No, no photos of me in tights with my foot behind my ear.

I thought I was kinda old for yoga, but the teacher is in her mid-70s and one of the students is 86. 

Granted the teacher has been doing this for decades, so she's all limber, and she mentioned that the 86-year-old (absent today) has a small athletic body.  But still.

Actually the only other student there this morning was a 40ish (?) man who, while the teacher concentrated on me, the newbie, hung from the wall slings like a giant spider - he's a very tall thin person, looks like he was drawn out like taffy, with long long thin thin limbs.

For me, some chair work (after, of course, the mandatory breath stuff).  Interlace fingers and stretch arms out in front, then raise above head, getting arms close to ears...  That's gonna take some work. Next came knees.  I was a little dubious about twisting my new knee like that, but the teacher assured me that it would help the ligaments that hold the joint together.  Gentle twist to side, hmm. Some standing tips - pull the front thigh muscles up, wrap the hip muscles around - whether suggestion or not, I could feel that.  Then pull up the sheath of muscles inside the abdomen behind the intestines.  Not sure about that one... The shoulder stuff while leaning against wall, pressing with fingers to keep them from curling up (mine are starting a little...) Then (forget name) thing of lying on back with cushion against upper back and relaxing for 10 min. (Propped up Corpse Pose.)

I mentioned that I was not sure if I got down that I'd be able to get up again, but beforehand the teacher showed me a technique - and it worked well:  roll over onto right (because left knee is the replaced one and I don't want to kneel on it), get right knee under and then get onto hands and feet, knees bent, and walk forward to straighten legs, then straighten up entirely.  I need to practice this, given that old and creaky people can get stranded if they fall.

Teacher's husband was down for the first bit, the breath-work.  He'd had a stroke some months back and is recovering.  Had the stroke in the U.S. and tho he's a citizen and veteran, they got wiped out financially - horrendous hospital bills and then returning to B.C. by means of a 3-day ambulance ride.  I said maybe she should jack up her prices - $10 for over an hour was awfully low.  But she wants to continue on as she has for years...also it probably keeps it within range for a lot of people.  We chatted a bit about Hope as a venue for yoga, given that it's a largely retirement town, and not a lot of old people think of taking yoga.  (However, there's also a "gentle yoga" at the community centre...)

Anyway, I plan to continue this - tho there's only one more class this year before everything stops for Xmas.

The studio was in the basement of the teacher's house, tho the basement actually was the first floor and opened up into the laneway.  Immaculate hardwood floors, lots of windows, a vase of flowers with little lights in it, couple shelves with carefully folded and stored blankets and pads.  House in nice suburb - one of those with a few leftover old run-down places hanging in there while all around the snazzy big houses arise.  Their house only semi-snazzy and medium-sized.

Anyway, that's my report from the hinterlands.  Namaste.

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Comment by Dalriadane on December 15, 2016 at 6:34pm

I await the photo of you in your tights with your foot behind your ear!  :-)

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Comment by nerd cred on December 15, 2016 at 8:06pm

Sounds interesting.

Comment by Myriad on December 15, 2016 at 8:09pm

Dalriadane - it'll take a few more lessons.

Hi Jonathan, Kosh, Nerd Cred.

Comment by Ron Powell on December 16, 2016 at 4:31am

There's something about the expression on this woman's face:

Comment by Rosigami on December 16, 2016 at 9:29am

Good for you! I always like reading about the experiences you have and the people you meet along the way.
If you learn nothing else, knowing how to get yourself up from the floor is probably the most significant thing here.
The BLP and I did yoga together for about 6 months or so, several years back. It was very relaxing at first but just a bit too tedious for me after a while.

Comment by Myriad on December 16, 2016 at 10:24am

FM - I have done a bit of yoga in the past, and hated it - esp. the breathing thing, because I don't like to become aware of and have to take over these automatic functions (maybe if my mind wanders, as it is wont to do, I'll forget to breathe).  Also all that slow pace...  But I've slowed down myself over the years.  (We'll see how long I last at this!  It was either that or aquafit, and I hate water, esp. chlorinated water, and all those calisthenics even more.)

I tried tai chi once, but the teacher faced us, which meant I had to recalibrate my reluctant brain to do everything backwards.  Plus remember 108 positions, or whatever it was.  I think same reason I enjoy free-form dancing, but could never master the simplest steps.

Oh, and traditional meditation too - too fidgety for me.  One of the reasons I like Wicca is because it's a kind of meditation that involves moving around and singing and stuff.

But I really need to stretch and get the goddam kinks out...

Comment by Myriad on December 16, 2016 at 10:30am

Rosigami - yup, tedious.  First session kept my attention, but I've been here before and didn't persist.  Physical necessity may keep me here a little longer.  Yeah, I get that about relaxing at first, ahhhhhh, but after a while it starts to get tense-making....

I'm going to practice the getting-up-from-floor thing.  Couple months ago I fell in parking lot trying to keep a dog from escaping, and was like a bug on its back, waving my limbs around helplessly, while my daughters and bystanders tried to catch hold of me and heave me back up.  (I eventually yelled at everyone to leave me alone and stand back, and got myself up.  Having only one knee I'm willing to kneel on is a definite handicap.)

Comment by Myriad on December 16, 2016 at 10:38am

Ron, I think I grok that woman's expression...


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