Right back at it

I spent the past weekend visiting with my in-laws in Missouri. It was fairly relaxing and some good quality family time with my two nephews, mother- and father-in-law, brother-in-law and The Husband.

Visiting Missouri means some amazing home-cooked meals from Marilyn, my mother-in-law, with a few things sprinkled in here and there from Ed.

Over the long weekend we had delicious items such as pork tenderloin, pumpkin pie, rib eye, hash brown casserole (which I plan to make for Thanksgiving), ham, wine, beer …

You get the idea.

Marilyn and I did practice yoga once together. We were hoping to practice at least once or twice more. We had one afternoon to ourselves and I thought about suggesting a yoga practice. But we were having such a nice visit chatting away that I preferred that.

Yesterday Curt and I got home at a decent hour. I had time to get my work bag and clothes ready for the rest of the workweek. And I had time to hit my regular 6 p.m. yoga class.

Unfortunately Vickie was not teaching. But most subs are great. And the one last night gave me a harder practice than I planned for. But … Continue reading

Is yoga possible while 30,000 feet in the air?

I flew out to Charlotte on Friday.

I can experience lower back pain, especially when sitting or standing for a long period of time. So sitting on a plane is not always pleasant for me.

Almost immediately into my roughly 5-hour flight to the East Coast my lower back started to ache.

Once I was no longer sleeping I used my neck pillow as lumbar support and that seemed to help ease the discomfort.

I was kicking myself (well, not literally, because really I could only kick the seat in front of me and that person would not be happy) for not reading Baxter’s post on chair yoga, which he wrote for the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog.

I have now reviewed the post and think some of the poses are going to be more difficult in a small, cramped coach seat on a plane.

But I think some are definitely possible. Such as Chair Cat; Chair Twist; Supported Forward Bend. Chair Seated Forward Bend/Hip Opener and Chair Backbend might be doable, but just a little more difficult as the yogi would need a little more space, especially in the seated forward bend.

I fly back tomorrow morning. And … Continue reading