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Worker bee with dreams of being queen 
16th-Jul-2015 07:40 am
Things have got to change.

Every year when I write those words I realize it’s one more cycle that I’ve lost. One less cycle to try.

Here’s a few things I need to do. As in must do.

  • Yoga for the inflexible. Lots of benefits for arthritis and anxiety. I have some DVDs, I need to try.
  • Writing. It’s been over a year since I touched the book. I need to write something every day, whether it’s for the book or just my thoughts. I have so many empty journals, I need to fill them up with words, even if the words aren’t very good. Maybe some be worthwhile, but I need to get back in the habit.
  • Studying. I need to make time and bring in my focus to just two subjects. There are just so many things out there that I want to learn and know more about, but that’s not as satisfying as it once was, so I need to try to bring the focus down. I am choosing Technical Trading and the next level deeper in Tarot study. The trading will strengthen my funds so that I can move us toward retirement in comfort. The Tarot is for writing the novel Fool’s journey, which has remained a dream for too long.
Three things that should be more than sufficient to fill my non-work head with beneficial thoughts.
16th-Jul-2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
Do all of that, but DO THE YOGA. Seriously, I do half-ass yoga for 15 minutes a day and my bad hip and cyborg knee are *so* much better. And let me know if you want a cheerleader for any of it. I have virtual pom-poms! :)
17th-Jul-2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
The bad hip and the knees that are heading down the cyborg road are exactly my issue. Would you share info on the poses you do (I can look them up) I just have no freakin' idea where to start. I have some DVDs but none give me any sort of routine...just poses and I feel so lost I haven't gotten started.
17th-Jul-2015 09:43 pm (UTC) - this got long, whoops!
I like mountain pose and standing forward bend. Those generic side stretches where your feet are shoulder width apart and you lean to one side and the other with your arm over your head. Also sun salutations, warrior pose, child's pose, bound ankle and forward bends while in bound ankle (with my ankles pushed out way farther than when I'm just doing bound ankle), and the side stretches where you're sitting on the floor with your legs out, then try to touch your forehead to your knee--then you do it again with one foot pulled toward your crotch and the other leg out. I will say, my chest can occasionally get in my way with that one--I end up adjusting the girls as I go. :)

I do three of everything, holding as long as I can--except sun salutation, I just do one rotation of that. Feeling the stretch and being maybe a *touch* past comfortable is good; pain is not.

Also, corpse pose. I *love* corpse pose.

I also really like side angle pose and pigeon, but the balance on side angle is tricky, so ease into that if you want to try it.

It took me a long time to get my forehead to my knee, and to extend my knees in side angle, and even after 2.5 years, I still don't always manage it. But you (cheese alert!) *practice* yoga, not perform it, so not being perfect is okay. :) I got a book and sometimes I add something because I think it might be fun to try, too.

For knees specifically, clenching your quads (the front thigh muscles) is good, and leg lifts. Anything that strengthens the muscles around your knee is going to help.

Oh, and some poses have different names depending on the book/website/etc, so let me know if you need me to go hunting for another name.

Edited at 2015-07-18 12:44 am (UTC)
17th-Jul-2015 09:55 pm (UTC) - Re: this got long, whoops!i
You are really wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to share. I feel eager to try now!!

I just need to digest it all and start 'practicing!' I appreciate the encouragement and am looking forward to the pom-poms, virtual or otherwise!

Edited at 2015-07-18 12:56 am (UTC)
17th-Jul-2015 02:33 pm (UTC) - sounds like me
So much. Always so many things I want to do, and it's so hard to focus.

Also on yoga..I need to make some easy/gentle yoga a regular habit. I keep thinking about that then thinking how could this possibly do much, or that maybe I should spend that time on a more strenuous thing (never mind some more advanced yoga is plenty strenuous and then some). I've got some good dvds and books now, including ones for larger people but I haven't gotten the habit going yet. It used to be I wanted nothing to do with any kind of exercise, now there are plenty of things that appeal somewhat (though none more than say reading) but I overwhelm myself with choices.

I'm glad to see the comment of the other commenter here that it really worked for them.
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