Friday, September 08, 2006


Does anyone do yoga? Is it really all its cracked up to be?
A dear friend of mine is two weeks away from opening her own studio and because I can't get kicked in the head for a while she has challanged me to take ten lessons and see what I think. I say challanged because as far as she is concerned yoga is king and everything else is the cap doffing village folk. Naturally I feel the same way about kickboxing.
We have often had furious debates over our chosen sports. She will come up with devastingly simple yet annoying sound bites like 'a long muscle is a strong muscle' and so on, which I will counter using the patented fatmammycat family snort of derision (FFSD).
'Snffft' I will say, 'what a load of hooey, a muscle is a muscle is a muscle, your long muscles would last two minutes in my kickboxing class.'
To which she- quite rightly- would reply, using her patened nose tilted to sun(NTTS) look, all the better to look down it at me. 'Hah,' she will say, 'and you wouldn't last two minutes in my Yoga class.
Them's fighting words! ( you know, if there was nobody else around, chances are the world would fade to black and there would only be she and me standing in a spotlight, we would then engage in some strange pre-ordained contest, she would flex and bend and hold weird and painful poses and for me a kick bag would appear mysteriously from no where which I would pummel forty shades of shite out of. We would do it long into the night until one of us broke, then wake and find it was all a dream, except my knucles are all swollen and her back is killing her. I would never admit this secret to anyone, and I suspect she wouldn't either and you lot better keep quiet about it too.)
Usually-after more sniffting and hahing- we engage in a 'my dad is bigger than your dad' sort of thing until other folk roll their eyes with their patented don't these two idiots ever get tired of this stupid argument(DTTI) and move away and we start to feel sheepish.
Isn't that always the way though?
Anyhoo, we do a lot of core strenghtening in my normal class, so I'm rather hoping I won't snap clean in half in her class, but does anyone know anything about yoga that might be useful to me in the mean time? I've got about two weeks left before she gets her hands on me.

OH, and on another note, see how early this was posted? Up and about, no sleeping tablets last night, it was fantastic right up to 4:20 AM when I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep for ages. Cold turkey, not so good, but I shall keep at it until I wean myself off them.
OH 2, Annie, if your reading this, I"m going to a very good restaurant for lunch, if it is as good as it ususally is I'll recommend it, not expensive, but very good food.
Other than that it's Friday and it's sunny! Yay!


Blogger Dr Maroon said...

will you be able to do that thing I think it's called 'the crab' or something where you lie on the floor on your back then put your palms and feet on the floor and arch your back so your tummy is pointing at the ceiling and your leotard goes all tight and...
I'm only asking.
Sheesh you started it.

9:56 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I wasn't kidding about nibbling your lobe you know.

10:21 a.m.  
Anonymous Annie said...

Well, aren't you just the bees knees? Thanks FMC!

12:15 p.m.  
Blogger Springfield said...

mmm... yoga. i love it! but it depends on what kind of yoga.... i generally do the kind that doesn't involve all the chanting and such... i'd rather just work through poses. it's very good for you, and will help you stretch out your kickboxing muscles, so that you can use them even more efficiently. i would highly recommend it (of course depending on the type) and if you feel that it's too slow and all about the chanting, try looking into a power yoga class!

1:31 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Yoga? I'm sure it's great for you. Just not my style. I prefer a good, aerobic workout, and being drenched in sweat to all that stretching and posing. It's just not very interesting to me. My sister does it, and loves it. But she's a bit of a hippie, and has been trying to get me to wear clogs and flares for a few years now. Not to be trusted.

I say if you can't do kickboxing, this can't hurt. You may actually like it...hey, I bet your friend could show you some stuff that'll help you sleep!

And yes, it's Friday. And sunny & beautiful in Boston, as well. Hmmm...microbrew beer, I think...

2:30 p.m.  
Blogger KnackeredKaz said...

Never tried it but will you let me know how you get on?

My doctor recommended it for me to strengthen muscles in a non-vigorous kinda way (I've had surgery, there's lots of jiggery pokery and scars and stitches just waiting to burst on me involved) and also to reduce stress as allegedly it's like having a warm bath, relaxation wise.

So far I haven't got off my fat arse and booked some classes, but do let me know what you think, especially if it helps stress, and I might give it a go!

2:33 p.m.  
Blogger finn said...

oooh yes FMC i can see you and power yoga being a wonderful match. it's flowy and transportive, less boring than vanilla versions.

did memnoch teach you how to breathe? cos the biggest thing i learned from yoga is that breathing is everything. except when you're bloated and cranky. then it's just another thing to fail at and get mad about. like ending sentences properly. where's it at at AT.

god yes it is friday. and sunny. not quite MF booze time though alas. have a delightful weekend.

2:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'll try it out and see how I get on, I'm sure I'll like it fine althought like you Andrase I"m much more of a high energy, sweat heart in mouth sort.
Yep Finn Memnoch is a big believer in breathing, especially as he follows Paval's strength training techniques and a lot of that involves very focused inhales and exhales and holds.
Annie: 'Wagamama' Noodle style restaurant under the Stphen's Green shopping centre at the top of Grafton street. Superb fresh tasty food, some thai, some vietnamese sort of Eastern fusion, but not bollocky fusion. I had seafod ramen, a pretty clear soup stuffed with chunks of seafood, finely chopped spring onions and loaded with noodles at the bottom of the bowl, I smothered mine in chilli flakes and got tucked. It was so hot I broke into a mild sweat.My lunch date had a hot steak ramen a dish with noodles and fresh chilli and we shared some lightly spiced pastry wrapped duck, tender and tasty and not smothered in sauce. Plus two tiger beers, 500ml and the whole lot came to 43 Euros. Reasonable and super efficent. Packed to the street at twenty past twelve with a queue out the door, always a good sign. I've been there a few times before and I've never been disappointed.

5:46 p.m.  
Anonymous Annie said...

Thanks FMC. I know just where it is. It sounds like a good place for my noodle-loving daughter to recover from her first encounter with massive quantities of Guinness.

6:54 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

Anagram of yoga?

O gay.

I think that says it all.

Wagamama is Japanese, FMC.

7:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took yoga once. I liked it a lot. It was a class that worked up "heat" (ie. one would sweat). Some of the positions were difficult because of the pudgy gut, though. I need a yoga for fat people class. I'd go to that.

- BG
( -- sorry, can't login under my beta blogger acct.)

7:22 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Thanks Twenty, Annie, got that? But not all wanky, just very very good.

7:26 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

The great Tai Chi master, Chen Man Ching, said the problem with Yoga was that if someone pushed you off your cushion, you wouldn't be able to do anything about it.

7:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sorry, excuse my manners, but I'm busting my own hump to get out of here.
BG cheers, I'm definitely going to give it a go. Etheline says she going to come out with me to see, she's a pilates/yoga chick so it's all good.

7:28 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ah Kim we crossed lines. Yes that might be true, but until I get the all clear I've got to do bloomin' something. I went for a run yesterday and I had a splitting headache when I got back, so I need something with limited impact for a while. By the by, your train journey story gave me the heebie jeebies.

7:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Annie said...

Thanks for the clarification, Twenty. Non-wanky I can definitely do, FMC.

8:22 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

FMC is right. It's non-wanky and delicious.

9:05 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I've never eaten in a wanky restaurant to my knowledge - I don't like the way the waiters slip all over the floor - but I've definitely been to a few masturbatory ones and several who took enormous pleasure in themselves.

I love it round at your's. I'm having a crappy day and am quickly learning that there is no voice quite like fmc's voice to take me out of myself for a bit.

Glad to hear you're sleeping better, hun.

1:55 a.m.  
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