Sunday, May 11, 2008

lavender mat

i read a feature at the lifestyle section of the newspaper about a special mother-and-child yoga session for mother's day. and so i thought, what an interesting way to celebrate the mother's day weekend doing that with my daughter. i was not sure if she would agree but thankfully, she was game.

but wait, i didn't even have a yoga mat. so i go texting a couple of my yoga-fanatic friends who have been forever encouraging me to try yoga. and they were only to happy to tell me where to get one... a nice and reasonably-priced one. in no time, i was off to the mall, checked out three shops before finally being satisfied with a nike mat, lavender on the top side, purple on the bottom... good grip, with down-the-middle stitching to make sure one's body is aligned well, comfy, with a tielock-cum-carrystrap. i didn't really know what qualities to look for but what the heck, it looked nice enough. and the clincher, it was on sale! that cool-looking lavender mat screamed it was meant to be.

about 15 or so mother-and-child teams showed up for the special lesson. for beginners like myself and arianna, it was a pretty good experience. aside from learning the different poses, we also learned we lacked flexibility. ooh... the hamstrings, and the gastrocs, and the lower back stretches... ooh! we could not do the partner poses all that well, almost falling as we desperately tried to get up from the mat, with our backs against each other... we just couldn't - i guess our butts were too heavy! and again, we failed to put our legs up to form an inverted-V while facing each other, arms clasped, trying to balance on our butts. despite all these, the experience was enjoyable. it was worth the excitement of trying out something new together. and the giggling and secret laughs we exchanged between us. it was a unique and happy mother's day celebration on our nice, comfy lavender mat.