It’s Not Complicated

“You don’t have to do complicated shit to be strong.”

~Yogi Erin~

Spoken while the Friday night yoga class was led to side plank pose.

I’m 100% positive I did not look like this photo, but there is always a best effort. We held the pose for slightly longer than a shoulder wanted to be strong, so a knee went down.

I’m far from being 25 or 35 years young and, therefore, no longer pig-headed about taking modifications when a yoga pose becomes difficult. My 62 year old physicality is strong in some ways, but betrays once or twice during class. And there are days when I feel weak and struggle. It has to do with having a curved spine all of my life, a fact that requires me to do what I can to stay upright and moving. Yoga helps with being active and I enjoy it far more than a visit to the gym, even on the difficult days.

Which leads me back to Yogi Erin’s statement about complicated shit.

I try to not engage in complicated shit, although some yoga poses can be all that and extremely difficult.

Nope, not ever happening in my world unless I find the Fountain of Youth and get an entirely new body.

Most often, we’re not expected to be complicated in class. The teachers let us know that we never have to explicitly follow their prompting. We never have to do anything we don’t want to do. Heck, we could do corpse pose for an hour, if it’s so desired.

Corpse pose. One of my favorites, which comes at the end of class. A way to be mentally strong – shutting off the mind for a few minutes during cool down. Highly desirable, don’t you think? It’s deserved after an uncomplicated hour of being sweaty and physically strong.

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24 responses to It’s Not Complicated

  1. dweezer19 says:

    I kinda resent the name ‘Corpse pose’ though. It implies that only in eath is it acceptable to let it all go. It should be ‘Effortless Pose’ or ‘SerenityPose’, or maybe ‘Sheer Exhaustion Pose. 😉 I tried Yoga Class once but the sense of humiliation was just too much for me. Im in fair shape but have never been able to contort into pretzel poses. Idoenjoy a good deep meditation group though. Have fun, Mary and stay loose. 😀

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Effortless Pose sounds good, Cheryl. I’m sorry you felt humiliation at yoga class. The point is not to twist into pretzel shapes, but to do what you can and be okay with that. In a class of mostly 20, 30 and 40-something year old young people, I do what my body allows and nothing more, and I’m okay with that. That being said, meditation is so good for you and you should enjoy what makes you happy. 🙂

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I don’t do yoga, or gym, but I like this message. It reminds me that walking and riding an exercise bike count. I give you credit for going to class with a healthy attitude, and a realistic goal. I think that’s a testament to your mental strength.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Biking absolutely counts, Dan. Yoga seems to give me the mental strength that going to the gym does not. I actually gave up my gym membership last month and attend yoga exclusively now. It feels good to be in a heated room and sweating through the winter months, letting go of something that never excited me much.

      • Dan Antion says:

        I tried the gym route years ago. In the time it takes me to get to a gym, I can walk, ride and stretch, here. They added onto the Windsor Locks Canal trail, so I think a round-trip ride is now about 12 miles. It’s supposed to open April 1st, depending on the status of the nesting eagles. There are longer trails available, but none this close. I hope to get to it often.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        That’s awesome news about your trail, Dan! That will be a nice ride for you. Is it April yet?

        I have weights and bands at home and my desire is to start using them for 15-20 minutes a day when I don’t go to the gym or have 50 million things to do after work. Yeah…I know…good luck with that. 😉

      • Dan Antion says:

        I have several stretch bands anchored to a support pole in the basement. I do the exercises the PT lady gave me, hoping to avoid ever seeing her again in person. Oddly enough, retirement hasn’t reduced the 50 million by much.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Many of my retired friends tell me how busy they are, but that’s okay. I’d rather keep busy than be bored.

  3. John Hric says:

    it is supposed to be corpse posse. like in the old western movies. lets do the corpse posse. then we will mosey down to the saloon and be rowdy.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      LOL. I watch the old western TV shows on Saturdays, when I’m home. You can always find a saloon, rowdiness, posse, and gunshot victims without looking too hard.

  4. loisajay says:

    I do love yoga. Yeah, not a fan of the name ‘corpse pose’ either….. I call that one bedtime… 🙂 Stay strong, Mary!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It is bedtime for some, Lois. Over the years, I’ve heard people snoring at the end of class and almost been one of those people after a tiring day and class. Namaste!

  5. Laurie says:

    Ooooh, yes! Corpse pose was always my favorite too. VERY uncomplicated. The worst poses for me are ones that require flexibility in your back/legs, like bending over to touch your nose to your knees while seated. I’m lucky if I can sit at a 90 degree angle! 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      For me, the balance poses and back bends are the worst. Don’t think that will ever change, but there are plenty of other poses, like corpse, that I can get into whole-heartedly.

  6. joey says:

    Yogi Erin is wise. I love yoga. I incorporate it into my morning stretches, which assure me I will still be mobile at 62 and 82 and 102 — don’t laugh, if I don’t do them, I feel like I’m DYING and I’m only 46. lol
    Complications arise on their own. I don’t look for complicated. That’s a young pretzel’s game 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am not laughing, Joey. Being upright and mobile is also my goal. When I sit or do nothing for too long, I feel terrible. It makes my back feel weak and then I feel weak. Keep doing that yoga, it’s good for you!

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