3.24.2014

Current Flexibility Level: zilch

Flashback 2003: My favorite thing, mandatory fun - something Crested Butte Academy always hit the nail on the head with; however instead of driving the nail straight and to the point - it would go all cockeyed and a pain-in-the-ass. Make sense? This idea of fun consisted of gathering a gaggle of high school athletes inside our multipurpose room (aka the lunch room) and having us practice yoga. I was horrible at it - with my track record of wrist issues - I all the sudden became the master of sitting on my mat, giggling and watching others contort themselves into silly positions with names I cannot even come close to pronouncing - come on, I barely even made it through Spanish 1, you expect me to know the names and pronunciations of this crap? Me + yoga, no way. At that point I wanted stick to conventional stretching, being an iron pumping masochist in the gym, and focus all my energy on skiing and NOT messing up my wrists more. This soon would be a good leeway into coming up with ideas to avoid riding my bike, as they say on social media:  #idiot. I guess that would soon change...

Flash forward 2014, setting: Million dollar Malibu Mansion. 4 pm yoga : instant connection to my past experiences of mandatory fun - immediately I thought to myself 'how can I get out of this one….' - blame my wrists? Then, my new mantra of trying new things and not saying 'no', snuck back into my head. Little did I know, I was not the only non-yoga enthusiast that was in the group - my current flexibility level: zilch. Grab a towel, head towards the back of the lawn - do that disappearing act I've become so go with, perhaps I have a future as a star in the Hunger Games. My skill? Camouflaging myself - bam! However, as I started to get into the zone - I realized there was no need to sneak away, it was time to enjoy this experience, time to become open to more opportunities and turn this into something that will help me grow as a person and as an athlete. 

Okay, so honestly? I think I LOVE yoga. The movements, the strengthening, the stretching - why didn't I actually commit to trying this earlier?! Okay, so the weird names of poses - not down with. Being slightly more contorted by a stranger, errmmmm…

I will admit, I was slightly nervous when we started doing stuff around the neck - nursing this neck injury back to normal has really had a pretty dramatic impact of my lifestyle, the last thing I wanted to do was agitate it again - so it turns out it is OKAY to not do the things that irritate your bodyI honestly will admit, I didn't know if that was really kosher. 

I think I realized that this mandatory fun wasn't that bad when I saw everyone out there. Everyone shaking as they tried to corral all the strength they had left after our morning ride and stand like a tree. Then realizing that I was not the only non-flexiable one - with horrible balance. Yes, being a cyclist and a skier I have horrible balance - no really, it is horrible! The laughter and smiles seemed plentiful as we all peeked around to see what our other teammates were doing. Why didn't I commit to this before?! Time to start taking advantage of free yoga classes at work twice a week. I also learned my yoga pants and capris are necessary during an activity such as this, sorry Lulu but the Speedshort did not suffice.

I find myself sitting around putting my hands together in the shape of a lotus now, if I could only find away to dig out of the mud…

Sending Love from SoCal -

Xx

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