Super Bowl Yoga

Francesca Silva

AMGT_super-bowl_02.05.09.jpgLast weekend was Super Bowl Sunday, which meant party time over at our house. My husband, the ultimate couch supporter, enjoys watching almost every sport, even though soccer is his first true love – come on, you didn’t think I was going to say that I’m his first true love, did you?!

This year, we had eight couples over and, once the initial chit-chat was done, the men gravitated down to the basement (aka my husband’s sports bar) to watch the game, loudly cheering and jeering with the usual enthusiasm men direct at a TV during any game.

We women left them to it and stayed upstairs to relax and catch up with each other. While we were chatting and munching on chips and dip, one of my friends noticed a DVD that was lying around (okay, I’ll confess – I made sure it was “just lying around” in full view) – John Sovec’s The Gift of Yoga.

Is there any merit to this yoga thing?” my friend asked. Well, no need to ask me about yoga a second time. Just throw me the football and I’ll run with it (sorry – obviously, the Super Bowl affects me in ways I don’t even realize)! I popped the DVD into my player and pressed “play” before anyone could think twice. Well, the next thing I knew, a few of my friends started to follow along. As more joined in, we decided to clear some furniture in the room so that everyone would have a chance to give it a go – it was awesome!

While we were all trying to focus and follow John’s directions, the men came up looking for sustenance during the half-time break. “What the heck are you doing?” one of them asked. “It’s Fran’s yoga thing” my husband replied. We tried to ignore them as they watched and made caustic comments – we were obviously providing them with far better entertainment than the half-time Super Bowl performance! Once the second half started, though, it was back to watching the game downstairs. “Very strange, these women” I heard one of the men mutter as they went back down. They shout at a TV and think we’re strange? Okayyyy….

When our impromptu yoga class ended, I was delighted to hear how enthusiastic my friends were. Many of them had questions, which I did my best to answer, and every one of them said they were going to sign up for a class. I plan to remind and encourage them to do so as I’m sure it won’t be long before they’re as besotted with yoga as I am.

All in all, it was a very successful and enjoyable weekend. Super Bowl versus yoga – no question who won. Touchdown!
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