Okay so you know how old people shrink as they age? I’m not quite there yet but today I did something weird. I learnt to walk! Yes, I know, I thought I’d mastered it when I was one-and-a-bit but now my yoga teacher and dear friend Mel Parks is teaching me (and the rest of her yogis) to walk properly. Or as she would say how to walk with proper body alignment.
So about 15 middle-aged ladies fronted up at 13W (aka The Dog Beach) to go for a walk today. Actually, not just a walk, a walk with optimal alignment.
We started with a mini lesson about how to sit optimally in your car (being in the carpark and all). Did you know car seats are designed for back ache? But if you put a rolled up towel (or you could buy an expensive fancy yoga prop) behind your back, it forces you to sit on your butt bones (my words) instead of forcing the weight into the poor little guy at the sacrum. Forgive me – I’m probably getting all my terminology wrong – but you know, you’re not supposed to ‘tail-bone tuck’ – it’s bad, leads to back pain and is against the yogi way.
Back to the walk. We were supposed to push off on our heels and let our arms swing naturally. Don’t tuck your tummy in. There was probably other stuff but getting the arms swinging (naturally) was hard enough for me to master. We looked a bit like a pack of middle-aged Thunderbirds.
We also learnt how to negotiate stairs – swing your hips a little from side to side as you go down and walk up making sure your knee doesn’t go in front of your heel.
And now that I’m starting to master walking and stairs, guess what’s next? Monkey bars! Woohoo! Love this reliving the youth bizzo!