Morning Asana

Wake Up, Mummy!

After I told my doctor that I needed to get over all my excuses and get back into yoga to help control the stress that has dominated this pregnancy, and explained again this morning to Kristen that I needed to just get over it and do it, I decided to start today. I begin every yoga practice with meditation. It was not my most peaceful meditation, as a poopy-pants boy kept trying to pry open my eyes, assuming that I was playing our sleeping game. We progressed to the warm ups, which were also difficult as he had decided, once he knew I was awake, to sit in my lap and watch the video with me.

I could not relax. We took a break to change his diaper.

I was completely winded, two minutes into the video, from carrying 28 pounds up and down the stairs, but resumed my practice, desperately seeking the peace I used to find in the slow, controlled movements and deep breaths. Just as I found my rhythm in the movements and rejoiced that I wasn’t as wiped out as I had been when I first (and last) did the video, several months ago, the phone rang. I looked at the clock to realize it was time to go to the park with our friends.

Yoga log: 4 minutes. It’s pathetic, but it’s more than I’ve done since September, and it’s a start on the path to finding relaxation.

4 thoughts on “Morning Asana

  1. Heh. Sounds like me with Pilates. I try to do my Pilates and someone has to come and sit on my stomach, giving me more resistance than is necessary. Then there is always a phone ringing or running to the potty or sudden baby feeding to take care of.

    It’ll get better. Right? RIGHT????

  2. Oh, it’s so nice to now we are all in the exact same predicament. I too love to do Pilates and Yoga. However, my yoga tape is 60 min. long so unless I get up at the break of dawn, I really have no hope of doing it without a child hanging from each arm as I struggle to do Proud Warrior (I think that’s what it’s called). I’ve resorted to quickly doing my 20 min. Pilates video without the video so I cut the time to about 12-15 min. That way I can sneak it in while they are eating cereal or something like that.

    Will it ever end? Will it get better? Right now I doubt it. For you see, as soon as my kids get to the point of not bugging me while exercising, I get myself into the mess again and have another baby! Oh well, there is always eternity when we will be in our most perfect state, right?!

  3. I’ve never tried yoga or pilates. When I think of either I think of skinny flexible girls tying themselves up in knots with their legs. I’m not skinny and if I bend around like that I’ll end up stuck!!!

    I belt the kids into the stroller, turn the music up on the Mp3 player to drown out their whining, and head out for a walk.

    Gotta do whatcha gotta do 😉

  4. Yeah, I have a pilates video that I tried doing while Carter was awake. It only made him more of an acrobat than it made me more physically fit. My new workout is driving to school, parking a few blocks away, and walking up the massive 140 something stairs in 10-15 minutes, sometimes in the freezing cold. It’s not the recommended 45 min/day, but it’s enough to make me feel like having a heart attack. If it weren’t for school, I’d still be trying to perfect his hoop jumping skills while mastering my catching skills.

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