The time: Sunday morning. The place: our family room. The purpose: to become one with the universe… or actually just to have better strength and flexibility. The participants: Dan and Cathy Zielske, married 25 years and working on being more connected by doing more things together, like online yoga classes.
Stranger things have happened.
What you see in this rather grainy selfie I took was me and my old man at the start of an online beginner yoga class taught by Dana Falsetti. I’d been wanting to at least give yoga a try this year, and after seeing a viral video on Facebook of Dana Falsetti, I knew I wanted her vibe for my first real foray.
True, doing yoga at home has its drawbacks. There is no one there to correct your form and your husband is about a million times more flexible than you are. Otherwise, we’re giving it a shot and maybe if we get more confident, we’ll tackle a studio class at some point in the future.
I do have a question for those of you who are a bit older (as in my age) and practice yoga: my wrists are frickin’ KILLING me, to the point that I’m not even sure this stuff is a good idea. I welcome any feedback. I have pretty lousy wrists from 25+ years of clicking keys and mice for a living. But again, maybe yoga will help that.
Suffice to say, Downward Dog is a killer.
This is all part of my stepping back onto the path of self care in 2017. I look at the journey like this: sometimes, I get on the path and I stay there for a while. If I don’t focus, I step off and find myself in the Land of Cheap Red Wine and Goldfish. Then I realize that I don’t feel as good as I’d like to and I step back onto the path. I’m working to remove the judgments, too. The ones that say, “Cath, if you’re not on the path you’re a loser!” Instead, my inner voice is proud of me for showing up and working to be healthier.
So far, January has been all about re-setting intentions and realizing that there’s no better time than the present to get healthier. I never feel like a failure anymore because I don’t hit some magical weight goal. The failure for me comes in not caring. This is the only body I get. I need to care the supreme crap out of it.
So we’ll see how this Sunday morning yoga thing shakes out.
People are still signing up for my year-long e-course, and using it as a spring board to get back on that path of healthier living. The class alone can’t do it for you, but it will give you motivation and support (our community on Facebook is terrific!) as you work to make better choices.