Monday, March 23, 2009

NOW I know why...



I've never been a fan of The Honeymooners, and even less thrilled with Ralph Kramden's threat, "To the moon, Alice!"

Now I know why. I experienced firsthand the pain of moon travel during yoga class. I crumbled before we were halfway to the moon, halfway through a FULL, NON-STOP series of lunar poses!!

I can't remember if the "cow" position (above) was actually in that series, but it pretty much looks like me crawling to my car after class. (Okay, maybe add a couple pounds here and there...)


Now the thing is this, when we began the series, the instructor reminded class that solar exercises are the masculine side of yoga, lunar the feminine. Having completed 5 sets of sun salutations the day before, I thought, Hey, lunar will be a piece of cake!

I could write more about WHY I thought that. WHY I erroneously assumed lunar (aka feminine) would be less intense than solar (masculine). My instructor confirmed for me that I'm not alone. A lot of people have the same reaction...

I'd rather hear YOUR thoughts on this subject...WHY is feminine ever equated with easy?

8 comments:

Patty Gironda said...

Ask Mo! I got hurt looking at the stick Diane!

Regan Black said...

Feminine - easy? Are you kidding? Talk about mythbusters!

I tore up my shoulder trying to do half moon a couple years ago. I still modify - out of fear! LOL

And while I've worked my way up to ten sun salutes a day, the moon series still has me beat.

Regan
http://www.regansrealm.blogspot.com

Diana Black said...

Oh, not to worry, Patty! Diana is NOT a stick! (Well, maybe a stick of butter!!)

And Regan, sorry to hear about your shoulder. OUCH! But good to hear I'm not alone in thinking the moon series is TOUGH! Like us women-folk! Whoo-hoo for moon women!

Thanks, ladies. Always love hearing from you...

Diana

Mary Cunningham said...

Reminds me of the time we took that yoga class and I ended up practically passing out!

From the sounds of Regan's shoulder, I think I'll stick to the simple stretches.

http://www.cynthiasattic.blogspot.com

Patty Gironda said...

I showed Ron "Stick Diane" and he asked why does "Stick Diane" have to practice yoga?!

Diana Black said...

HaHa!!!!

Oh, and this morning's workout was really challenging! Again, felt like I needed to crawl to the car...

But the benefits far outweigh the challenges...

Diana

lindacassidylewis said...

Diana, I'll give my answer to your question. I think the feminine is equated with easy for one reason. Most of us have been raised in a patriarchal society and we've accepted the designation of woman as a "lesser light." Physical strength is seen as superior to emotional strength, when in reality it's the opposite.

I am woman, hear me ... sigh.

Diana Black said...

What a wonderful comment, Linda! I guess it's up to all of us "women folk" to turn that tide. To never give in to self-talk that is anything less than positive and empowering!

Best,
Diana