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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Breathe (08/19/10)

TITLE: Letting Go
By Dana McReynolds
08/25/10


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It happened somewhere between the “Triangle” and the “Cobra”. Betty realized that confiding in Martha was a huge mistake. Yes, the panic attacks were terrifying. But this, this was worse. Trying to contort her body into such unnatural positions, Betty was certain she would not walk for a month. She remembered Martha’s plea, “Come to yoga class with me. You’ll be so relaxed.”

Betty decided they must have different ideas for relaxation. And what did Martha say about breathing? “You’ll learn some great techniques. Those smothering attacks you have, you’ll know how to catch your breath.”

Half the class had passed and Betty could not remember taking a proper breath. She found it impossible to concentrate on balance and breathing at the same time. Betty was never much for multi-tasking. Despite these struggles, Betty thought she would turn her head around and glance at Martha during the “Downward Facing Dog” pose. The next thing Betty knew, she tumbled over and landed flat on her back.

All at once embarrassment and exhaustion led to a fit of laughter. Betty was unable to contain herself. She was a disruption to the class, but at that moment it was like therapy. All those months spent mourning the death of her husband, suffering from panic attacks, unable to breathe, she was now letting go. Betty laughed until the tears came. Martha joined her and the two of them left the yoga class.

“Oh, Martha, will you be banned from class now?”

“No, but I can’t say the same for you!”

“Well, that’s probably for the best. I’m not sure I’ll be able to bend over tomorrow. But I feel better than I have in months. Thank you for getting me out of the house.”

“Betty, I would give up yoga class forever to hear the sound of your laughter. It has been way too long.”

“I agree, Martha. But how about we try a funny movie next time?”


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Sarah Heywood08/27/10
This was both sweet and funny - I enjoyed it very much!
Amanda Brogan08/28/10
Cute and sweet. I admire Martha's committment to her friend.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/28/10
I tried Yoga on my Wii Fit and I found myself h. It was holding my breath to do the positions. I enjoyed your accounting of it.