Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Yoga Y

You can say what you want about Pete Rose, but when asked why he was such a good player he said, "I work on my weaknesses." The exercise that makes you crazy, that's hardest for you is the one that changes and improves everything else. When you presently struggle with something and you're willing to be open to the possibilities you will discover levels of fitness you never thought possible.

As some of you know I've been working on this gymnastic move called a swing handstand for almost two years. Two years! I was foreverly struggling with this thing. I was questioning why I was even bothering with it from week to week. It was so frustrating to be so lousy at something for so long. Finally I asked my friend Phil (Chest-Shoulders-Triceps Phil) to meet me at the beach on Fridays to work on it with me. He agreed (he was struggling with it as well) and in three short weeks we improved ten fold.

Today we each nailed it three times in a row. It was the best feeling in the WORLD! I hated yoga at first. Too slow. Too long. Too many silly moves that don't do anything. blah, blah, blah. I was so wrong, wrong, wrong. Yoga made everything else I do better. Yoga made that swing handstand possible. Fit stiff people get hurt. Fit flexible people get better.

Yoga...that's Y


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the swing handstand! It's great to know that even as fit as you are, you strive for more and even struggle sometimes, too. Thanks for being an inspiration!

Mary Cecy said...

Congrats to you and Phil. I remember in Camp you showing us with the help of Mark B. I am glad that you conquer another goal!! WTG Peace my friend.

KarenB said...

Ok, so you've convinced me to keep trying. First time, YogaX, I hated it--"Too slow, etc." Same reasons you listed. But the more I keep doing it(even though I don't want to) I find myself wanting to be able to do those exercises I can't do. That's my motivation to keep it up!!! It's comforting to know that you've had the same conversation in your mind as I have. :-)

P.S. What's a swing handstand?