Friday, March 6, 2009
MS Yoga and Lunch with a Friend
In January, I found out about an MS Yoga class that was available in my area. I signed up and began taking the class, and I'm so glad that I did. Most of the people in the class have MS, the others have some sort of limitation that precludes them from taking a regular Yoga class. Our instructor is 70, has taught Yoga for 40 years, and is just the sweetest woman you would want to meet and know.
Most of the exercises are done while sitting in a chair, although some of us get down on the floor for a couple of the exercises done toward the end of class, and for the relaxation portion. Montana loves the relaxation portion of the class. I lay down on a rug, and he lays as close to me as is physically possible with his head laying on my stomach. That, in itself, is comfort to both of us. Then, when it's time to get up off the floor, Montana stands close beside me on my left, still as can be, and I'm able to brace myself on him in order to stand up. Without him, I would either have to ask someone for help or not get down on the floor at all. It still amazes me that he adds so much independence for me. After class I feel great, much more loose and relaxed.
Today, DH and I had lunch with a friend of mine who is a reporter for our local newspaper. Meg and I met last March when she did an article about Montana and I. At the time, I was scared half to death. I'd never been interviewed for a newspaper article before! After about five minutes, she had me relaxed and laughing, and I was able to forget to be scared and shy. We had a nice lunch with good food, good conversation, and lots of fun.