Haibun Monday … Relaxation Class

Visualise twenty horizontal ladies in various stages of bulge, spread out on mats across the village hall.  “Now ladies, empty your minds; starting with your toes and work up towards your heads, tense each muscle in turn, then let it go floppy.  Breathe deeply in through your nose and slowly out through your mouth.  Now, toes … ankles … calves … …”  By this time most of the ladies are fast asleep, some snoring.

Relax, keep calm, breathe;
happy ending nearly here
but first you must work.

Written for Haibun Monday at dVerse  The prompt took me back more than 50 years to learning a technique that has stood me in good stead in many a dire, painful or frightening situation.

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20 Responses to Haibun Monday … Relaxation Class

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    That was fun!

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  2. Mish says:

    This made me laugh out loud, bringing back memories of a friend of mine who always fell asleep in our yoga class….and snored!

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  4. I closed my eyes and visualized your twenty ladies….gave me a good chuckle. My mother passed this technique along to me many years (decades) ago, and it still works! Love the accompanying verse.


  5. tialys says:

    Sounds very familiar.


  6. LOL. I love this humor in this one.

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  7. Thanks for injecting a bit of humor into the prompt, Viv. I can visualized this…guess they relaxed.

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  8. jillys2016 says:

    I used to lead such groups and the visual brought it all back – including the skeptics turned believers! This was such a fun addition to the prompt! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  9. kanzensakura says:

    Oh How this made me grin and laugh out loud. And laughter is good for relaxing. The visuals of this is just delightful. Being an insomniac, I’ll try this and see if it gets me to snooze. but then, I’d probably need the loo just as I started to snore!

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  10. I learnt that exercise too! Wish for the day Id fall asleep in the middle of it. Loved your haibun.

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  11. Grace says:

    I am smiling at the end ~ Relaxation takes some work (smiles) !!!!

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  12. Ha, now that’s relaxed

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  13. Classic relaxation recap, including nap! A joy to read here, Viv.

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  14. thotpurge says:

    A good one to learn!

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  15. Misky says:

    I love that the ladies fall asleep. Splendid.

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  16. I love the phrase – on various stages of bulge – heeheee

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  17. Ha… yes you should be careful not to relax too much… Once when doing exercises like that I was told to go to the loo first… apparently you can relax too much.

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  18. katechiconi says:

    I’ll take this one for my exercise mantra, thanks!

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