Thursday, March 4, 2010

Babies and Yoga

Last year I wrote about doing yoga with a baby.

It was quite the adventure, I tell you what.
But a lot can change in a year.

This morning I got up and felt so stiff.  So, I decided to do a little yoga to see if that would help me loosen up.

I was quite pleased with the workout.  Keith stood next to me and tried to do all the yoga poses.  It was quite endearing.
By the end I was tired (it was the Biggest Loser Yoga... pretty tough, but awesome).  I was very much looking forward to the cool down with the sitting, and the breathing, and the meditating.  Bliss.  Pure bliss.  Or it should have been.

My cool down was not quite what I expected.  It went something like this:

Sitting in Indian Style, with hands on knees, I was breathing deeply.

Deep breath.  Eyes closed, and in my ears I hear a whimper.  I looked over to see Keith pinching Faye's foot.

"Now let all the stress and tension leave your body."
"Keith!  Leave your sister alone!"
"Breathe deeply, enjoying the relaxation of your body"
Baby fussing, but not yet crying
"Keith!  I told you to leave your sister alone!  Put her hands down, and take your hand off of her mouth.  She doesn't need you to help her yawn."
"You have worked hard, and now it is your time to let your body ease into a deep meditation."
Full on crying.
"Uh-oh!  Time for time out.  So sad.  Climb up onto that chair... Keith, let go of her hair.... in the chair now... Keith!"

At least I got the workout part without interruptions, right? 

And in this, I find a metaphor for motherhood:  Thought it is nearly always hard (the workout) there is a rhythm that can be reached.  This rhythm can lull you into a false sense of security.  As soon as you think you have it all figured out, the built in radar that children seem to have go off.  They MUST throw a few kinks into the mix, just to see what you will do.  It will never be a smooth ride and there is no time for rest.

As frustrating as it is, I just have to love it.  Because really, who couldn't?

21 comments:

Chantel said...

Darling picture of Faye!!

Sue said...

Cute new blog place! Love the pics of the kids, too. But could you please, please, pretty please make the font just a little bit bigger so the old folk can read it more easily?

=)

Lady V said...

I haven't done yoga on the wii in months...shame on meh. I'm falling apart already! The new layout is cute;) And those kids are even cuter!!:)

Brittany Elizabeth said...

Omg your babies are soo adorable! and your new blog is pretty. i like the style and background. :] have a great day!

EmcogNEATO! said...

Can't help but giggle. I love Yoga. I found you Friday Following. Have a great weekend!

Lisa Anne said...

I found you! I like the new blog. I'm hoping this one updates on my blog as your other one didn't and I never could tell when you posted new posts. =)

jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com said...

fresh look,
novel taste.

Happy Friday!

jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com said...

fresh look,
novel taste.

Happy Friday!

fraizerbaz said...

Awww, she's so sweet!

(And you are SO right about motherhood, by the way!)

Emmy said...

Love it! What a great post.. and so so true. You hit it right on.

Love your new look. I came and it took me a second to realize where I was :)

~Shelley~ said...

Your kids are adorable! Visiting from Friday Follow! I'm a new follower! Love for you to come visit me!

Have a great weekend!
~Shelley @ Shelley's Swag

Momisodes said...

Such a true metaphor :)

I love the new place! Looking forward to following you here.

Noodle said...

yup that why I only work out when johnny is home ... never fails just when I get my heart rate up... "mommy!!!" and then a big crash yeap my climber just got into something she shouldn't... Plus Johnny likes to laugh at me when I work out (in a loving suporting way of course...)

Laura said...

haha yeah there's just no way of getting a workout with the kids around! The pictures are precious, your kids are so adorable! Love the new blog too! :)

Crayon Wrangler said...

Yeah...I can see that as being a "zen-buzz-kill"

But, OMGoodness what adorable little buzz kills you have!

Found you through FF and I am so happy that I did!

jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/it-rained-awards-special-award-from-william-and-viola/

an award 4 u.
love your fresh style!

Heidi said...

You're at a new blog?!
I love your metaphore here! That really is the way that motherhood rolls. But it's totally worth it in the end. And just think eventually we'll get our cool time when everyone's grown up and out of the house with their own little children.
Your little work out experience is exactly why I don't work out any more. We used to have one of those gaselle? (tony little thing) and it swings back and forth. For a while I was really dedicated to using it and lost several inches. Then one day I was really going to town and my two year old walked in back of me and I hit her on the chin. We both cried and I never used it again.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

So true!

I was going to buy the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD yesterday, but never made it to Target. I am definitely picking it up this week. I miss doing yoga and right now, my only option is to do it at home.

When I was doing the Melt It Off DVD the instructor was saying, "This is your time, uninterrupted to make yourself feel good". I literally yelled at the tv! Yeah right, uninterrupted!

joeandbridge said...

Good Afternoon! Happy Friday Follow! (on Sunday-lol) I am your newest follower. Come visit me :) and have a great week! Shoot me an email if you'd like me to subscribe, twitter or facebook.

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Cherie said...

I came over and found you from another blog (I hope that's OK) - I really treasure motherhood and my family and love reading others blogs who treasure the same!
Your kiddo's are adorable and your outlook on motherhood is awesome!!

Natasha said...

What a darling girl Faye is growing up to be! I love your analogies, I'm going to be much more prepared when I have my own little ones thanks to your wisdom.