Wild Card Wednesday, Yoga Edition

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? This year, my ridiculous list of resolutions included trying yoga. So, yeah. Laugh. Get it out of your system. Go ahead. I understand.

Thanks to arthritis and too much day-job and night-job sitting, I thought it sounded like a reasonable alternative to walking (bor-ing), running (ho ho ho), swimming (DJ ain’t the only one), or a gym membership (in a town full of skinny college girls? I don’t think so.)

Yoga is good for you mentally and physically, right? There are a trazillion options but I chose one and started a couple of days before New Year’s actually. It’s tailored with options forΒ out-of-shape beginners, so there’s no head-standing or pretzel twisting, let me assure you. That ain’t happening.

I am so freaking sore. My legs hurt. My shoulders hurt. My down dog is way more down that dog. But I’m learning how to breathe. Anyone want to make bets on how long this lasts? Any yoga aficionados out there?

Oh, and here’s my favorite pose…I’m REALLY good at it!

yoga pose

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

26 thoughts on “Wild Card Wednesday, Yoga Edition

  1. Yoga is hard – but then so is writing. Anything worth doing is generally hard and often painful
    Just like writing, you didn’t quit when you were pained by your first rejection letter.

    You kept at it. Muscle soreness means you may have gone at it too hard and is the primary cause of people quitting a new program. But, don’t quit if you are not injured. You can actually take satisfaction in the pain from exercise knowing there’s a reason other than injury that you are in pain.

    I would tell the instructor about your pains and ask if s/he could help you modify them so you won’t quit because you are in pain. If you don;t find the instructor helpful then find another one or find a personal trainer.. They will work with you on your goals – not their goals in a way that will motivate you and with the minimal amount of pain. I

    You are of an age that you know the difference between ‘I did too much so now my muscles hurt’ pain and ‘Oh my god I broke my (insert bone here).’ And, I assume you don’t have Rheumatoid Arthritis or some other bad bone/spine/degenerative muscle disease. If you do or if there is swelling at the site of pain or a bone sticking through your skin, then you should talk to your doctor and ignore everything I say.

    Suzanne – a therapeutic yoga course saved my life. I was always in pain and yoga got me (at 200 lbs.) back in touch with my body. Now I do cardio exercise and Pilates, work in my house and yard and love to do anything physical that isn’t skiing, surfing or falling out of airplanes or is similarly risky. I avoid fat and sugar and weigh what I did when I was 14.

    And, yoga won’t substitute f, or cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, etc.) unless you are doing it in such a way that your heart rate increases significantly for a sustained period. Sweating doesn’t equal improved cardiovascular health. I used to find exercise boring but I loved working out with a friend and talking or watching a movie or tv show or reading or listening to a book while I worked out. Working out with a friend is the best and time flew by when we chatted.

    My new years resolutions is to throw/give/donate real stuff away everyday (not just trash).

    By the way I always think that it is cool anyone is working out and how satisfied they will be at the end of the day. AND the skinny girls at the gym probably hate their bodies and are too busy being critical of themselves to worry about you. Plus, 50% of them are probably doing their exercises in an injurious way.

    • Thanks, Steph–I needed that encouragement! I’m definitely at the “you overdid it, you out-of-shape computer nerd” stage rather than having any serious injury. I love the meditative aspect of it, and hearing that yoga was your start back from the abyss of chronic pain (am there, done that, want out) is really encouraging. Thanks!

      I also, in anticipation of the hoped-for departure from the day job in about 15 months, am downsizing, which means unloading stuff every week. I’m starting with the 500 or so books, mostly ARCs, that I have not read, will never read, but don’t want to throw away. I’m making them available here on the blog, and what doesn’t get claimed will go to Goodwill if they’re taking books (they weren’t as of last year) or will try to donate them to the local library for their annual fundraiser.

  2. I’ve never tried yoga. I have an exercise bike and Dumbbells, both of which I use regularly. Last fall my boyfriend and I started going to a local park and walking once or twice a week weather permitting. We have a few different parks we can walk at to change things up.

    My New Years resolution is to not buy new books before I read the ones I already have. Of course I know I’m probably not going to be able to keep it but I am trying to get more books from the library. That way at least they don’t keep pilling up since I have to return them.

  3. Since I’m so inflexible, yoga has helped me a lot with flexibility and with balance. Just follow what your body is saying and don’t care what anybody else is capable of doing in what pose. There are some poses that I still can’t do or very well and will probably never do or well. Do what you can and it will get better.

