De-stress and Untangle

yogi_bearWhen it comes to caregiving, caregivers are wonderful at caring for others and not so great at caring for themselves. Oftentimes we put ourselves in a corner until the current crisis passes, with the intent of doing something for ourselves just in time for another crisis to occur.

Last summer I decided that I really needed to do more for myself or I was going to suffer from more stress and end up burning out. So, what did I decide to do? Well, the ultimate de-stressor that I could find. YOGA! Yes, my friends, I took the plunge and paid for an entire summer of Yoga in the Park (YIP) all at once. There was no trial time for me; I was going to do this because I needed time to myself and besides, how hard could it be?

I arrived in my comfy clothing, flip flops and my Walmart yoga mat. Somehow I was willing to spend the money to tie up 3 hours a week for my entire summer, but was too cheap to invest in anything beyond a $10 mat. The sun was shining and again I asked myself, how hard could it be? Well, apparently some people's idea of comfy clothing differs greatly from mine and I was blinded by all the Lulu Lemon clothing, not to mention color coordinated mats and water bottles. What did I get myself into?

The class started off smoothly enough, but as we progressed I began to notice something... I'm sweating... a lot! I look around and it seems that no one else is sweating. Hmmm, maybe it's because I'm in the sun; oh wait, I'm in the shade. Further into the class and yours truly is now red in the face, trying to pull her body into positions that I'm sure I wasn't built for. I made it to the end, though. I refused to give up.

For those of you who haven't taken a yoga class, you get to end the class with relaxation moves that are meant to help your muscles stretch out a bit more. So, here I am with my eyes closed, my legs crossed and my hands resting on my legs and I hear the instructor say, '' Sit up straight, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Now, sit up a little straighter and bring your belly button back towards your spine.'' I'm sorry, but did I hear that right? My belly button back towards my spine? No offense, but I haven't made friends with my belly button in years, as I haven't seen it since I was about 10 and I'm not even sure I still have one. I gave it a good try, but my end result was a leg cramp, no trace of my belly button and a slightly goofy limp on my way back to the car.

I didn't sign up for this summer!

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