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Respect and yoga

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Looking around for things to do with my daughter I found out there were a free yoga class in the town. We were going there to put up posters for the theatre so we adjusted the time and arrived at the yoga place 20 minutes before it would start... a big room three ladies who chatted with eachother, nobody to greet us, we took a mat and found a place. Lots of more ladies arrived, I think we were about 25 women and two men in that class - kudos to the men who dared coming... and kudos to me because it was rather awful.

I am so fat that I can´t do indian sitting - I have to sit with my legs stretched out in front of me and since I have all this fat on my front it is also hard to sit in an upright position without support - an angle of 90 is hard when you have a big cushion of fat in the fold... I also have a hard time both to get to the floor not to speak about getting up... I gritted my teeth and endured and thought of what a great example I set for my daughter, participating although I am not as good as anybody else present....It shocked me a bit to find out how stiff I am in my arms, have to work that a little...

I think I will go again, they have a free class every tuesday in july and if I go these four times I might find out if it is something I want to do as an activity this autumn... I don´t think daughter will accompany me more times though, she found it utterly boring. I am looking for something that she finds interesting enough but still helps her to relax, she is very restless.

The other subject for today - respect. I read in one of my forums that if you can´t love yourself you might at least respect yourself - and it struck a chord. If I met myself I would probalby like me although I would find me a piece of work, a little too much...but still fun and more interesting than those who hides everything. But I would definitelyrespect me - for trying so much, for the willingness to be vulnerable and try new situations, for the kindness I show others, for the efforts I make...

And respect is great, it is the foundation for a loving relation.

So I am okay with self respect.

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    Sometimes it's hard to love ourselves, but respect is a good start. It's easier once you realise that what you actually don't like is what you DO rather than WHO you ARE. Change the equation - Love YOU - dislike WHAT you do that you don't like.


    Hope that makes sense....

    2330 days ago
    Yes, RESPECT. Something I clearly need to do. THanks for the reminder!
    I tried some yoga classes a few years back and was a rigid telephone pole it seemed. I was the only one who could bend like a pretzel and it really bugged me. I was determined to work on my flexibility but probably won't return to yoga since it just was too tough. I admire those bendy pretzel people!
    And hey, kudos to you for getting some mom and daughter time in, yay!

    2330 days ago
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    Kudos for trying Yoga!

    Making peace with myself and my body is what I am aiming. Love and respect will follow later. Hopefully.
    Congrats on being gentle to your self!

    2330 days ago
    It took me awhile to get excited about yoga, too. I tried it in my 20s a few times and didn't like it, then took it up again when I was 36 or so and have loved it ever since. I'm short waisted with large chest so some of the poses are difficult for me. But I must say yoga has changed my life! Yoga and running.

    2330 days ago
    Yoga was hard for me at first too; couldn't sit at 90 degrees, couldn't reach my toes sitting or standing; but I did stay with it. I've had several different instructors and each teaches differently; but all use the basic poses. It's all good, increased flexibility, relaxation, most of all--I've stayed with it because I love the way it makes my body feel and move. I love that it's non competitive; each participant doing what they can where they are at. No one is watching anyone else unless they are just learning and looking for direction. It's a very self absorbed activity and really puts you in touch with your body. Now, I do a few poses every morning to strengthen my core, increase flexibility and keep my shoulders flexible. My favorite pose to stretch my reach is extended child's pose. No back problems today. emoticon
    2330 days ago
    I tried yoga once before, but did not give it a fair chance. I hope that with the class being free, that you will give it a try. emoticon
    2330 days ago
    Practice the yoga moves you learned in class at home - and then the next time you go back to class - you'll find it a little easier. Just keep doing it - no matter what - and in no time at all, your body will become more flexible and you'll find it easier and easier to do the moves. There are "modifications" to every yoga pose. If you are struggling, ask the instructor to show you the modification for any particular pose you are having problems with. Best of luck to you. Yoga is a wonderful way to "treat your body well" and to "get in touch with your breathing and mind". It's a big stress reliever too! Win! Win! Win! I hope you'll keep at it. Never give up, ok? emoticon emoticon
    2330 days ago
    Yoga has been very important to me. It helps me relax and get back to 'myself'.
    I love it that you went and did the class in spite of the disadvantages you had. GOOD FOR YOU.

    Maybe dancing could help your daughter relax?

    And I really like the quote about respecting oneself.
    2330 days ago
    We can so totally do it....
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