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Day 82 – A Good Morning

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Trikanasana or Triangle Pose

Trikanasana or Triangle Pose

It felt good to sweat this morning.  I really am starting to get addicted to the feeling of endorphins, which is very exciting.

Today’s pose is Trikanasana or Triangle Pose.  I am doing fine in this posture – when my right knee is bent.  The left knee is another story as we all know.  In fact, I thought I would include photos of my x-rays for you guys to enjoy as well.  I thought it was really cool to see x-rays of my legs.  I have seen countless x-rays of my cat’s insides and even my mom’s dog’s body parts, but not my own.

My Legs

My Legs

Anyway, back to Yoga.  I had a pretty emotional day in Yoga today.  Not sure why really.  My period was last week, so it’s no pre-menstral crap.  Maybe it’s because Bill is in Austria for 2 weeks, and I miss him.  It’s weird that I miss him.  I am ususally very excited about being alone, but I wouldn’t mind having him around.  He’s been really supportive of my business venture lately and it has made me feel closer to him.

Also, the anniversairy of a death is coming up for a friend of mine’s dad.  Well, the friend and I don’t communicate anymore – but we were great buds in high school, so I spent a lot of time with her parents and adore them.  Her father died July 6th of last year and I was thinking of her mom today.  And thinking about how it’s stupid that I miss Bill for 2 weeks when her mom has missed her dad for over a year and maybe even longer than that since he suffered from cancer until his death.

My Left Knee

My Left Knee

I’d love to talk to her mom and see how she is to ease my pain, but I don’t think it would be wise as perhaps it isn’t something she cares to discuss.

Other than that, Yoga was great today and even though there were more people in there than I care to see in there at 6am, I didn’t seem to mind.  I got my spot up front and was able to block out everything else in the room.

There is an older man that stands in the corner spot in the front of the room and when we do certain postures, he cannot get his arms shooting up straight in the air.  Makes me wonder if my dad could.  I think this man’s shoulders are tight or something.  I am not really sure, but it looks either painful or frustrating!  I know I want to go over there and help him get them straight!  I hope he continues to come and that I see improvement, as that will encourage me to find the human body more amazing than I already think it is.  Namaste.

Day 59 – Losen Up Already!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

How’s that for a crotch shot?  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 

I am really sick of how tight I am in the morning I want to losen up already.  I am not a fan of getting up any earlier – I already get up at 6am – which is sorta against my religion as it is.  So getting up any earlier is out of the question.  I just don’t want to go to the afternoon class.  But I always figure with the 90 minute classes that I will have more success getting into positions, but I don’t really.

Today there were only 5 cars in the parking lot when I pulled in, which means that there are only 3 people in class – because the other two cars belong to the instructor and the desk-checker-iner person.

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

But that soon changed.  3 or 4 more people walked right before class started.  One of them was that lady that breaths like Darth Vadar.  I really want to know if she has been trained in Bikram Yoga.  I do not know why she purposely breathes like Darth Vadar.  It drives me nuts and also makes me really weak because she sounds like she needs to get an inhaler for asthma.  I have sports induced asthma, so maybe that’s why I can relate.

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 1/8/10

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 1/8/10

Today’s pose is Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana.  I used to be a lot better at this.  Well, maybe not.  My back used to get all the way down to the floor, but only if my knees spread apart – which is not how this Bikram yoga pose is done.  Nonetheless, I feel stupid with where I can go in this pose at the moment and hope it improves. 

I do have a  gut feeling that one day this tightness is going to go away and I will be a master of disaster in all of these Bikram yoga postures.  Ah, the thrills of a good imagination.  Namaste.

Day 54 – Not As Bad As I Thought…

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Locust Pose

Locust Pose 2/22/10

So I wasn’t as sore and inflexible as I thought I’d be after going to the 4:30pm class last night and waking up for the 6:30am one this morning.

To be quite honest, all I can remember about this morning’s class is how I want to order some Sanuk shoes.  I saw them on the shelving where everyone puts their stuff before class and picked them up and said, “Wow, these are cute.”  And my instructor turned around, and said, “Thanks, I got them on Amazon.com.”  Of course, she has a size 6 shoe, so anything will look cute on her, whereas I have a size 10 shoe, so NOT SO HOT.  My credit card billing cycle renews on the 8th of every month, so guess what is on my list to buy?  I haven’t bought shoes for 2 years, so I think it’s time to reward myself with some shoes.  What do you think?  Do you like them?  Tell me if there is a certain style you prefer.  My instructor said they are designed and made with a fabric that is supposed to be allow you to sweat and not have the shoe smell (as they are meant to be worn without socks).

