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i've fallen and i can't get up

It feels strangely fitting for me to be writing this week’s newsletter introducing our new yoga class as I’m laid up in bed from throwing out my back. If you’ve never experienced this sensation, then let me say that I’m incredibly happy for you. But for those of us that have, it’s the shift in perspective that no one is excited to receive.

In an instant, life goes from the familiar eye-level viewpoint to immediately observing the world from the floor. You try your hardest to stand but you can barely sit up, quickly surrendering to gravity and settling into your new home down on the ground while vowing to never complain about your minor aches and pains ever again.

Without the need for medical advice, or even a solid second opinion, you already know--you fucked yourself up.

So now I’m on a steady stream of Ibuprofen, and switching out my heating pad and ice packs thinking about how I got myself in this position. Cursing at the thought that it has to do with my increasing age, I already know deep down the underlying cause is poor conditioning of the muscles I rely on everyday to execute my daily demands.

With the extra hectic schedule of the holidays, and in addition to starting a house renovation, my body could not keep up with my demands of staying focused on my deadlines. As things would go, my back gave out and forced me to take the pause that I couldn’t give myself.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we are introducing a new class called yoga for inner core. We’ve said it before, but just in case you’ve missed it, we created ming+ming for ourselves because we need this too. Starting January 5th, Wednesday nights at 8pm eastern | 5pm pacific our new class will target the inner muscles that are the foundation to support our back, give us the stability and balance for good posture, and provide us with increased stamina to perform the daily demands we put on our bodies.

Yoga for inner core is designed to help strengthen our inner abdominal muscles, diaphragm and pelvic floor. Strengthening these muscles will help with lower back pain, lead to better posture and reduce injuries like throwing out our back, or embarrassing moments like peeing a little when we sneeze.

We are honored to have Justyna join our ming+ming community as a yoga instructor who has a personal passion for the inner core and pelvic floor muscles. She will also target the diaphragm with breathing exercises and guide the class at a meditative pace focusing on self-discovery and healing.

We would also like to encourage anyone who has carried a child, no matter how long ago, to make us a part of your postpartum healing journey. This class will provide you with the guidance, space, and support to move forward with confidence by giving your body what it needs to heal after the physical demands of childbearing.

Even if you don’t need postpartum support, everyone can benefit from strengthening their pelvic floor and inner core. Come pause with us on Wednesday nights and strengthen the muscles that support you all day long and decrease the threat of throwing your back out. Or join us so you can check off your box that you did your kegel exercises and don’t have to worry about what you’ll do the next time you let out a big sneeze.

I’ll see you there!


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