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Day 124 – Gorgeous Sunrise

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
Janushirasana or Head to Knee pose 8-10-10

Janushirasana or Head to Knee pose 8-10-10

The yoga room is on the north side of the street and there are windows that face to the west. So I’m not entirely sure why I can always see the sunrise in the 6:20am classes but maybe it’s facing more east than I think.

There were only 3 people in class yesterday which made it a great day. And so we were doing our floor postures and I think we were on camel and I just blurted out, “sorry to interrupt but the sunrise is spectacular!”. It was well rec’d and the teacher replied by saying, “I was just about to mention that as well!”

The crazy thing about seeing the sunrise in the room is that I’ve also seen the sunset so sometimes when I’m in the yoga daze, if you will, I have to remind myself that it’s morning and not evening.

Janushirasana or Head to Knee pose 8-10-10

Janushirasana or Head to Knee pose 8-10-10

Today’s pose is Janushirasana or Head to Knee pose. I’m still tight on my right hand side because of the pulled hamstring from the beginning of the year but I’m enjoying the stretch.

After class, allof the students and the teacher were standing in the lobby and the teacher mentioned how fun it was to have a small class because the energy and synchronicity were on track. So of course I mention the fact that on Friday someone came into class 10 minutes late and did their own routine. And another student goes, “oh my god, that chick was so annoying! She was right in front of me and it totally threw me off!”. So the teacher said she would tell the owner because Aaron (friday’s teacher) isn’t supposed to allow that. Great I feel like a tattle tale.

Namaste.

Day 122 – Lucked Out

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Camel Pose or Ustrasana

Camel Pose or Ustrasana 8/10/10

There are some days when you just luck out by who you set your mat down next to and yesterday was one of those days because I set my mat down next to a lady that was not only good at yoga but focused and balanced which brought me a greater strength in class. I wanted to thank her after class but thought it’d be weird so I didn’t.

Today’s posture is Camel Pose or Ustrasana. My 4 week break in the last 8 weeks has definitely not helped me in camel. Toxins that had escaped my liver during regular practice have returned and consequently I’m enjoying the “I’m about the vomit” feeling that beginners to Bikram yoga poses tend to experience.

Camel Pose or Ustrasana

Camel Pose or Ustrasana 8/10/10

Other than that class went well and I’m definitely sore from being gone – it’s sorta nice to be sore though. Reminds me that I’ve got work to do.

I’ll be going tomorrow as well and hopefully I’ll actually post on the day I went.

Namaste.

Day 121 – F’in Headache

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
half tortoise pose or Ardha-Kurmasana

half tortoise pose or Ardha-Kurmasana 8/10/10

I hate headaches. Hate them!  I also hate the cold. If I could have it my way I would live in weather that never got below 30 degrees.

I woke up yesterday morning to go to the 6am yoga class and my cramps were so bad, I decided to sleep more and go at 9am.

My cramps are really bad before my period starts and only happen about once a quarter. It’s not fun – but I’ve read that if you exercise through it all the better.

So I got up at 7:45am and headed to yoga at 8:30am.

People in the 9am class are much more talkative prior to class starting which much be because there seems to be a lot of regulars (and lots of men yesterday).

half tortoise pose or Ardha-Kurmasana 8/10/10

half tortoise pose or Ardha-Kurmasana 8/10/10

There were 23 people in class with me today but I got a spot up front so wasn’t completely aware of all the folks behind me – just the way I like it.

Today’s posture is half tortoise pose or Ardha-Kurmasana. Not much to say on that other than I think that it’ll be a miracle if I can ever do this posture with my butt touching my heals.

After class was over I didn’t have cramps – but they did come back later. I did though have a horrible, horrible headache the rest of the day and that always happens when I go to the 90 minute class. Drives me crazy. That’s why I’m skipping class today – as there’s no 60 minute available.

I’ll go tomorrow morning hopefully.

Any insight on why I get headaches for the rest of the day after 90 minute classes?

Namaste.

Day 120 – Heavy Breather

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Fixed Firm pose or Supta-Vajrasana

Fixed Firm pose or Supta-Vajrasana 8/10/10

So I do my best to really not be annoyed when someone is breathing so loud the whole room can hear them (over the fans that are spitting out all the hot air, mind you), but I couldn’t focus on me until floor postures yesterday until I was able to get far enough away from the heavy breather. I’ve been told by my boyfriend that heavy breathers don’t know they’re breathing heavy but I have no idea how you couldn’t hear it. The annoyance factor is so bad that I get this feeling throughout my body that I want to scream and wonder if the instructor had actually touched me if I would have.