Locust Pose Profile View

Locust Pose Profile View 2/22/10

Today’s pose is the locust pose.  Oh, the locust pose.  Also known as the arm breaking pose.  It doesn’t feel like I am breaking my arms any more in this pose, which is good, but I am still not where I want to be.  There was a lady in the class today, Pamela, I think her name is.  Anyway, she can almost get her legs over her head, with her toes touching her head (here’s an idea of what the locust pose should look like as one of the advanced yoga poses).  So in other words, you lay on your arms (palms down and elbows as close together as you can get them) and lift your thighs.  Unfortunately because of my pants, it doesn’t look like my thighs are off the ground, but they are.  Friends, I am going to look like the link above by the end of 2010.  It’s time to really master one of the advanced yoga poses.  It’s one I want to master.  Master of disaster. 

Locust Pose 1/8/10

Locust Pose 1/8/10

This is certainly one of the poses that I have gotten a little further in and one I mess around with a lot – but adjusting my arms or my legs to see what works best for me.  I remember a few years ago when I was really into yoga, I was close to mastering this one and remember falling out of it because I was in total awe that I was close.  Just my advancement from Jan. 8 to Feb. 22 gives me hope that I can get where I want to be with this one come December 31st.  Tomorrow is a short class – only 60 minutes.  Two 90 minute classes in a row is nice, but I am ready for a WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU MAM! 60 minute class.

Namaste.

Day 51 – The Curse

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose 2/22/10

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose 2/22/10

When I first got my period, I remember sitting on my mom’s toilet at the house I grew up in (yup, my mom had a phone in her bathroom) and calling her at my parents’ lake house (she was there for a month) and crying, telling her I got my period.  She replied something along the lines of, “Oh Jen, I’m so sorry I am not there.  You’ve got the curse.” 

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

It’s funny that it’s called the curse.  I’ve bitched about my cramps before on my blog, so you guys all know about my curse and well, it was a curse today in Yoga.  Honestly, I cannot figure out what else it could have been.  But I was weak physically, sick to my stomach, etc.   I decided to stand in certain postures too to save my left knee from further damage.  Not a totally rewarding yoga experience today, folks.

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose 1/8/10

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose 1/8/10

Today’s posture is Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose, which I still struggle with because of my pulled hamstring and my lack of balance.  I am bound and determined to perfect this one though, as I did have it down before.  Anyway, in the two photos above, you’ll notice that the first one shows my bad hamstring, because one of my knees is bent.  The other side is better, and I don’t have to bend either knee to get my forehead to my knee.  I will totally have to wear a darker colored shirt for my next photo shoot though, as having to endure the photos of the bologna spots every post is a bit much.

There were 5 people in class today in addition to me.  One of those 5 people was Bill…so really it felt like just 4 more people in class.  Gotta love those early morning classes that no one wants to come to!  There was one guy today that decided to wear his underwear. YES! UNDERWEAR! in class which made for an entertaining distraction.  I would think that if I were a guy I wouldn’t want my willy hanging around like that — seriously, I got interested in watching how a penis moved in the postures.  Ha.

Namaste.

Day 41 – Unusally Weak

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

So I am typing this laying down on my bed.  I am really tired and weak.  I don’t know if it is the exhaustion from stress or what is causing it, but there is something that is making me so tired and weak.  I arrived at class this morning 10 minutes early and laid down until class started.  That was a mistake.  I was ready for bed after 10 minutes of laying down in that hot room.  I don’t understand how people do that.  There are always people laying down at the beginning of classes, how do they get energy for the rest of class?  Laying down to me is going to sleep.

I skipped class altogether yesterday and that’s why you didn’t hear from me.

I also hadn’t mentioned the minor detail that IT’S MARCH!  So that means I have two months under my belt and only 10 to go.  I know before too long I will be saying that I have 10 months under my belt and only 2 to go.

No pictures today because I don’t have them on this computer, so you have to deal with not seeing my fatass today.  Sorry.  I think I might have written about a lady the other day that was breathing really, really loud.  Well, she stood by me today.  God, I get so annoyed by that.  I guess I just think of it as noise waste and it’s inconsiderate and rude to everyone around you.  She was really good though.  She could get into every posture nearly perfectly – in other words, she was already in advanced yoga poses, so maybe there is something to that deep breathing.  Who knows.   I’m tired.  Goodnight and namaste.

Day 30 – Feelin’ Icky

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Today my alarm went off at 6am and I felt horrible.  It was a combination of a sore throat and extra mucas hanging around in my mouth.  I went to bed at 11pm last night and was feeling fine. 

