Stiff, but not bored

It’s funny, given how much I’ve read about yoga over the years, how clueless I felt when I finally got around to attending my first class — “Yoga for Athletes” — the other night.

Unlike Arthur, the disabled veteran who learns to walk again via yoga in the youtube video "Never Give Up," I can so not do this.

Unlike Arthur, the disabled veteran who learns to walk again via yoga in the youtube video “Never Give Up,” I can so not do this.

I was also the stiffest person in the room. (This is what I get for invariably skipping post-run stretches). You know that maneuver where you sit cross-legged with your ankle resting on your knee? “Like stacked wood,” the instructor said. Well, my legs looked more like a partially collapsed tent, with one limb mysteriously jutting up in the air. It simply wouldn’t go down any farther, no matter what I tried.

I should be way too embarrassed to go back next week. And yet, given how much this experience made me feel like an alien inside my own body, I figure there’s lots of room for discovery here.

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2 Responses to Stiff, but not bored

  1. You know Tanya—that ankle to knee pose is my nemisis and I’ve been doing yoga for a very long time! Even thought I’m not supposed to, I watch how everyone can neatly stack their knee and get it to smoosh down nicely, while mine sticks way to far up just like yours. Oh, but this means it’s what we have to practice for our tight runners’ hips! Take a blanket or towel and roll it up, placing under the knee to give it some support so you can stay in in for a little bit without being in pain. (start with 5 breaths and build from there). And thanks for the reminder that I need to practice this one more often. Definately go back and know that part of it was that you were actually doing the pose correctly—if you cheat and bring your ankle inside your knee it goes down, but alas—that’s not the pose! 🙂

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