Note to self: yoga and football don’t mix

Yoga is more than a trendy way to exercise. As I understand and believe, it relaxes the body and helps establish and mind-body connection.

I feel that it helps me with balance and control of my body.

As yoga has many poses, it requires much focus and concentration. So I think it’s probably a good idea to not watch football games and practice yoga at the same time.

Truth be told, I have never taken a single yoga class and learned all my poses from a wonderful invention called the Nintendo Wii Fit.

I love it. Doing yoga on the Fit is a ton of fun and I guess I’m technically working out, right? What I love about it is that there is a giant yellow dot in the middle of the screen on which you focus on. Then a red dot in the center represents you and the key is to focus on staying within the yellow dot. That helps make sure you’re doing the pose correctly and maintaining proper balance.

But on opening weekend, I couldn’t do Wii yoga AND watch the Bears versus Colts game at the same time. So, I figured I’d have the best of both worlds: do my poses without the help of Nintendo while watching the game.

I already knew how to do the m, so I didn’t really need that yellow dot, right?

Combining the two was such a bad idea. Instead of focusing on my poses, I was focused on my Fantasy Football receivers Marvin Harrison, Anthony Gonzalez and Reggie Wayne of the Colts and tight end Greg Olsen of the Bears.

I was in the Half Moon pose when Gonzalez dropped a pass from Peyton Manning. (Way to go, Gonzalez! You couldn’t catch and run for at least one touchdown for me?) And wouldn’t you know, I broke my pose. It was then that I thought, “OK, maybe this isn’t the best idea in the world.”

But needless to say, I resumed0 my stance and continued on to the Warrior II position. Let me tell you, it’s pretty hard to focus on maintaining balance when you’re screaming “Hit my guy, my guy,” at the quarterback. Instead of focusing on my fingertips, I was following the play.

And how stubborn am I that I kept going?

After the Tree, the Colts were down and Manning threw yet another incomplete pass — this time to Wayne — I came to the realization that yoga and football just plain do not mix.

Wayne eventually scored a touchdown for me, but I had given up on my yoga by that point. I figured I’d make up for lost time later.

I’ve learned my lesson that I can’t have both. What I may have to do is try step aerobics while watching the game. That might work.

If all else fails, I might have to do what just about everyone else in the country does on game day: sit around and eat chips, dip and Buffalo wings. Sounds pretty good to me. I guess I could work on my focus on balance another time.


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