So probably one of the biggest benefits I received from my Graves Disease is that when your body needs to rest, let it rest.  I was raised to fight through it and be strong–push your body to the limit.  But sometimes the stronger thing is to obey your body’s signs of needing rest.  I had a pretty uneventful day today until my class tonight, so I decide to sleep another hour and a half and see if I was feeling better for the 9am class.

Rabbit Pose

Rabbit Pose

Sure enough, when I woke up at 8am, I felt better.  Weird.  But I still do not feel 100%, but the 90 minute class at 9am was great.  It kicked my ass.  I haven’t had a class kick my ass in awhile.  It is such a difference in the morning between 6:30am and 9am.  The 6:30am classes are mostly dudes and the 9am classes are mostly chicks.  In fact, I am pretty sure that my entire class today was all women.  I remember when I took Yoga in grad school – I went to the same studio, but I was in grad school.  I would go to the 9ams and wonder what all the people in that class did for a living.  Of course, I assumed because they were mostly women that they were homemakers or retired, but surely some of them are not.  I am curious what profession they have to be able to go to that class.

I did talk to Elizabeth behind me today.  She and I usually talked before class a few years ago when I was still going to that studio.  I said hello to her a few weeks ago in class and today we talked again.  I mentioned to her that I always wonder what everyone in the class does for a living that they can be there in the morning from 9am to 10:30am.  She said she wondered the same thing.  She mentioned that she had just quit her job as a VP of Finance with a company downtown a year ago…and said, “Life is too short to be miserable every day!”  Reminds me of my experience at the company I used to work for.  Maybe someday I will slowly make my way around the class and figure out what everyone does.

Today’s pose is Rabbit Pose or Sasangasana.  This is another love/hate relationship I have with a Bikram yoga pose.  The idea of this pose is to get your rear end “blossoming” to the ceiling.  I think one teacher in class once said, “Your asshole should blossom.”  An interesting concept.  Of course, she was Russian, so perhaps something is lost in translation there.  Nonetheless, this is a miserable pose for breathing when you have a well-endowed chest.  But in time, as your endurance builds, it certainly gets better. 

Namaste.

Bikram Yoga Poses – Round 1

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Alright, here they are.  Me doing all 26 Bikram Yoga Poses on Friday, January 8th.  I have posted them individually in the posts over the last 6 weeks or so, but now you can see them altogether.  By the time this post appears on the WWW, hopefully, I will have lost some weight and advanced quite a bit in some of these poses.  I will, of course, be doing a comparison.

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

Please do not follow my postures below as examples of Bikram yoga postures. If you would like to see the true way that Bikram poses should be done, then I highly recommend you either check out the Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class Book or buy it online.

It has both excellent photos as well as descriptions of how the poses should be done.  It also suggests alternatives for advanced yoga poses, making them more beginner yoga poses.

Pranayama Series (Standing Deep Breathing)Standing Deep Breathing

Standing Deep Breathing

Standing Deep Breathing

Ardha-Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose with Pada-Hastasana Hands to Feet Post)

This one is a perfect example of me being out of shape.  I also don’t have a mirror, so I didn’t know my hips were so out of line.  Here’s to hoping the next round turns out great.

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose - Other Side

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose - Backwards

Hands to Feet Pose

Hands to Feet Pose

Utkatasana (Awkward Pose)

I’ve had a bad knee for about 6 weeks.  I could go further in these poses in the photos, but I’d rather not jack up my knee more.

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Garurasana (Eagle Pose)

This pose has always been a challenging one for me, one that I have never mastered. I never can get my leg wrapped around the other leg and I do practice in night before I go to bed!

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Dandayamana-Janushirasana (Standing Head to Knee Pose)

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Dandayamana-Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pulling Pose)

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose)

Balancing Stick Pose

Balancing Stick Pose

Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose)

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Trikanasana (Triangle Pose)

Gotta love  my belly!!

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana (Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose)

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Tadasana (Tree Pose)

Tree Pose
Tree Pose

Padangustasana (Toe Stand Pose)

I cannot do this pose.

Savasana (Dead Body Pose)

Didn’t take a photo of this one.

Pavanamuktasana (Wind Removing Pose)

Wind Removing Pose
Wind Removing Pose

Wind Removing Pose
Wind Removing Pose

Sit-Up

Didn’t take a photo of this one either.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose

Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

Locust Pose
Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Poorna-Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Bow Pose

Bow Pose

Supta-Vajrasana (Fixed Firm Pose)

Fixed Firm Pose - Getting Into It

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Ardha-Kurmasana (Half Tortoise Pose)

Half Tortoise

Half Tortoise

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Camel

Camel

Camel

Camel

Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)

Rabbit

Rabbit

Janushirasana (Head to Knee Pose with Paschimotthanasana Stretching Pose)

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Ardha-Matsyendrasana (Spine Twisting Pose)

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Kapalbhati in Vajrasana (Blowing in Firm Pose)

Didn’t take a photo of this one either.

