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2 Things:

One good:

My clothes are definitely starting to fit me better. I'm not quite down a size yet, but my belly has lost its tendency to bulge over my waistband, which makes me very, very happy. I'm also feeling much better in my skin.

One bad:

My sciatica is playing up again. To sit is an agony, to stand slightly less so, and to move an activity to be avoided at all cost. It's my own fault: I ignored early warning signs, and now it's the weekend, and I am out of painkillers. Woe.

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gamiila
Aug. 11th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Exercise? Exercise?! Go wash out your mouth! ;-)

The cast is due to come off in 16 days' time (counting the days? who? me?). I'm still losing weight because I've drastically reduced my food intake: my lips have not tasted chocolate in two months, whereas before I'd have chocolate every day'; but more than that, I'm sticking fairly closely to the prescripts of the South Beach diet - no carbs, no sugars, and plenty of salads and water. I don't know, it seems to work for me!
suze2000
Aug. 11th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
Mmm the South Beach Diet. I think I bought that book for my Mum once. Might look into it.

I did yoga today for the first time in over a year, and now know I am going to be in considerable pain for a few days. Damn my lazy-ass self! I should never have let myself get so slothful. It's hard to do yoga when you're fat; your joints still fold okay, but the fat on your legs and stomach prevent proper positioning. Grrr.
gamiila
Aug. 11th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
I dream of being able to go back to yoga again one day. Two and a half years ago, I was right in the middle of yoga teacher training, when I injured my ankle and then later got to contend with recurring bouts of sciatica, and I haven't tried going back to it at all in the last 15 or 16 months. I miss it.
anonypooh
Aug. 11th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
I wanna do yoga .. my gym does classes .. but I dont want to go until I can do it! - I swear I am the unbendiest person in the world ;) I have a video - I've been meaning to get it out again :)

Yay diet! :)

*hides chocolate wrapper*
gamiila
Aug. 11th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
I swear I am the unbendiest person in the world

But yoga isn't about bendiness at all. It's about achieving a sense of inner peace, harmony, and clarity of mind through physical exercise, breathing techniques, and meditation.

In actual fact, being bendy like I am can work against the aspiring yogi; at least, that's what I've found. When it's easy to get into a position, it's easy to skip all the intermittent stages of getting there -- you learn nothing and fail to reap the benefit and satisfaction of actually achieving something.

Go on, get that video out again, give it a try -- then see about joining a class. It's much more fun doing it with other people than doing it on your own.
anonypooh
Aug. 11th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
mayhaps .. but I am too bothered and self-conscious about being too way far off achieving any position, in a room with 70 year olds who have it all perfect!

I think being bendy is a good start!!
gamiila
Aug. 11th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Those 70-year olds you're worried about had to start from scratch too, I imagine! And I've noticed that people who practise yoga never laugh at someone who's just starting out on the same path. On the contrary, in every yoga class I've been in, everyone's been most helpful and friendly -- and there's usually a good mix of people who are very advanced and people that have just started and people that are somewhere inbetween.

If you want to start on your own, just concentrate on the Surya namaskar, aka the Salutation to the Sun, which should become a daily ritual anyway. It is a very good exercise which takes only a few minutes to do and serves as a warm up routine before practising any other yoga asanas. It is one of the best home exercises requiring little space, and consists of a series of 7 fairly easy poses (some of which are repeated) in a strict sequence. Do them twice to start with, and you'll notice that after a few days, your body will already start to remember them. Then when you go to class, you won't feel like an idiot because you can already join in in the first exercise!
suze2000
Aug. 11th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Well, the Yoga I'm doing is barely yoga, it's more an introduction to stretching. It's called "Yoga: mastering the basics". A friend gave me a copy of the video, but I ended up ordering it myself from America. Now I don't have a vcr anymore, but I do have the audio which I recorded off the video so that's what I do. Oh good, I've just checked the website, and it and its followup now comes on DVD. The Himalayan Institute. It's a bit weird - the chick seems like a bit of an automaton, and don't get me started on the American accent in it, but it's a good place to start out. There's no insane postures to attempt, it's all pretty easy.
anonypooh
Aug. 12th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
I looked it up ... Andrew just tried it!
I'll give it a go :) thankee!
gamiila
Aug. 12th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
Just remember to take it easy when you're starting yoga. Don't try and force yourself into any positions -- just bend as far as you will go and no further! You don't want to do yourself an injury, and besides, the bendiness will come once you learn to regulate your breathing (that's basically the whole secret to it - breathe, and keep breathing!).

Another tip, something I always do: visualise! Think about how you will get into a position, think about your spine, e.g. think about it straight, think of how it's built up and how all the vertebrae are aligned. I usually image a thread or a beam of light going from sarashrara chakra (located a little above the top of your head) to muladhara chakra (a little below the sacrum) and with everything I do, I try to keep these two aligned. When you need to bend forward, do so from the hip/pelvis; don't bend from the shoulders or the middle of your back, and move slowly and carefully.

And, whatever asana you try, it's always a good idea to start getting into it from tadasana - you just stand for a minute, eyes closed, relaxed, arms by your side, feet planted firmly on the ground and slightly apart, try to clear your mind of everything else. Then when you come out of any position (simply by reversing every stage you took to get into it), rest in tadasana again.

You stick with me, kid, I'll teach you yoga yet! Good luck!
suze2000
Aug. 11th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh that sucks!! The video I have is just stretching really, but it's a good place to start. I just want to get my muscles used to doing stuff again, because I'll be needing to exercise a fair bit over the next few months.