Inspired by Diana many bloggers have been taking time on Fridays to think about things that we're grateful for. This week, I've been thinking, with much gratitude, about my yoga classes. Now, I'm not very good at yoga. I'm not naturally flexible and as I approach 50, I seem to be getting a bit less flexible all the time. I work out at the gym five days a week, but I've focused most of my attention on cardio with some weight training.
However, I'm coming to realize that I need more balance, in every sense of the word. So last year, I began to drop into yoga classes. Not often, perhaps once a week. This week, for a change, I tried a hot yoga class and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I don't really like heat, and at 90 minutes and about 100 degrees F, it's pretty intense.
Yet I found the heat also helped me move into poses and hold them more easily. Strangely, it was also really relaxing, perhaps because I was so focused on how hot the room was, that I forgot about everything else!
The more yoga I practice, the more I can feel my shoulders and arms, and my core becoming stronger. Which is important; I'm not trying to cheat age, but I would like to be strong enough to stay healthy and be able to lift a heavy suitcase (is there any other kind?) onto a Trenitalia train for many more years to come!
BTW, this photo is from the Dominion Post in New Zealand showing a five-year-old trying the 'basket' pose.