Day 27 – Bloated

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I have been off of birth control for over a year.  I originally got off of it because of holisitic practioner’s recommendations that I do so to get over my Graves disease.  As a result, I am more aware of when my body is bloated and when it is not and let me tell you, it isn’t too much fun!  But it is nice to be more aware of my body.

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Today’s pose is the Fixed Firm Pose.  From the photo, it looks like my belly is huge, almost pregnant in nature.  I assure you that it is huge, but not pregnant in nature.  Because of the looseness of my t-shirt, it looks like my back is flat on the ground.  Although it should be flat on the ground, it is not.  It is arched upwards, hence the appearance of the prego belly.  My knees should be squeezed together and touching the ground.  I haven’t nailed that yet.  And since my knees will not stay on the ground, I have decided that I don’t go this far in this posture right now.  I need to get my knees looser so that they will lie flat on the ground before I can turn it into one of the advanced yoga poses.

Today’s class seemed packed.  I counted.  There were 18 people including me.  It really is strange how some days it is 5-6 people and other days it is 18.  I tell you what, though, as long as I get in the front row, I don’t seem to mind about all the other folks around me.  Again, it goes back to my dad’s paperweight, “If you aren’t the lead dog, the view never changes.”  And that’s the truth – I don’t care to look at other people’s asses and crouches…so all the better if I am in the front row!  And I know that you aren’t supposed to look at that stuff, but I do.  Okay?  I DO!

Namaste!

Day 10 – Happy

Friday, January 15th, 2010

On Mondays and Wednesdays, I go to a personal trainer after I do yoga.  So I am not available until 9am to write this, but then I usually go to CVS and do some coupon deals (if you want a great couponing website for CVS, check out www.iheartcvs.com).

However, today I am still in my wet yoga clothes cooling off before I get in the shower and knocking this post out too…I have  a lot of writing to do today, and I’d prefer to be done with it before 6pm, so I can have a nice evening.  What are you doing tonight?

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Today’s teacher was Aaron. He has been teaching at the yoga studio for as long as I can remember.  He only teaches one time a week, and that is quite evident.  He says many things that contradict the other teachers.

It is funny because he used to really annoy me, and I am not sure if he will later on this year, but today I sort of found him refreshing.  He moves at a rapid pace through the postures, leaving little to no time in savasana.

Today’s pose is a little weird because the room my boyfriend was taking pictures of me in is a little small and doesn’t allow for him to get back and take a complete shot. 

Anyway, as I stated yesterday, I am having problems with my knees, so this is not one of my best advanced yoga poses.  But I think I will be able to advance soon.  My knee is always more messed up after my personal training session (do you think that should tell me something?), so I think by Monday it will feel a lot better.  I need to ice it today.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, whoever you are.

Day 6 – Back In The Studio

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I was actually pretty excited to get back in the studio today.  I think I woke up at 4am, and then tried to go back to bed.  I was ready to stretch and have my heart beat fast and be in a warm room doing it!

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

There is something about that warm/hot room in the winter that makes it sooo inviting.  I fear that it will not be as inviting this summer, however.

Speaking of looking forward, today I signed the contract for 12 months of yoga for $90/month.  So I am totally financially committed now as well.  It sort f makes me anxious, but keeping this blog will keep me dedicated to the goal of getting my body back in shape.

To the right, you’ll notice that I am doing the half moon pose.  This photo is from the photo shoot we did on day 5.  I have been told I have a decent Half Moon Pose, however, this one is horrible.  Since I didn’t have a mirror, I couldn’t tell where my hips were.  They aren’t aligned and look horrible.  I think next time I do this photo shoot, I might have to do it after a session of yoga, as I am also not terribly limber in this pose.  I did such a better job this morning in class!

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class Book

You can get a better idea of how this pose is supposed to look by having a look through Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class.  It is a great book that shows the basic yoga poses of Bikram’s class and includes advanced Bikram yoga postures as well.  I reference it all the time. 

So back to class this morning…since it’s Monday, the class was only 60 minutes, which is always refreshing, but at the same time, my first round of some of the basic yoga poses doesn’t go as deep as I would like them to go, so I would appreciate a second round.  I guess I will get that chance tomorrow.

I do not know the name of the instructor that taught today.  He has a very sexy voice, so it is nice to hear that when you are concentrating in your postures.  The instructor is usually a student in the class, so I am not sure if the regular teacher didn’t show or what!  But no complaints, I like his class and think he does an excellent job.  Lisa is tomorrow.  Love her classes!