Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Y" is for Yoga: A-Z Challenge

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Y is for Yoga

Palms meet, head bows
     “Namaste” 
the student learns
draws in serenity
expels chaos

arms flow in circular patterns
yin yang
pushes out negative
pulls in positive

I am a willow
learning to bend
not snap
in tree pose

under emotions

I am a wave
learning to wash ashore
without a thunderous crash
     in a crouched position
of water too heavy
to carry

I glide upon the sands
of a time
arms stretch out….up…out

I dance along the shore
I stretch my legs down
Beyond measure, quiver

I bow
Namaste

My teacher

Namaste

~~Yoga has been essential to my recovery in healing from the disclosure of my hubby's sex addiction.  It's been awhile since I've been able to give it proper attention but I'm happy to say recent developments lead me to think this may change very soon.~~

Do you exercise?  Ever try yoga?

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This post is part of the A-Z Challenge.  Wanna see more?



37 comments:

  1. And you're a poet! That was really nice.
    I've tried yogurt. Wait, not the same?
    I do work out and jog four-five times a week at the gym. Great way to relieve stress.
    Still enjoying Face Off?

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    1. Surprise, surprise, look at who's number one at my blog? hehehe

      No, yogurt's not the same but it's still yummy. In fact, I think I'll have some in minute. Wow - jogging that many times a week? Color me impressed, Ninja Man! Speaking of which, I need to vote over at Father Dragons place!!

      I finished Face Off and was very pleased with the results. They choose well.

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  2. I've never tried it, but I have a friend who swears by Yoga. Not sure I have the balance for yoga.

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    1. When I first started to yoga, my balance was terrible. It's been a couple of months since I've been able to do it because of health reasons but - I'm going to give it a go in a little while. I know I'll have to be kind to myself and not expect too much but I'm pretty excited!! (hoping I don't crash into the coffee table hahaha)

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  3. I've never tried it either because I am not at all flexible and I'm so afraid I'll fart or start laughing if someone else does. I know, I'm so mature. ;) But overall I loathe exercise. All I will willingly do is walk.

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    1. Walking is really great exercise. My hubby walks every day with the dogs. Far and fast. Rain, snow, sleet, nothing stops that man. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of working out in front of other people. While it can be pretty motivating because, well, I'm pretty competitive, I'd also be embarrassed at how out of shape I am. And, yeah, if someone farted, I'd bust out laughing too. So, I guess that makes me immature. Or just human. =)

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  4. The only one I don't do is crane, standing on my head with my back, no way hosa. Everything else I give a go, and can do them all now with ease. And work out 2 hours a day 6 days a week at my sea, P90X3 in the morning and P90X at night, easy peasy now.

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    1. Oh and yeah I do it by myself as sometimes I may pass a little gas hahaha

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    2. Listen to you, Pat Hatt! I'm so excited for you. I really am. When we first started bitching and whining about our ailments last year, you were just starting out with the P90X (wow, now that I think back, it's been two years hasn't it because I was working - gah!) and now you're kicking ass! Go You!! I've got a huge smile on my face for you.

      I can't do anything that requires me to put pressure on my head. But, that's okay, I can still do a ton. Something is better than nothing. Which leads me to doing something today, now that I can flex my hands without pain.

      Although, I do hope the cat is nearby so when you pass gas so it gets in his face.

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    3. Yeah it keeps me standing and a bit less pain and such, so away I go, there are a few in the new one, p90x3, I have to get used to, pilates is a pain in the arse lol the cat is sometime near, but he seems to like it haha, started it back in september, and yeah it's been over 2 years since I started whining too lol

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  5. I've tried yoga in the past. I hope someday to try pilates and tai chi as well. Right now, however, I'm doing zilch LOL!

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    1. I would like to try tai chi too. I love to watch how structured their form is while they move so fluidly. I think it's stunning. Not sure, why, but I pictured you as a yogi.

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  6. I love yoga. It is the perfect sort of exercise for people who want to get rid of stress. I hadn't done it for a long time and then started again a few months ago. Now I am stopped because I have started taking ballroom dance classes and am getting my exercise there. Though your post reminds me of how much I love it. Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH exercise?

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    1. I had to stop yoga for a bit because of my auto-immune disease but I tried it again this morning and it was so damn liberating to do. The sad part was that I'm back to basics. I mean really back to scratch. But, it's better than sitting and doing nothing. I did ball room dancing one time and loved it. But, I threw out my back hahaha I felt so old. I wasn't even out of my twenties when it happened. My partner had to go with someone to all the classes. Bummer!

