Dust bunnies the size of house cats live under our exercise equipment.   Serenity now! Not.
  5. The stretches feel wonderful, but I have to resist my inner lizard to just go for it… which, more than likely, is the point.   Ah Grasshoppa, you get it now!

How about you?  Are you a Yogi? (practitioner of Yoga)

Here’s the DVD I’m enjoying; so far so good! Buy yours here .

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  1. I laughed at several things in your post: can’t relate to big “girls”, but the dust bunnies – THOSE I can relate to!

    • Yep, definitely in the way … and I was all stretched out and relaxed, turned my head to the left and saw the hairy dusty things living under my treadmill – eek! I had to resist the urge to stop the Yoga pose and go get my vacuum, but I managed .. 🙂 MJ

  2. haha Not even at gunpoint could I do #1.

  3. PJ

    I adore yoga. I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like but when I do I love the way I feel during and after. So glad you’ve jumped in too!

  4. I’ve never seriously tried yoga but have always wanted to. Now–talk of dust bunnies–that’s my language. That’s my life!

    • Oh .. please know, I am no Yogini. Try Yoga-dork 🙂 That’s why I work out at home .. where no one can see me grit my teeth, my purple face and crazy hair .. not to mention the get ups. Ha! But .. I will attest to the stretching results and *Ping* the amazing sleep later … blissful.

      Hugs to you, too 🙂 MJ

  5. I tried Yoga once and ended up at the Chiropractor
    Stretches feel wonderful though and I sure agree with you about relaxation breathing
    Prayers for your day

    • I hear you, Susie … I actually want to do this again, and I can see why people get hooked 🙂 Thanks for weighing in .. MJ

  6. Like Dianna, I cannot relate to the big girls, but can to dust bunnies and dozing off. Have you heard of Praise Moves? I’ll be checking that out today.
    Keep the Faith!

  7. I tried a yoga DVD a few months ago, because I’ve heard only good things and that it’s so healthy to do. It was harder than I thought it would be, physically, which was no problem. But the worst part was that I was bored – I never expected that and I was disappointed. Maybe they’re not all like that?

    • I haven’t done many of them, but I really like this one b/c there are several workouts on it – one invigorating for mornings (which I have yet to try) and another relaxation one. It might be that you did a long relaxing one and it was just too long for you 🙂 Cheers! MJ

  8. Don’t I wish! But, you have inspired me to give it thought. Does that count?

  9. Yogini here! However, lately the main pose I’ve been doing is the blogasana 🙂 The stretching is good but the resting/relaxation at the end is usually what sends me off to la-la land. OM.

  10. I tried to do the yoga exercises on my Wii Fit, but found that I have no balance. I’ve been working on my core in Body Works classes at the gym, so maybe yoga has a place in my future. It certainly sounds wonderful!

  11. Oh my #1… Angel touches… yeah, those are from bygone decades… LOL

    Good for you for trying! I am doing wii Yoga 1x a week and my core is stronger and my balance is the big thing that I’ve seen improve.

    I have the A-Z of Pilates DVD box sitting on the coffee table right here next to me and I just keep staring at it… the box hasn’t been opened 😀

    • “Angel Touches!” now that I will remember – ha!
      I’m so glad you’re seeing the benefits of Yoga … I know ppl who are absolutely addicted to it… now Pilates is another story 🙂 MJ

  12. I love yoga but I found an old belly dancing DVD when I was cleaning behind the tv a few weeks ago. I’m addicted.

    • How fun; I’ve always wanted to try belly dancing…. hmmm maybe I’ll see if Comcast OnDemand has it in their exercise library? 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration .. MJ

  13. I’ve been walking my puppy every day, trying to teach her to walk on a leash and ignore distractions. But the pollen is killing me and it lays in the pond like scum. May have to suspend the training for indoor exercises – which as you say – will require dusting off the disks. You really do feel better when you just do it.

    • Agreed, Renee. We’re a little behind you on the pollen dusting but I know it’s coming … on the cool days after a rain, I walk with Doggus outside. On the other days like this week when we hit record highs, I got it done .. inside :). Cheers!

  14. I can’t say I will start tomorrow or even in the next few days, but I know I need to move more. This morning I was so gimpy, each step hurt. I’ve been sedentary for too long. I know this – and I feel I am getting closer to changing that fact. But … not .. just .. yet. (Maybe it is the fear of the dust bunnies I will surely find!) 🙂

  15. I think it’s great you gave yoga a try! Keep at it, it only gets better!

    • I definitely will — I can’t stretch too far but that’s a reminder to keep going b/c I know I have much to gain by doing it 😉 MJ

  16. So happy you joined us yogis 🙂 No matter how stressful my day/week is, when I get to yoga (even to teach a class) I come away refreshed and ready. And much calmer. And that doesn’t even take into account the core, balance & strength benefits I gain from it! Let me know if you need any one on one lessons to completely get the most out of a pose. 🙂

  17. I have a yoga dvd, and also found dust bunnies! Who knew? The stretching is so good for me. I need to use it more often.

    • The stretching feels soooo good, that’s why I go back to this DVD again and again. Who needs to be punished? I’d rather feel good afterward than ouchy 🙂 MJ

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