  4. Wow, good for you! I am so impressed – yoga is great for you if you keep it up. Don’t give up! My resolution is to exercise more regularly… or honestly, to exercise at all. πŸ™‚

    • LOL. Believe me, I’m starting from zero. I work nine hours a day at the day job, sitting at a computer. Then I come home and spend three or four more hours working at a computer. Not a good thing.

  5. Great idea to start the yoga. Just go slow and build up your stamina. I’m interested in what program you are following as I could benefit from some yoga as well.

    • Oh, believe me, I have no choice but to go slow–LOL. I chose the YRG program because it’s not artsy-fartsy. Apologies to those who get into the soothing sounds and the om-chanting. This is more like a “here’s how you breathe and now get off your ass and do it” kind of program. It was developed by a former pro wrestler for out-of-shape guys who wouldn’t be caught dead doing yoga. I figure I’m close enough πŸ™‚

  6. I have not done yoga in years. Had really enjoyed it for about a year but then went through multiple moves and never got back into it. It was always interesting to be in Corpse Pose (Dead Man’s Pose) and if the position was held for a good length of time one could hear gentle snoring from at least one, if not more of the other students. Nowadays, I would likely be one of those other students.

    • Ha–if I weren’t such an insomniac, that might be a danger. Then again, maybe this will help the insomnia. I’ve been plagued by that since puberty, though, so I’m not hopeful on that count.

  7. I love yoga, I take two classes a week and I hate it when I have to miss it. After almost 2 years, I still get sore, but I know I needed to use those muscles. I’m 64, and it really helps with my mobility and balance, which are things that are beginning to be a problem as I age. I try to use some of the yoga moves other days as well, and always start the day with some stretches I learned in yoga class. Keep at it, it will be worth it. πŸ˜€

    • That’s great, Barb! Right now, I’m having to divide each session into two parts because I don’t ever have more than 15 free minutes at a time except late at night. I try to do some stretches before leaving for the evil day job, though. Since I have to be at my desk by 7:30, I’m having to get up earlier, which is hurting more than anything πŸ™‚

  8. Is there a yoga pose called “dead dog”? I’d be good with that one, I’m sure. Other than that you won’t hear me laughing or even giggling. Still, I do get to work-out every day since I live on the 3rd floor (that is actually the 4th in the USA, because you count the ground floor too which we apparently don’t over here in good old Europe, but I digress) without an elevator, my legs are in semi-good shape (they must be, otherwise I’d be sleeping in the basement and I’m not cut out for shacking up with mice and/or spiders).

    • LOL. There is a “dead dog” pose, actually, but it’s a harder one. I’d call it a dead cockroach pose, more likely. I’d hate to know I had to climb to the 4th floor. I’m in the attic at my day job and when the elevator isn’t working I am one huffing, puffing camper. But no, spiders and mice would be bad roommates!

  9. Just don’t give up i’m sure you will get better at it and if it’s a healthier way to help you with teh pain then it’s worthit

    i did had the resolution to try to take better care of myself and to foind some balance between all i have to do but i must admit that i’m already failing and not by little….

  10. I used to do yoga regularly… AND I need to do it again as I’ve gotten inflexible and am now fighting plantar fasciitis. YUCK. Another author recommended that I try Yoga with Adrienne. She’s offering a free 30-day camp right now… in case you or anyone else is interested. I love her voice and I like that she’s not pushing… I’d be glad to send you a copy of the emails with the links to date… though she’s still taking signups on her website .http://yogawithadriene.com/ IF you’re interested in her camp, follow the link in the tab you’ll find at the top of her home page. (She has a slew of free workouts on youtube too… I love her bedtime one!)

  11. Thank you for the reminder about yoga. That’s something I want to try this year. I’ve always been a gym rat and did cardio 4-5 days per week, but a few months ago, I developed an illness that no one has been able to diagnose. I have tightness in my chest that impedes my breathing (it’s not asthma, bronchitis, or any other of the “normal” lung problems). If I do anything other than a slow walk, I get out of breath. Cardio is out of the question and I’m so missing my workouts.

    I’ve been thinking that I should try a very gentle form of yoga so that I could work on my breathing and at least keep myself somewhat limber. I’m hoping this illness will just clear up and disappear as quickly as it came, but if it doesn’t, I need to figure out some form of exercise that I can actually do and yoga may be it.

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