Sunday, June 2, 2013

Yoga with Lucy

To complement my running workout, I am trying to do more yoga at home. Getting to a class these days more than impossible, so I'm doing 30 minutes of yoga 3-4 times a week (yoga series courtesy of the awesome Lara Alexiou). However, more often than not my yoga time is shared with Lucy. Lucy enjoys yoga to a certain extent. But her real passion is to make up her own poses and sit on me while I do mine. Here is my 30 minute yoga routine, as practiced this morning with Lucy.

Pranayama Deep Breathing (one set of 10 breaths)

Lucy: Mama, I don't want you to take deep breaths. That sounds too funny. Your breath is stinky. Your breath is stinky! YOUR BREATH IS TOO STINKY TO BREATHE LIKE THAT!

Sun Salutations (10-15 minutes)

Lucy: I'll be under you!

Me: Watch out, I'm going to jump back.

Lucy: I'm a puppy and you're the mama puppy

Me: I need to lay down now. Lucy, Chadaranga is really hard. Please get off my back.

Lucy: can I sit on you while you're a dog? Don't forget to bark! I can do the snake "SSSSSSSSSS". Are you done now?

Eagle Pose (2 sets)

Me: Do you want to do this pose with me?

Lucy: Oh, sure! I show her how to get into it. I DID IT! I DID IT!

Standing Bow (2 set)

Lucy: How many times long do you do that one?

Me: 1 minute on each side. I really have to concentrate. Do you want to try it with me?

Lucy: Sure! She tries, falls out after 2 seconds. I can't do that one. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Are you done? Why do you have to concentricate so much? Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama.

Separate Leg Stretching (2 sets)

Lucy: what's this one called?

Me: Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana.

Lucy: Um...what's this one again?

I explain I'm stretching to try to put my forehead on the floor.

Lucy: You're moving! You're almost there! I am really not almost there.

Fixed Firm (2 sets)

Lucy: Want to play tug-o-war? Here! Pull!

Me: Pulling the ribbon as I back down into Supta Vajrasana. You win.

Lucy: Now YOU win. Mama. Play again. PLAY AGAIN! Wait. I can do this one. See? How many times long do you do this?

Me: Just for a minute or so, until it is too uncomfortable to hold anymore.

Lucy: I can't hold it anymore. I'm uncomfortable.

Pigeon Pose (2 sets on each side)

Lucy: ...can I sit on you now?


Spine Twist

Me: Do you want to do a spine twist with me?

Lucy: I can't twist my spine so much. Here, I'll do a twisty leg pose. It's not a fish pose. It's called "tellago".

Khapalbhati Breathing

Lucy: that's funny. Do it again.



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