Tag Archives: YMCA

Listen to Your Body

At yoga class today, I heard my teacher say her oft-repeated mantra: Listen to your body. She cautions us to not push ourselves in ways that make our bodies hurt. Should we feel any strain or discomfort, we need to … Continue reading

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Pick a Body, Any Body

I’m going to admit to something shocking. I look at other people’s bodies. Yes, I do. And what’s more, I compare my body to theirs and think about how closely my body resembles theirs. I do this a lot at … Continue reading

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My Health and My Children’s Happiness Go Hand-in-Hand

It’s the start of a new year, and as I always do at the beginning of the new year, I resolve to work out more to stay healthy. As I well know, it’s hard for me to stick with anything … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Few Hours Makes

Since we moved to Virginia Beach four years ago, I have been going to our neighborhood YMCA during the day.  I work out with young stay-at-home moms who want to work off those extra baby pounds, other retirees like me, … Continue reading

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I Think I’m Mastering This Stillness Concept

I have been practicing yoga for nearly two years now, and though I am by no means an expert, I feel I have gained some valuable insight into its philosophy.  If you’re not familiar with the concept of yoga, you … Continue reading

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Beware the Tongue

All of us, without exception, I’m confident in saying, have said things we wished we hadn’t said, or wished we had rephrased, or wished we had thought about more before we said them.  I remember many years ago when my … Continue reading

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How to Make Yourself Look Good at the Gym

The other day, while I was getting a drink at the water cooler at my Y, my little paper ice-cream-cone-shaped cup collapsed, and I spilled water down the front of my shirt.  A minute later, one of the regulars there … Continue reading

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The Final Relaxation

After an hour of strenuous activity during my yoga class at the Y, our instructor, Sandy, a soft-spoken, gentle spirit, has us lay on our backs while we close our eyes, listen to soft, soothing music, and go into what … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping at the Y

I have always been a private person when it comes to showing my flesh.  Okay, let me rephrase that.  Except for the time when I was in college and miniskirts were the rage, I have always been averse to showing … Continue reading

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January Rain

Today was one of those dim, rainy, long January days.  I listened to the patter of raindrops as they played their tune on my kitchen’s vent hood while I poured myself another cup of Earl Grey tea.   Toll House … Continue reading

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