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Yoga Yellow
ConFusion was a definite break from my fitness efforts, but I'm back at it now. Yesterday I went to my yoga class, and today I actually went and worked out during lunch! Quite proud of myself, there.

I really like the yoga poses and stretches, and I can definitely tell it's a good workout, but I'm just not into the fancy breathing and meditating aspects of it all. At the end of the class, we usually have a sort of a "cool down" meditative thingy.

We close our eyes and relax, and the instructor says gentle things for us to be thinking about. I enjoy the relaxing and winding down after a good workout. I breathe deeply, and I feel my muscles letting go of their efforts. I half-listen to what the instructor says while letting my mind wander. Generally I think about my day, or perhaps what I'd like to have for dinner.

Yesterday the instructor was telling us to visualize our energy, I think. Like waves of energy or something. "What color is it," he asked us, "and what pattern do the waves take?"

When he asked about the color, I immediately thought "yellow", a yellow winter coat. Yesterday right before yoga, I had a guy come by to admire the stove in my garage. A month or two ago I joined the local freecycle list, and I've found someone interested in taking away the stove and repairing the hole in my roof for me.

He came by last night to look things over, and he brought with him an adorable little boy. The little boy was bundled up in a bright yellow coat. Yellow.

I thought about the conversations I'd had with the guy and his son, how very friendly they both were, and I thought about how pleased I would be to be rid of the stove taking up space in my garage. Then I thought about other things I should freecycle, and I started mentally going through my inventory of unneeded possessions. I debated whether some shouldn't be offered on ebay before freecycling.

I was startled at this point to discover that our meditation time was over. We sat up, and the instructor told us what he had seen. "It was blue," he said. "Hard to describe, it was like waves going down my body, but also shooting out at the same time."

Then we had to go around the circle and tell what we had seen/felt/thought. Each person in the room produced a color and a wavy sensation that they had "felt". I wonder how many of them had really experienced what they described, or how many of them, like me, were just making stuff up? I told him, "Yellow and wandering," thinking again of the little boy running around and exploring.

Our yoga instructor was impressed with our various meditative breakthroughs. But I was reminded of the sing "Nothing" from A Chorus Line. "And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul / To see how an ice cream felt." ...and I felt nothing.

But I feel good today, I got a nice workout, and hopefully I'll get rid of my old stove and get my garage roof repaired soon! That's better than invisible blue energy shooting out of my middle after yoga anyway.
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 25th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odd but in my livejournal the colour you have is black on YELLOW.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 26th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the color yellow, so that works!
antisorbate From: antisorbate Date: January 26th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Confusion Fitness

You missed plenty of fitness opportunities at Conclave. You could have volunteered to load and unload the trucks of supplies. You could have walked up and down from the consuite on the 15th floor instead of using the elevators. (well maybe ran, since it was probably the only way to stay warm in the stairwells.) They had a very nice pool area, with a well equiped workout room. You could have helped people shovel or push their cars out of the snowdrifts.

You are right, it was more fun to be lazy and sit around and talk and listen. My only workout was when I got home and had to shovel the driveway.

As you can see, I took Karen's advice and actually signed up on Live Journal. I no longer have to lurk and post anonymously. Feel free to add me to your list.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 26th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Confusion Fitness

I did swim, though I never made it to the workout room. I took the stairs quite a bit -- but it was lots more fun to sit around and talk with friends, you're right! Welcome to LJ. (:
marsgov From: marsgov Date: January 26th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
One of the hardest part of Eastern martial arts, exercise regimes, etc., is knowing what to make of the philosophical ideas that accompany them.

I had similar problems with Tai Chi; I don't believe in the flow of of chi. On the other hand, certain visualizations of the flow of chi affected my ability to, e.g., withstand an attack. It's quite the puzzle, but I still don't believe in chi.
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: January 26th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

A Light in the Shadow

Language doesn't just express a thought, it restricts the kinds of thoughts you can have.

Philosophy doesn't just offer solutions to problems, it restricts the kind of solution you can consider and even the kind of problem you can attempt to solve.

Marshal Macluhan, "The Medium is the Massage"

When we look at the world through the language or the philosophy of another, you shine a small flashlight into our personal and cultural blindspots.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: January 26th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A Light in the Shadow

On the other hand, there's the problem of sorting philosophy from reality.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 26th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't believe in chi and stuff either, but I think a lot of it is visualization. Like for dance posture, my teacher used to tell me to imagine a string attached to the bump in my skull right above my neck, pulling straight up. Visualizing that helped get my muscles lining up and pulling where they were supposed to (even though I never believed there actually WAS a string attached there!). So that's kinda what I think the chi is, a visualization exercise to get your muscles working in the right way.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: January 26th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
So that's kinda what I think the chi is, a visualization exercise to get your muscles working in the right way.

Yes and no. Sometimes it's visualization, at other times my instructor asked us to do exercises to feel the flow of chi. And I did feel something, but I don't think it was chi.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 26th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grin* Oooooh, I bet it was ghosties!
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