Yoga looked so easy and relaxing, until I tried it.
“Breathe, maintain your center of balance, lift one foot, using your hand and place it on your opposite thigh, knee turned out. Bring hands together, front centered..”
So begins the instructions for the Yoga practice known as the Tree pose. It sounds simple enough and not the least bit dangerous or even painful. IT LIES.
Yoga is about maintaining body centeredness, core stability and deep breathing. This should be RELAXING. Umm.. Hello. IT IS NOT. (At least, not so far).
Maybe it’s because I’m using the Wii Fit Yoga method…Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Maybe it’s because my yoga partner is a 6 year old who giggles while I wobble. I’m not sure WHY, but I KNOW I do not look like the pics and videos I’ve been viewing.
The yoga instructors look calm and relaxed- my face is scrunched up in a mix of: concentration and pain while sweat is dripping down my back . The yoga instructor looks serene and stands elegantly motionless. My ankles shake and I sway like a top heavy sapling in it’s first summer storm.
In the Yoga class of life I may be more tree-frog than tree pose, but I’m making progress. During this lenten season- I’ve felt that I needed to add things into my life that would nourish and care for the life that God has given me. An aspect of my life that has been long neglected is the physical aspect..
I’ve started 3 simple things:
1) Eating food, not products.
2) Feeding myself instead of starving myself until I’m ravenous and then stuffing myself.
3) Exercising to strengthen my body for service.
I used to run. ALOT. I miss the rhythm and the meditational quality of running, what I don’t miss is my former obsession with it. I’d like to learn to run in moderation. I’ve set a small goal: to run a 5 k race. I’m starting slowly- and am adding other forms of exercise to balance out my exercise schedule.
I may be a tree-frog now— but I’ll be a strong deeply rooted tree , eventually. This is the scripture I’m meditating on while my ankles shake and I struggle to maintain the tree pose:
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Dear Lord- I want to care for all that you’ve given- mind body and spirit..please help me to honor you by being a stewart that cares well for your gifts, oh.. and Lord? Could you hold me still duing the tree pose? I’m having a little trouble with that! amen