I believe in exercise – for the body, mind and spirit. But over-exercise like over-eating can be a curse. Many have told me that yoga is the way to go – it ‘releases’ your body. So – many times I have tried it. And within a week or two of starting – I always end up with some sort of injury – soft tissue to be sure – but stuff like over -stretching, over-reaching, over-twisting or just plain over-doing. Is it because I am competitive and in the class am surrounded by flexible men and women doing all sorts of amazing contortions with their bodies and I cannot? Yes – certainly it’s MY fault – but nevertheless it hurts. So I stop. And then a few years later someone else extolls the benefits of yoga so I try again. Fortunately about 5 years ago after falling into a couple of exercise options that I really LOVED and am now doing regularly – four times a week – I stopped the pretense of trying to do yoga. No more false starts and stops for me. I now do pilates in a swimming pool ( in a wet suit in the winter when the water is 50 degrees) which involves about 20-30 lengths, stretching and jumping and twisting and all that good stuff – but under water – much much easier on the joints and impact muscles. The other days I work out with a trainer Michael Cavalieri – frankly the best trainer I have ever encountered in my life – he does stretching, weights, aerobic etc – and I have NEVER injured myself and feel amazing! http://relentlessfitnessla.com/
Then I saw this article in the New York Times magazine. And there it was. My feelings exactly!
How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” – New York Times magazine 1-8-12. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html
And of course – just because reading books is so much part of our lives especially kids stories – and Jack ( four) is now reading up a storm -I can’t post something without an update on the grandchildren – so here is a picture of me and my husband reading ‘Curious George’ to our Jack and Jonah last weekend while listening to grandma music( Sam, the Broken Robot and his friends). Great moments in life. Pick up a book and read to a child today – please.