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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Duck feet are wasted on, well, ducks.

I've taken up Yoga. Scary, huh? Even with chemo brain I'm smart enough to know that if I tried a Yoga class it would not be pretty.

A lovely Christian woman in town gives private lessons, so I decided to give it a try. It can't hurt, right? Wrong. Don't let those unassuming, "gentle" poses fool you! They're affecting your body more than you think.

I can't remember what all the poses are, but I do know there are a couple of them that require the Jaws of Life to unfold me to my natural state. Another thing I noticed, I'm two inches taller after every practice. I should be 6'2" by year's end.

But the whole thing with the duck feet is this: I have trouble balancing. My feet just aren't wide enough (though I suspect they will be by the time I get through a series of classes). If I had flat duck feet, I'm thinking that would be just the ticket for not falling over. The next best thing would probably be scuba gear--doesn't that include flipper like feet?

At any rate, if you see me these days, I'm standing taller but that's only because I've been reduced to a pretzel earlier in the week.

Somehow it works. My teacher starts with Scripture and prayer and then we're off and running--no, not running--stretching, folding, breathing, all that. The truth is, I LOVE it!!

Have you ever tried Yoga or Pilates or stretching as exercise? What do you think of it? I know I need to work in some cardio and I'm thinking serious walking, but haven't done it yet. What's your exercise of choice?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:17 AM  
  Comments (15)
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At 11:23 AM, Blogger jel said...

OUCH! that's got to hurt!

that isn't you is it?

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Where did you find that pic? That is not normal.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

No, Jel, that is NOT me! LOL! My limbs all go in the same direction no matter what they're told. :-)

I'm shocked there are not more Yoga/Pilate/Stretchers out there! Those of you who have been doing this for awhile could most likely respond with your toes on the keyboard. :-)

For those who know Yoga, do you not LOVE the child's pose and puppy pose? My two faves!!! Course, I only know about six poses, so there you are.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger jel said...

the yoga I know, is the Bear with the picnic basket, and the old baseball player! :)

At 3:02 PM, Blogger jel said...

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At 3:12 PM, Blogger Ellie said...

I just recently started Pilates and I was pleasantly surprised at the exercise it did offer. It was an hour of stretching, and it felt GREAT. I am just having difficulty figuring out how I am supposed to inhale move this part of my body, and then in exhaling move another part. I need to be taught how to breathe :)

Like you I also want to add in cardio.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I've done Pilates. I think I still prefer rock climbing :)

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I walk with my Sketchers or MBT shoes, which also exercise all kinds of places in my body without my knowing it. Plus the scenery is nice. But I'm so proud of you, Diann! I think it's safer for you to do yoga than walk with the Sketchers if you struggle with your balance. I've noticed that if I wear the shoes to church I can't close my eyes when I pray or I'll fall.

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

I hate exercise with a passion that defines passion. I avoid it at any and all costs. I had chemo as an excuse for a while, now I'm rocking the neuropathy for all it's worth ;) Though I can sympathize with the balance thing, Diann - another result of the neuropathy. My neurologist wants me to practice walking heel to to and to get one of those giant rubber balls to sit and rock on, trying not to fall down.

Sounds too much like exercise to me. Still haven't done it!

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Haha, you hooked me with your opening line. Love your posts. They're always guaranteed to make me giggle. I have Denise Austin's pilates DVD with the serene music and soothing tones. My body screams with each pose as I work to strengthen my core. Sigh. My exercise of choice? Knitting, of course. :D

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Okay, when I can catch my breath from laughing at the visual you gave, I'll answer your question.

Okay .. I'm ready now. I've been going to Curves for 7 years. Yep - 7 long years. The hubs can't believe it. I hate exercise and will do anything to avoid it. But Curves combines all the necessary thing for me - stretching, cardio and muscle building ... well, in my case it's flab toning.

But the best part is social. I've made so many friends! So instead of feeling like a workout (although my body is sweaty and my lungs hollering whenI'm done) it feels more like a party!

One of the gals has become my beta reader and a brainstorm partner, too. You can't ask for a better deal that that!

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Having been a P.E. teacher, I've tried it all, I think. (Now, I'm on a "break" after the exercise ball nearly knocked me out.) I actually liked yoga but then some guy had ruin it all by having us do "power yoga." It took all the peace and gentleness out of it, believe me.

I loved the child's pose best and can we just leave it at that?

Does your instructor model after Praise Moves? There was a DVD of that I got as a reviewer and I can't think of her name. I think eventually you might like this, Diann. Maybe you'll inspire me to return to...something.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oooo, I like the sounds of the Praise Moves DVD, Crystal! Thanks for telling me about that! I'm going to check into it right now.

Love hearing about all your exercising options. I have to confess, Lisa, that my favorite exercise of choice is knitting, too! :-)

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Sunny said...

Tara Stiles

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Sunny, thank you!! I actually found her on you tube last week, while searching. She's amazing!!


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