F Simple and Serene Living: what was I thinking? 09 10
Saturday, October 4, 2014

what was I thinking?

So I got this really bright idea. I mean really bright idea, that I was going to take up yoga. Everyone (okay, I am not sure who everyone is, but it always sounds so re-enforcing) has been telling me how relaxing yoga is. How good it is for peripheral neuropathy and arthritis. How I will love it. 

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It looks so easy. It isn't like I was going to take up the kind where you do headstands or anything. 


I was going to the senior center and take their free class for ages 60 and up. Ha!!! I was thinking. I'm sure I can yoga rings around those old people. I'm only 63. I bet they are all on their last gasp. 

Oh boy, as I said, what was I thinking. They handed me a mat, I stretched it out on the floor, I looked around, and said, "ummm, excuse me, do I have to get down on the floor and then get up again?" 

Apparently so. (This is where I remind myself and you that I have had two knee replacements) It was all down hill from there. I got down, and I somehow (not very prettily) managed to get back up. Then she said we had to kneel. "Ummmmm, excuse me, if I try to kneel on these two knee replacements you will have to call 911." 


Needless to say, as I limped to my car at the end of the hour, I was rethinking the whole yoga thing. I called my sister in Arizona to tell her I tried a yoga class. After she stopped laughing hysterically she said maybe I should try chair yoga. Chair yoga?  I'm sure that's for old people. I'm thinking my next move is straight into tai chi.  

Could someone pass the  liniment please.




23 comments:

  1. i've never tried it but always wanted to. but i know it is really difficult at first, too!

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    1. Definitely too difficult when you have knee replacements :)

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  2. Laura, There's an exercise program I have seen on one of our channels...it is called sit and be fit...I think you could looked on line and maybe get some cd that you could do right at home sitting in a kitchen chair. No getting on the floor and back up. Just keeping ourselves limber is enough. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. I actually found a chair yoga video online and will probably try that once I soothe my aching ego :)

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  3. I went once with a friend. We have a class in our community that I can walk over to! I thought it seemed OK so I bought a mat and all the stuff and went a second time. Well....I noticed my back hurt MORE after a session. I am not comfortable lying flat on my back. I still may go back for the chair yoga sometime but I'm not anxious to return! lol I was so tired the rest of the day and I don't like that feeling. Relaxed? No just tired! I need my energy! Hugs!

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    1. I need my energy too. What's left of it. I think I will try chair yoga at home where no one can see if I fail that one, too :)

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  4. LOL, Laura. I have not done yoga either although I have considered it. Maybe you can sell your mat on eBay. lol xo Diana
    ps-just as a side note- I get so many pop-ups when I visit your blog that I have to click out three or four times before I can leave a comment. Don't know if there is any "fix" to that or not-but thought you might not be aware of it-

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    1. I'm so sorry that the ads are driving you crazy. I downloaded ad block for Chrome so that I am not constantly bombarded with ads. It's free and will block every ad on every website. You can allow ads on any website that you want. Wish I could get rid of all of the ads, but they are my grocery money :)

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  5. oh no, lol, I do yoga, I started years and years ago, I don`t do anything extreme but it does require alot of on your knees work which would be so painful for you, I think Ti Chi sounds wonderful, I love the soft gentle flow to it, forget about yoga , try ti chi, sounds like a plan, at least you tried,

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    1. I did give it the good old college try. I think I will look into the chair yoga. I'm really good at sitting down :)

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  6. ha. well good for you for trying. I have only done yoga once, I am too chatty and can't seem to keep quite long enough. the instructor told me I needed to stop talking. have a great weekend.

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    1. That is so funny, Laura. I had a hard time not being chatty, too. :)

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  7. Proud of you for trying, but I think the chair yoga sounds more like my style also. That stuff on the knees is hard and with your implants...yikes!

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    1. I am definitely going to try the chair yoga, Linda. :)

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  8. Dear Laura At least you tried. Perhaps you should start a little slower and work your way to a little more advanced.
    It is good to stretch and get the blood moving. You will get the hang of it. Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine. Tat is good advice. I tend to jump right into things. :)

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  9. Oh dear oh dear, your poor knees, made me shudder to picture you kneeling on those knee replacements. I tried yoga, had to get down on the floor but no kneeling involved. Had to stand on one leg with my eyes closed (wobble wobble) and learn relaxment limb by limb. I dropped out of class because l couldn't manage the long drive. Pam xx

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    1. There definitely was no kneeling for me. I just sat there when they were kneeling. If you like yoga,Pam, maybe you could try it at home, There are lots of free videos on you tube.

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  10. Laughter really is the best medicine, Laura. Have a blessed Sunday.

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  11. at least you tried it out...that's what is important. OFF the bucket list now!! :)

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  12. Funny post, Laura. Well, maybe not so funny about the knees. :-( I'm finding that a hip replacement is not like my pre-problem days. Hard when we can't do the things we want to be able to do, have the energy and enthusiasm for, but the joints don't cooperate..

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  13. Ha, Ha you gave me a good chuckle. I haven't had knee replacement yet but arthritis keeps me from getting up off the floor if I get down. Let us know how the chair yoga goes. I have thought of trying it but don't want to go to a class. Debbie

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  14. Oh Laura...bonus points for giving it a try at all. Maybe they should have let you ease into it a bit...that's not easy for most people to just start and expect it to go smoothly.

    I like the idea of chair yoga..and then moving onto something else.

    Jen

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