Over the past two weeks I have had a difficult time fitting yoga into my life as it has been a bit of a roller coaster.
After getting sick I found I didn’t have much energy and so chose to do Restorative/Yin Yoga. I found this was very relaxing and helped me to recover.
On Thursday, February 11 my family and I went away to Phoenix. We had a wonderful vacation. The weather cooperated so we were able to swim in the pool at our resort, go shopping and go to the zoo. We also celebrated both my daughter and my husband’s birthdays during our vacation. We were getting a great deal of exercise swimming and walking, I felt fantastic and I was focused on family time. As a result I only attempted yoga on one occasion and, even that attempt was interrupted. Although I was able get some rest and relaxation, there were also the plane rides and hotel beds to consider. These are not so conducive to proper body alignment! It was difficult to evaluate my yoga progress due to these factors.
While we were away my generous parents were looking after our cat. Upon returning home from our blissful trip we learned that my poor mother had broken her leg that morning. The fault was my cat’s, who had escaped out the door when my mother opened it to get the mail. My mother chased after her and slipped on the sidewalk. (Freezing rain in February in Regina is rare and dangerous, isn’t it?). I have spent most of the day at the hospital and my dear mother is in surgery as I write this. During our visits today, as usual, my mother was more focused on how all of us were doing. I’m sure she wished she had some food to offer us! She is strong, healthy and spirited. I’m sure she will be up and about in no time. However, it will be a long time before I will forgive my thoughtless cat!
Needless to say, my energy, my focus and my stress level have been a bit of a roller coaster over the past two weeks. It was difficult to self-evaluate such a variation, especially when very little of it is due to yoga. However, I always do my best to practice a yoga lifestyle. For me, this means kindness to myself and all those around me as well as looking for peace, calm and joy in everyday life. Vegetarianism and healthy eating are also part of my yoga lifestyle. While on vacation for seven days I felt it was easier to practice these values.
See my self-evaluation here.
I will keep you posted on my mother’s progress as well. All prayers and happy thoughts are appreciated!
UPDATE ON MOM:
It is Saturday morning. My mother is an inspiration! She got out of recovery at 2:30 in the morning. By 9:07 this morning my dad texted me that she was up in a chair having her breakfast and was ready to bear weight! I’m sure she is ready to get back to looking after everyone else! Her mother (my grandmother) lived to 93. At 75, I’m sure my mother plans to have another 20 years or more to look after us all! So she knows she has to look after herself. She exercises three times each week, eats healthy and always on the go!
Grandma always said “things are never so bad that they couldn’t be worse!” I guess another way to look at this is that there is always something to be thankful for. Perhaps this is the answer to a long, happy life. Today I’m thankful for my determined, amazing mom!