I have given yoga a break and I do feel the loss as far as the structure and consistency.
It was definitely a great way to build strength and balance and I am grateful to my yoga instructor…
……and yet… after about four years, I found myself becoming increasingly impatient with the whole thing;
I felt somewhat annoyed that I mostly didn’t feel centered and calm and deeply moved at the appropriate times.
And the hour sessions were long!
I finally started wearing a watch because it helped me deal with the timing of it better — –felt a little disturbing to not know how much time remained in the session. (Don’t they deprive people of a sense of time in order to punish them or make them talk — give with the information?)
I wanted to feel more enlightened instead of slightly skeptical about the presentation – some things seemed just made up and I had to ask how is it possible to breathe into my thigh or some equally impossible task.
I still do some yoga on my own as part of daily exercise; because I think it has value but it got to be an expense I couldn’t justify . “I will help you reach spiritual, ethereal heights and you can pay me by the month.” Our yoga instructor taught me a lot and of course she deserved to get paid but there was an unnecessary pretense of being above all the economic realities.
Note: One thing that would have made yoga less appealing would be to have a goat jump on my back.
First photo is:
Cucumber with Follow Your Heart Gouda cheese (non-dairy);
Next one: add a few sauteed mushrooms & some green pepper(sauteed in water with garlic-pepper seasoning);
Third photo is a version with kinda’ fake bacon;
…and then a kidney and pinto bean salad with chopped onion, celery, carrot and a Vegenaise & mustard dressing and a hard-cooked egg (so that one is not vegan — but I have made it without the egg and it is still so good).
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AIMING FOR A HEALTHY START TO THE DAY (strawberries, banana and mango)
I’m thinking maybe eating a preponderance of real, whole foods, may have shortened the duration and intensity of whatever this cold/flu thing is that I had.
I have to say, I am not a purist (my husband calls us “flexitarians”), but I do aim to include mainly healthy stuff: vegetables, starches, greens, legumes, fruit, nuts — with most days excluding meat or eggs or dairy. Less animal-related products has to have good effects for me and the animals – I feel better and they feel better. Some say if you don’t adhere to strictly vegan standards, you aren’t helping animals at all; I disagree. Less mass slaughter has to be better than more of the same; I think it will lead to more humane conditions.
Jaws are clenched
Why this tenseness
Why this stress
While I’m sleeping,
teeth are gnashing
Why not stop
and start relaxing?
Flossing and brushing and taking good care
I value my teeth and do my share
What a trick – this sneak attack
A modicum of control is all I ask!
I like to plan and seek and know
I line my ducks all in a row
Always think I must be cautious
But can’t be vigilant while unconscious
So at night things get quite raucous
Meditation, more action, less caffeine?
Will that turn night fright to a dream?
How to monitor if it’s so?
(An accountant’s need to balance and know)
Seeking a cure that’s iron clad
and biting into bite splints just makes me mad
Let it happen
if it must
Grind my teeth
right into dust