You know the old saying, the shoemaker’s kids are barefoot..….well, the yoga teacher’s wife doesn’t practice yoga – as much as she could or should – but that is changing. With the New Year 2014, I, Lisa Manning, decided I was going to go to yoga at least 2 times per week, hopefully more. Hey, I get free yoga, I better take advantage of it!
A lot of my personality, is a quiet, introverted person who likes to make art, and work on crafts. Knitting and crochet are pretty sedentary activities! Having this nature, its easy to avoid exercise, especially when life is busy with kids, their activities, and multiple part time jobs. However, I know I feel great when I do yoga – I just need to get in the door and on the mat and then I’m fine. I’m not so great at practicing alone and at home.
My yoga history… Funny thing is, I started yoga before Jeff! When we were at the University of Idaho around 1999, I took a yoga class at the University and really liked it. I wanted to pursue yoga further and found the Moscow Yoga Center, downtown Moscow, Idaho. This is a picture perfect, little university downtown – the bookstore, art gallery, yoga studio, food co-op, tie-dye store, gem store, restaurants… you get the picture. We were living in a hippy paradise and it was pretty easy to make healthy choices.
There was a free yoga class at the Moscow Yoga Center at the beginning of our 2nd year at the University of Idaho. After a day of rock climbing, I dragged Jeff and his buddy Randy to this free class taught by Jeri Hudak (who became our favorite teacher). Jeff loved the class and the rest is history. Jeff’s passion for yoga continues to grow every day!
(Lisa practicing a back bend with Jeri Hudak, yoga workshop at the Aurora Yoga Center in 2010.)
I did yoga on a regular basis throughout my pregnancy with Olivia, our first born in 2001. But… Life got busy with kids, jobs, moving to California and back to Illinois. As a mom, all too often I neglect myself. Now it’s the new year, 2014. I also turn 40 this year in June, I’m out of shape and it’s time to get busy. Luckily, I don’t have any major health issues, but small aches and pains seem to go away when I’m practicing yoga regularly and my mood improves as well.
(Lisa working with the wall ropes, January 2, 2014)
January 2014, here I am at my first class of the year… Thursday, January 2nd. Little did I know, just a few short days later I would get a big surprise. I wasn’t practicing yoga alone, I have a tiny partner on board… I found out on January 5th that I’m pregnant and due September 10th.
(Lisa’s downward facing dog, January 2014)
Now more than ever I feel the importance of a regular practice. I need to stay strong for the months ahead. I need to be healthy and keep moving. I’m not going to be skinny anytime soon, but that will be OK too.
(Lisa Manning & John McEnroe – practicing headless headstands, February 2014)
I also find that yoga is extremely helpful for my mental health. When my mind is racing with to-do lists and worries, yoga grounds me and slows down those thoughts, and eases my mind. I’m a person who struggles with depression and ADD, yoga is really helpful for dissipating the blues and bringing focus too.
(Relaxing, soaking up some rays in Goddess Pose – Supta Baddha Konasana, February 2014)
If I can do yoga, so can you! You don’t like exercise, neither do I. You are overweight and out of shape, here I am your chubby friend! You don’t have much money, it’s only about $10 per class and if that’s still not doable, we’ll work with you. You are spinning and can’t decide what to do first, try a yoga class! You are too depressed, just get in the door to the yoga center and you’ll feel better. You have health and physical concerns, talk to Jeff, he teaches therapeutic yoga that can be helpful for everyone. You are 40 and pregnant, great! – come on down to the Aurora Yoga Center!
New Prenatal / Postnatal yoga class! – Tuesday mornings beginning March 4th, 9:30-10:30a.m.
We hope to see you soon at the Aurora Yoga Center!
Peace & Love, Lisa & Jeff
P.S. Is not easy to share photos of myself, but I will keep you updated on this blog about my practice this year, throughout my pregnancy, and afterwards. I hope sharing myself will be helpful to others & you see that yoga really is for regular people, no matter your size or age – this is real life!