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  7. you know. i would actually like to take yoga at some point...there seem to be so many cleansing benefits to it....i have done dance with my wife and its fun to do together and a great source of exercise....

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    1. Just like Debra, I picture you doing yoga. I can see you in a pair of those white yoga pants being all zen on your yoga mat. Must be the poet in you. I bet it's something you and your wife could do together. She'd love it.

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  8. I am a dry stick
    I bend, I snap
    I pop in places that should be silent
    I fall down and crawl to
    my pepsi...

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    1. See, that's what's wrong, Chris. You're choosing Pepsi over Coke. If you drank Coke, there'd be no snapping, only pure bendiness.

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  9. I stretch
    Out of reach
    I plea
    Come hither

    I beckon
    It stays
    Out of reach
    I sit

    Loosing patience
    Stretch some more
    Building energy
    Motivation eludes

    I stretch
    Out of reach
    I cry
    It weeps tears of sweat

    I stand
    Extended arm
    Firmly grasps
    The ice cold beer

    I swallow
    It soothes
    Godly nectar
    Refreshing beer.

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    1. So, as much as I want to bust your balls about this, I just can't. Because it's really good, Dan despite you not meaning for it to be, it is. You just can't help but write well. And, you used the word beckon. Such a great word!

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    2. If you say so. Maybe you're just encouraging me to write more so you can come bust my balls on my blog.

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  10. There's one exercise for the back that's a real life saver for the desk job junky like me! :)

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    1. I'm really terrible about learning the names of the poses (except the tree pose, warrior pose and the other easy ones) but my favorite is the wave because it stretches my whole body, especially my back! Love it!!

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  11. Lovely poem Elsie. The flow echoes that of the body and spirit combined whilst maintaining a pose.

    I know I would benefit from yoga, but have never gotten round to learning it. The only thing I do daily that is a workout is to play my drums for a couple hours.

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    1. I bet playing the drums works out your entire body - arms and legs, right? Plus, what a great way to blow off some steam!!

      I'm not too pleased with this poem. I couldn't find the right way for the words to flow properly for me. You got the right meaning and how I wanted it to come across but, I don't know, just not my best. Meh.

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  12. Yoga seems like it would be wonderful for both mind and body, I would really like to try it. I wonder if my ankle would hold up?

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    1. Something tells me you'd really enjoy it. I think if you're gentle with yourself, you'd be okay. For me, I have to watch my head/neck/shoulders because of my migraines and what ever is going on with my body right now. It was just my migraines but the pain has started radiating to other parts of my body so I just take it easy now. Today, I was able to do way more than I've done in recent months and it kicked ass! I was so pleased!!

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  13. I like doing yoga. I try to do it every so often,

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    1. Me too. It really stretches me out and gives me that chance to just breath.

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  14. I think I'm too Type A to enjoy yoga, but mostly it's just that I don't want to go to a class to work out! I just walk on my treadmill.

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  15. Nice post . . . I have dodgy feet if I tried Yoga I would either fall over or just end up limping about a lot.

    So one more day to go and then it is back to blogging about Zombies, Steam Powered Ducks and Aliens eating bacon sandwiches again I guess (thats me, you dont have to do that).....

    Good luck with Z

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  16. Not seriously and once in a while only ~ I enrolled though for 10 dancing class, once a week for 2 hours with a group of 30 people ~ Such fun to do Elsie ~ Wishing you happy day & April is almost over, smiles ~

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  17. I love yoga, and it's been instrumental in my own healing, too. Unfortunately - REALLY unfortunately - I can't do it right now. I'm a massage therapist, and the strain on my arms and hands in constant downward dog/plank is too much for me. Someday, I hope to do it on a regular basis again.

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  18. Love, love, love, love, love yoga. Good stuff. For sure.

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  19. I love Yoga I try but not always I can is so good for everybody!!xo

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  20. Hi Elsie - I've never been/felt flexible enough for yoga ... so I did pilates for a while - and now I need to get into a routine for exercising generally and just remembering how fit I was a few years ago ... wonderful comments you've had here ..

    Congratulations on finishing and it's been great meeting you .. see you soon .. cheers Hilary

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  21. Never yoga but I used to exercise. Its something I really need to get back to, even if only a little bit. Something is better than nothing, right?

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