Nope, not a food post unfortunately though i’d love to make pretzel one day. :)
I used to be quite chillax over my practice. It was always an on & off affair for this mother of 3.
I started practicing at a not so tender age of 21 with my mother (in law). She’s really flexible and still is at the age of 60!
Initially, i practiced because i felt the pressure of needing to please her — she was always roping me in to practice with her. We just got acquainted then and of course i needed to get into her good book! HAHA! So every morning, without fail.. both of us will be practicing for an hour, with her coaching me all the way — almost like a private class if you will. Not too long after that, i stopped because i got preggy.
3 years later, boy2 came along. I still didn’t resume my practice. But, I concentrated on cardio exercise instead. I didn’t lose that much weight but what i noticed was, i no longer have a waistline after 2 pregnancies! *horrorsssss* My waistline was like a log! Straight down just like that. It was mortifying! But still, i continued with cardio — kickboxing etc.
For the record, though visibly trimmer, the body was flabby, and not exactly… nice.
When i delivered beepbeep in 2007, i finally signed up for yoga, together with the cardio classes. My love for yoga rekindled. I love yoga! To my (pleasant) surprise, i was one the instructors’ favorites. I often get asked to do demonstration to show the class on the correct postures etc. In 2010, i decided to leave the all woman’s fitness centre. I had a talk with my favourite instructor and he told me that i should totally upgrade myself and so i did.
But i picked the wrong school!
I sillily committed myself to Bikram Yoga for the 12 whole months without even trying out their classes!! What an idiot. Hahahaha! I truly hated Bikram. Bikram made me nauseous. Bikram made me sick. The 90 minute class was a torture. As i like variation, Bikram bored me to tears with its repetitive sequence. Out of the 50 passes i bought, i only utilized a grand total of 20. LOL! Yes, 20 classes for the whole 12 months! That was like less than 2 times a month??? Kekekekeke!
Needless to say, when the last day of 12th month came, i punched the air and screamed, YES! :P
Before i signed on the dotted line with my current school, i tried out 2 other centres. Though pricey, i knew i had to pick this school because as corny as it might sound, the heart told me to. 14 months later, i still love practicing at my current school. In fact, recently, i got so serious over my practice that i am there at least 3 times a week!
Since last November, i got inspired to take photos of my poses to see the improvement. So. The above 9 photos… were taken sometime last year, between November to January 2013. Let’s see how much i can improve by end of this year yeah? ;)
As for the waistline, well.. let’s just say, i’m not complaining though an even tinier waistline is preferred. The secret? Plenty of twisting poses!! *wink*
Disclaimer : i was never a trained gymnast or ballerina.. so, if if can do it, so can you! ;)