I am recovering from being so so sick. One thing they don’t tell you is that sickness with children is exponentially worse than before you had them. Because these little ones? They do not care that I am hurting. They still get up several times a night, then want to hyperactively jump around all day. Or cry. Or whine. Meanwhile I just wanted to lie down and die.
I really did think I was going to die. Like, there was a combination nasty head cold, a wretched 12-hour stomach something or other, as well as one side of my face got all swollen. I thought it was due to the head cold, but eventually it resolved into a spider bite, I think. It’s still swollen, but not quite as disfiguring now. In other words, my immune system is friggin’ shot.
I thought this would be a good time, then, to share the new love in my life: yoga. It’s a part of my new body-loving, wellness-conscious living. I wanted to get back to something that felt good to me. I used to love yoga, doing at least a class a week, but those days are far behind me. There’s no money or time to get to a studio. I’ve tried to rent or buy the occasional yoga video, but I usually find them either boring or incredibly irritating. I think finding the right yoga instructor, whether it’s in a studio or in a video, is really important. I don’t like it when the instructor gets WAY too spiritual or metaphysical. I also hate it when they’re like: we understand everyone is at a certain level … and then stand on their head in a pretzel, like something that will take me years to get to. Show off.
So I was really excited to finally find a way to do a home practice in a way that works for me. I looked up 30 Day Yoga Challenge, and stumbled onto Yoga With Adriene. Adriene is a yogi who’s started to post yoga videos, and most of them are free and available on You Tube. Her 30 day challenge is free, she emails the video to you everyday for the month (although they are also available on you tube whenever you want). Her teaching style is perfect for me – easy and nonjudgmental! She also is (and I apologize for the overused word, but there is no other way to describe it) completely adorkable. But in a way that I don’t find annoying, but endearing. I’ve been doing a video a day (or more) when I first wake up in the morning, in the hour or so I have to myself before everyone else gets up and the craziness starts. It’s been wonderful, and one of the best acts of self love I’ve done in a long time. The videos aren’t hard, but doing yoga first thing in the morning has had an affect on my posture, my aching muscles, my flexibility and my strength. Already!
This ties back to the sickness thing because as soon as the 30 days were up for me, I got all diseased. But there are even videos for stuff like yoga for when you’re sick! So I’ve still been able to practice, even while feeling like I was going to die. She has a sick mantra that made me snort: My immune system works perfectly (Hah!) It’s been an awesome experience. I wanted to share it in case anyone else has been in the same place as me, hoping to find a home practice that works with their busy family life. So far, this has worked fantastically for me, and I’m hoping to continue my practice not as a temporary thing, but a life practice.
The photo is of X doing yoga with me. He also adores yoga, and tries to do the poses with me. And shows me up, because the little stinker is crazy flexible, so poses that I’m groaning to get into he just flips himself into. Of course, this only lasts for about two minutes before he gets bored and spends the rest of the time climbing all over me as I try to continue. Nothing helps open up your hips like having a toddler jumping on them!