Don’t Ridem’ Cowboy

265208E1-A9D0-4631-BBED-6ABF02289C9FWhen my body is feeling good,  I feel I can take on more.  This is where we can get tripped up.  When do you know it’s time to say, “I am good!”  Is it before or after you have pushed yourself too far?  It would be great to have the realization before the body embarks on getting your attention with a more serious slap on the hands.

How many times have you ignored the messages your body was trying to convey until one day the message brought you to your knees?

I will be the first to admit it happened to me yesterday.

I was feeling really good.  This was a healthy sign to stop, and enjoy the space I created.  I was present.  Everything was getting my full attention.  I was feeling good about the work I was doing.  Instead,  I took me feeling good as a sign to take on more and then gradually I noticed I was having a hard time remembering things.  I said to myself, it will get better tomorrow. I just need a little more sleep.  I also threw in,  well you are getting older. This is where the mind likes to trick you into thinking, I got this.  So, I threw more onto my plate.  The body steps in; “she is not listening let’s send her another sign.”  I became tired, dizzy and I was experiencing brain fog.  Thinking a lack of sleep was my problem, I added an hour of sleep.  But one turned into two and two turned into… I never seemed to get enough.  I ignored yet another sign. I went to the Dr. and found my adrenals were shot.  Getting the boost my mind thought I needed, I forged on.  I continued to add more to an already full plate. The next day I tripped while running up a set of stairs and thought I broke my big toe.  I nursed it back to good health.  Still ignoring all the signs, I continued trudging along.

Two days later I was at an event with friends and thought it would be fun to straddle a piece of lawn art and capture a goofy photo.  While dismounting, my flip flop got caught on, who knows what, and down I went.  As my friend was trying to help me up, my foot felt like someone hit it with a sledgehammer.  I stood face to face with my friend, I put my arms around her neck and I said, I am getting sick to my stomach and I am going down and down I went!

I woke up to a crowd of people standing over me and EMT’s on the way.  My blood pressure registered really low.  I was dizzy and seeing spots and I discovered I was dehydrated.

“How many signs do you need, the body says?  I will give you as many as it takes until you listen to me.”

Don’t be fooled by your body’s innate wisdom to strive for balance.

It will eventually get your attention!

 

 

Day # 8 Monkey See, Monkey Do. NOT!

 

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When I first started practicing yoga 14 years ago, needless to say, my ego guided my practice. I forced my way into and out of every posture because I wanted to prove I could. If everyone else was doing i.e. “Pigeon Pose” I should be able to.  This monkey won the prize, I torqued my knee, causing unnecessary injury.

Being an observer allows you the time to connect with your body and avoid injury.

If you have never taken a yoga class or if you are already a seasoned practitioner, I recommend taking an easy flow class where the flow is at a slower pace. Moving at a slower pace gives you time to feel more and respond appropriately to your body’s messages.

When you get a sense of what your body is trying to communicate, you have the knowledge to back off or modify a position that best meets your body’s physical structure.   A good instructor can assist you in making the proper adjustments.

Practicing observation will allow you to respect and honor your body’s unique design.

Don’t be a Monkey. Be yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day # 1 This is where I am.

You must take inventory of where you are, to know where you want to be.

If you wish to join me,  where are you?

As we age, its more important than ever before to get up and move the body.

If your work keeps your tushy in a chair, like mine, you will notice how achy, stiff and sore your body gets when you don’t incorporate movement in your daily routine.

The areas that are currently grabbing my attention are my shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

Since our body works synergistically from head to toe, all movement will reap benefits, except the ones that cause you pain. Be mindful and don’t go where your body is not ready to go.

I am focusing on just a few postures for the purpose of monitoring change.  I have chosen some basic yoga poses, demonstrating that change doesn’t have to be complicated or extravagant. I am including one advance pose just to see if I can master it.

You can read my post on Dec. 31st.  (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.