|Flowers along the harbor|
Melanie and I walked around the harbor one day not long ago, and I loved seeing these late summer flowers. You can see in the reflection that the sky was overcast, making it quite lovely to be walking outside that day. We had a nice respite from the heat, but then it came back, with a vengeance. I see that Seattle will probably break its high temperature record today and tomorrow, with a slight respite on Thursday. It's just after noon on Tuesday, and we are already well above the maximum comfort level for my body. Fortunately, I returned from my walk well before it started to get hot.
All the fans are going and windows open, and inside our un-air-conditioned apartment, it's quite comfortable, and I don't think that I'll be going out again any time soon. Hopefully it will remain bearable around here. If not, I'll be forced to go shopping in someplace that's got A/C.
I woke this morning feeling pretty stiff with lots of sore muscles. I had to think on why that might be, since I did a Zoom yoga class yesterday with my usual practitioner. Then I remembered some of the stuff she had us doing, and the soreness made sense. We did something called the "pigeon pose" or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana in Sanskrit. We also did a few of the variations. Here's what the basic pose looks like:
|We used a blanket to sit on first|
Now, it doesn't look like this should make me all that sore, does it? But we also bent forward from this position until our foreheads were on the mat. Then she got creative and had us doing some very unusual twists:
|Hahaha! It's not me and never will be|
No, we didn't do this entire pose, but I did manage to reach back and grab the toes behind me. That is when I got a severe cramp in my back leg, but once I worked it out, I was able to manage something similar. I needed both hands to help me, though. Now you know why I felt so sore this morning, eh?
I do enjoy attempting to tie myself in knots, bending in unusual and quirky ways in these poses, but mostly I just enjoy the stretching and bending. Since it's a Zoom class, I don't have to be too exact but I always give it my best.
Love the blooms.ReplyDelete
Stay as cool as you can.
Those twists have me shuddering. I am about as supple as a brick.
Wow, you can do that?!? Or even almost that?!? I'm impressed! We're supposed to get thunderstorms here tonite. They're supposed to cool things off, aren't they? But the weather report says not ... it's gonna be hot all next week.ReplyDelete
We’ve had two humid days and temps above normal. We haven’t used the air conditioning this year however. We have a breeze usually which blows through the house when we leave the windows open.ReplyDelete
Good for you for even sort of doing that.ReplyDelete
I don't know which surprised me more--reading about those yoga moves, or having an un-air conditioned apartment! (I know you live in the Pacific Northwest with cooler temps, but maybe this is the new norm, DJan...) Anyway, your yoga stuff is impressive. :^)ReplyDelete
My office has air conditioning. I take advantage of it.ReplyDelete
You might enjoy this activity but it also does you tremendous good. Stretches do nothing but good unless you over do it.ReplyDelete
Goodness, I got sore just looking at those poses. Impressive if you even came close. Kudos for keeping limber.ReplyDelete
Sorry you are heating up and hope it doesn't last long. Stay cool.
Pretty flowers! No wonder you are sore from that last pose....stay cool!ReplyDelete
Ouch! You must be incredibly flexible to even attempt those moves. The late summer flowers would brighten up any day.ReplyDelete
You are an amazing old chick. 😀ReplyDelete
Pretty scenery! I did a few Yoga exercises when I was 29, but never cared for yoga.ReplyDelete
It's been years since I took yoga, but the stretches do keep you flexible. And I'm not at all surprised that you're sore.ReplyDelete
My kids like to do yoga - it is too torturous.ReplyDelete