Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -Albert Einstein
I am a person who requires moments of quiet.
Anyone else with me on that?
Sometimes I just need to recharge.
I was never a person who “worked out”. I don’t feel some great sense of enjoyment out of running, biking, or lifting weights. A treadmill makes me go absolutely stir crazy. Don’t believe me, check out this post.
I have talked before about how this move from Florida to Virginia affected my mood. To keep from drowning, the hubby convinced me to go to the gym. He also opened the blinds every morning so I didn’t dwell in a cave. I went and rotated through my list of weight machines.
And I still did not love it. But it forced me out of the house. I had also started going to a bible study and met a girl there who told me that I should check out the Bodyflow classes at the gym where we were both members. Having someone to take the class with helped me press out of my comfort zone and wander into the crowded room.
And I loved the class!
I have certain poses that are my favorites. One is Crow Pose (Bakasana). It makes me feel strong. This is only in a few BodyFlow releases that I’ve taken. The girlie and I spent a snowy day last winter working on it.
I also like Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana), Warrior II (Virabhadrasana) and Triangle (Trikonasana). I still have a long way to go on form (made even more noticeable in the fact that the photo is on self-timer and I am not that fast!), but I have seen tremendous changes in my body over the year and a half that I have been going to this class. When I started I couldn’t even get my chest off of the floor in locust pose (Salabhasana) and now I can even do Upward Bow/Wheel pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana).
I had taken yoga some when the kids were little, but Bodyflow is a little different. It is a choreographed yoga based workout. There are new releases every three months. At our gym, they do those new releases for 2 weeks and then the instructors are free to choose whatever prior release they want. I enjoy the fact that this changes things up a bit.
We warm up with tai chi inspired moves, then move on to sun salutations. After that is standing strength (think warrior poses) and then balance (tree, eagle, flower, etc…). Then we do core work, based on pilates or yoga moves. Then twists. Then stretching.
Then my favorite time of all:
When I leave there I am able to deal with the chaos of life in a slightly calmer manner. It helps me recharge my pause button (the one that stops my mouth from running before thinking things through).
I don’t lift weights because I figure my body weight is enough for me. I have long arms and legs. I can tell you that when I am holding some of these poses, my quadriceps are talking. I think this made a huge difference on my hike (another form of exercise that I actually love). My thighs did not hurt at all afterwards (calves were another story though).
If you throw in some side planks, fireflies with push ups, or whatever else ends up in the release and my arms are getting a pretty hefty workout too.
This past month I have also started going to a Pilates class at my gym.
I understand there is a lot more to yoga than what I gain from this class. I have read numerous books and scoured many a website. This class is what works with my life right now from a time of day and location perspective. And it keeps my head above water and helps me center my life.
I am stronger than I have ever been in my life.
In both body, spirit, and mind.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. -Rumi
Let your light shine!