Inserting Yoga Zone into the DVD player, I cup my hand around the steaming hot virgin latte feeling the warmth radiate up my aching arms. Sipping on the caffeine free drink throughout the disclaimer, and introductions, I mentally get ready for Al & Lisa’s quiet calm voices to guide me through each yoga pose.
My ritual is always the same. Turn on a fan for white noise, slip the black-silk mask over my head, and place one pink plug snugly into my right ear.
All is hushed as seven little dogs perched in their favorite position, watch me prepare. The routine comforts all of us.
Undertones of soft music float in the air as Al has me breathe deeply and stretch. Ahh…it feels so good. Now slowly exhale. He talks about downward facing dog, reaching up to the sky to feel the heat. Or how to tilt your pelvis for proper alignment. Most important is the breathing-in, and then releasing the breath.
On the other hand, Lisa has you listening to the-breath as you do each pose. She softly says that it’s more important to exhale all the way and then let the inhale take care of itself. Calm radiates throughout my body as I relax each limb, allowing the pain to escape.
I exhale and wonder where the bird tweets and highflying planes soaring in the air come from.
Exhale. Hear the breath. Exhale slowly and completely. Exhale…Exhale….
Oh, wait! Did I mention that I don't actually DO the yoga... I use this 20-minute session to put me to sleep.
Pamela Vanden Bos