Thursday, June 10, 2010

Long time no blog

Hello blogger friends, I know I'm sucking wind lately as far as consistent blogging goes, but this is part of the pattern at the end of the school year. Bare with me and we'll see if we can't get back on track. pic

So the yoga experiment is going well. I signed up for a beginner series at Yogasport here in D town. I've never really liked yoga, but have tried it a hand-full of times over the last 5 or so years. But a few months ago I did a random DVD yoga workout instructed by Baron Baptiste and he really turned me around. His workout was paced at a level that was challenging enough to keep it interesting but not so much that I wanted to give up. And his philosophy about it was right up my alley. So I googled him, and I'll be darned if there wasn't a Baptiste studio here in Dallas! I signed up for the beginner workshop and wow, I'm totally hooked.

For one thing, these people at Yogasport are the friendliest and happiest people I've ever met. It's like I'm back in D'ego hanging around the beach bums again. And that glow that you see in people when they love their life? Every one of them are walking around with it. pic

And it's not just the people. Yoga really is awesome. It's not just the hype you always hear. It really has made me a more patient and calm person even just in the month that I've been going. And I can tell a difference in my body, too. I feel stronger and more in touch with it, and even a little more loving towards it.

How is it affecting the lymphedema, you ask? Well, interestingly enough, it's made it better. Now let me say that the first few times I went the class, like all physical activity I do, the yoga made my leg swell up quite a bit. And I am still not to the level that I can go more than once or twice a week without being in significantly more pain. But as I stuck with it, the swelling began to get better and - no shit- I can feel parts of my leg that I haven't felt in 4 years or so. I gained some of the sensation back. Is that crazy, or what? pic

With the end of the school year and the promotion ceremonies and moving out of my classroom and the Talent Show and the Fun Run and such, I didn't get to go to yoga for a week or 2, and that has really a difference. But now I'm back, and planning on signing up for the beginner series all over again in July so that I can work up to 2 or 3 days a week. I'm hooked, I tell you, and looking forward to signing up for a Baptiste Bootcamp and the 40 day personal revolution program offered by Yogasport within the next year. I'm telling you- for the first time ever, I see why people become obsessed with this practice. I feel better about myself every time I go.
So try yoga! I dare you! Much like Charlie Murphy dares you to challenge Prince to a game of ball.

btw: How awesome is that 1st picture up there? You have to read the article on this lady, she's crazy awesome. You can click on the pik or click here for the Yoga Journal article. And you thought it was a joke! Bam. You just got mad served.

P.s.- Why did blogger make it so damn hard to hyperlink photos now?


Bob B. said...

Nice to see you back. You passed your 5-year anniversary a while back didn't you? If so, congratulations! Life doesn't sound too bad.

Randi said...

Yoga sounds great, maybe it will help me too, although the swelling tends to go to the lower abdomen late afternoon (really sexy-huh)anyway i thought maybe you could put the Mela-KNOW-more link on your web-site. This guy Andy Caress is doing something amazing for all of us-check out his story. It will inspire you. Take care

Tina Sullivan said...

Glad to hear yoga is doing good things for your body. I started this year in January and have noticed a significant decrease in the pain in my arms (lymp nodes removed underneath both arms). I actually have days now with none. Amazing!

Kelly Kane said...

Well since we are soul sistas perhaps I need to give yoga another shot. I only tried it once (other than on my Wii which is impossible) and I went with my super fit yogatastic friend which made it even more intimidating :)

Needless to say, I'll probably try it by my lonesome. I'll google your yoga idol as well and see if there are any Boston-ish locations.

I joined a co-ed softball team a month or so ago to try and add some activity into my life. Not too bad - but my ankles start to hate me for a few days afterwards.

Miss you!


Floridogz said...

Good to see ya back...ahhh summer!
We have been doing P90X (you know from the infomercial) which is a kicker... YogaX is the hardest thing I have ever done, so like a trooper, I went back to my old yoga DVDs.
I just don't get why yoga makes me cry sometimes. Srsly.
Glad this is helping and Happy Summer!
Love, S.A.

Randi said...

Maybe you can post this one under links also

Thanks-sounds like you are doin great!

JoAnn's Cousin said...

I'm glad you are doing well! Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Now you understand why I love yoga is a practice that brings physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. I have been studying a 7 week practice that is specifically for cancer survivors - hope to be teaching it in the fall. Faith


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