I would never be mistaken for a flexible person. Being tall (6’ 3”) I’m more often referred to as lanky or rangy, never flexible.
But age takes a toll on all of us so during the pandemic, but especially the last few months as my 45th birthday approached, I’ve incorporated more yoga into my weekly exercise routine.
I’ve pretty much stopped running. I have a bad bunion on my left big toe that requires surgery. I’m dealing with a good bit of neuropathy so I’ve switched to a long weekly bike ride for some of my cardio. I rode 60 km last weekend. I’m also doing a daily walk with the dog around the neighborhood (roughly 2 km) and sometimes I do it twice.
As anyone who’s been living/working from home the past 18 months can tell you – it gets monotonous. I traded Orange Theory YouTube workouts for random weightlifting and HIIT training but now I mix in yoga, usually every other day. I really like SarahBethYoga. Her focus on breathing, transitions between poses, and her tone really speak to me. Maybe it’s the fact that I meditate almost daily but her Yoga videos feel like a natural accompaniment to my other daily practice.
I’m not going to say I’ve become a Cirque du Soleil contortionist but I have gotten more flexible. My forward and seated folds have progressed to the point where I can easily touch my toes and grip the soles of my feet. For anyone that knew me in high school this sounds impossible but I swear it’s the truth.
I’m sleeping better and feeling fewer daily aches and pains as well. I tend to do yoga every other day and I try to find videos tailored to my specific time constraints (mostly 20 minutes) and what’s hurting me (shoulders after an upper body lift or lower body after a bike ride). I always get a good focus on glutes & core since yoga doesn’t let you forget about balance.
And my balance has gotten better too. Again I’m not the most graceful person (see all my caveats above) but I feel much more stable and grounded than I can remember feeling.
As long as I can find 20 minutes regularly I’m going to keep practicing yoga. I never regret the time or energy expended and I’m ok with knowing that I’ve made slow, steady progress.
Sometimes you just want to listen to something familiar to make it through your day.
I feel the strongest tug at nostalgia and remembrance today, but that may be due to abandoning FB/IG the day before my birthday.
C’est la vie!
Here, then, are the tunes rolling around in my head, unrolled onto the blog. Please enjoy them in the spirit in which they are offered.
That last one never fails. It always gets me in my soft, creamy center.
Many years ago he Looked out through a glassless window All that he could see was Babylon Beautiful green fields and dreams And learn to measure the stars But there was a worry in his heart
He said How could it come to this? I’m really worried about living How could it come to this? Yeah, I really want to know about this
Is it like today? Then there came a day It moved out across the Mediterranean Came to western isles and the Greek young men And with their silver beards they laughed At the unknown of the universe They could just sit and guess God’s name
But they said How could it come to this? We’re really worried about living How could it come to this? Yeah, we really want to know about this
Is it like today? Then there followed days of Kings, Empires and revolution Blood just looks the same when you open the veins But sometimes it was faith, power or reason as the cornerstone But the furrowed brow has never left his face
He said How could it come to this? We’re living in a landslide How could it come to this? Yeah, we really want to know about this
Is it like today? Then there came a day Man packed up, flew off from the planet He went to the moon, to the moon Now he’s out in space Hey, fixing all the problems He comes face to face with God
He says How could it come to this? I’m really worried about my creation How did it comes to this? You’re really killing me, you know
It isn’t just today Is it like today? Is it like today? Bang!
Many years ago he Looked out through a glassless window Didn’t understand much what he saw
It’s a pretty fun little video – about 7 1/2 minutes worth – that has some great behind-the-scenes info PLUS a look at the performers themselves embodying their characters (voices, mannerisms) without actually having their persons inside of them.
Better to watch than to have me explain, but it’s basically people pantomiming – which goes to why the characters are so memorable – the performers are great without the help of felt & wires!
Anyhow, just a little something for your Wednesday pleasure.
Did you ever get a tune stuck in your head and you just can’t stop whistling or humming it to yourself? Happens to me all the time.
In college I used to actively try to get songs stuck in Jennifer’s head by singing them when she was around. Turns out she’s incredibly susceptible to suggestion (and I imagine most other folks are too).
Maybe it’s just more proof that there aren’t any new ideas, only new combinations and both artists simply got to similar sounds around the same time. Urge Overkill’s album is from 2011; Valley Lodge’s is from 2013.
Or maybe I’m just hearing them for the first time and imagining a correlation.
If you’re in the middle of the Venn Diagram of NWA fans & comic book fans, please enjoy Straight Outta Gotham. A former coworker of Jennifer’s is the creative force behind the whole thing & it’s been amazing to see the response online & on his Facebook feed.
I’m embedding the clean version but if you don’t have kids around (or if you’re in a more relaxed office), here’s the explicit version.