My arms and shoulders are burning. It actually hurts to fold the laundry. And I think this is FANTASTIC!!!
This morning I tried the Yoga Flow class at the YMCA. When I walked into the room, another Y member warned me that this was harder than Body Flow, a class I like to take on Wednesday mornings. I'm sure the look on my face screamed should I run?! because I think Body Flow is challenging. The instructor told me that I could go at my own pace and assured me that I could do it. So, I unrolled my mat and prepared myself for what the next hour was going to bring my way.
Halfway through the hour, my arms were trembling and I actually thought how can I do this another 30 minutes!!! The instructor must have seen the exhaustion in my body language because she informed the class that it's okay to take a break in child's pose. Thank Goodness!!! Off and on for the next 30 minutes I put my body into child pose and I was okay with that, because I knew that I was still trying my best. It didn't matter to me that my peers were mastering the Plank or that they were balancing on the three limbs. What mattered to me, was that I was obviously working my muscles in a way that would have never been possible in years past.
I'm really proud that I went out of my comfort zone and tried this new class. Yes, it was HARD, but I'm really looking forward to going back next week and the week after that. I think it will be a fun way to gain strength and improve my balance. I think it's okay to be proud of myself for doing something that most people could do, but choose not to attempt. I really think that my mobility is a gift from God and I'm not about to waste it!!
After living the first 33 years of my life thinking I had Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebal Palsey, I was correctly diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD). I am on new medication and doing things that I never imagined possible. This has changed the lives of my husband and two daughters. I truly believe that I am living a miracle each and every day. Life can't get any better than this!