Today’s posture is Fixed Firm pose or Supta-Vajrasana pose which I’m really struggling with because my knees are so tight. It isn’t a pretty site.  Actually, I haven’t progressed much since the photo that was taken on 8/10/10.  I am frustrated because my doctor told me that my knee problem was something like “Theatre seater knee syndrome” which is just ridiculous, because they hurt in a number of areas – not only when I am sitting down.  I will just push through it though as I don’t feel like beating a dead horse.

So overall class was OK yesterday. I was highly distracted and class seemed to drag on because of my annoyance factor.

Hopefully Friday will be better.

Namaste.

Day 118 – Dazed and Confused

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Okay, “Dazed and Confused” might be a bit of an exaggeration because it’s a movie title so when I wanted to say, “dazed” I just added the “confused” part.

I was totally in a daze today. There were 17 people in the class and as far as I’m concerned there could have been just 2 besides me – the instructor and the guy next to me.

Full Locust Pose or Poorna-Salabhasana 8/10/10

Full Locust Pose or Poorna-Salabhasana 8/10/10

My eyes must have closed a billion times too. I got a decent amount of sleep last night so not sure where the daze was coming from. I like when that happens in class though as time flies by and the next thing I know we’re on the floor doing floor poses.

Today’s pose is the Full Locust Pose or Poorna-Salabhasana or airplane pose. I felt limited in all my poses today because I’ve taken too long of a break so I’m not as stretched out as I normally am. It did feel so good to stretch out though. I loved it. My feet especially. When I don’t do yoga my feet really suffer. They become stiff and are sore in the morning. I also have noticed that my body craves the half moon series when I’m not doing yoga as well as a back bend.

Had full intentions of going to class on Monday and Tuesday and didn’t make it. Then I watched the Biggest Loser on TV last night and so told my fatass to get up this morning.

I’m going out of town for the rest of the week so best case scenario I’ll be back at it on Monday.

Namaste.

Day 117 – Back in the Saddle

Monday, November 15th, 2010
Locust Pose or Salabhasana

Locust Pose or Salabhasana 8/10/10

Yes, for those of you loyal followers I went to yoga this morning. Crazy but  true.

After class, Barb (today’s instructor) said, “Good class.” to me and I replied, “Yes, but I can tell I haven’t been for two weeks.”. To which she replied, “we all need to take a break sometimes for a number of reasons.”

I could tell I’d taken too long of a break but I’m looking forward to my next class as I think it’ll be better because of muscle memory stuff.

Ironically, today’s pose is  Locust Pose or Salabhasana which is appropriate because this was a pose I really struggled in today. I didn’t even try to get my legs up higher because I was afraid that being out of commission for so long would injure my back and back pain is the worst of all!

Now that it’s getting colder seems like the attendance is down again – yay! When I walked in this morning there was only one other person in class and by the time class ended there were about 7 people including me – just the way I like it.

Check out this video I found on YouTube of a guy doing the Locust Pose:

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Namaste.

Day 113 – Uneventful

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Tree Pose or Tadasana 8/10/10

Tree Pose or Tadasana 8/10/10

My neighbor two doors down loves to burn Piñon – at least that’s what I think they’re doing. Could be incense. I type my posts in my backyard on my iPhone while my cats run around (I don’t let them stay outside by themselves), and I’m smelling that wonderful New Mexico smell. Sure makes me miss New Mexico.

Today’s class was uneventful. I was in between two guys so once we got to the floor, the smell was worse than normal. But beyond that there wasn’t anything in particular.

Tree Pose or Tadasana 8/10/10

Tree Pose or Tadasana 8/10/10

My knees were super tight in hero’s pose which wasn’t fun. I almost asked for a block for help. I go toMayo on the 19th for my one-year thyroid re-check. I’ll totally be asking about my knees.

Today’s pose is Tree Pose or Tadasana. I’m still working on opening my hips so I can actually do this posture. I’m much better with my left hip than I am with my right.

Hoping to have the strength to go to tomorrow’s 90 minute 6am-er.

Namaste.

Day 112 – Smelly Sports Bra

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana 8/10/10

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana 8/10/10

Yuck all I smelled today was my smelly sports bra. This bra is an Under Armour bra – just like all the ones I use but it fell behind my washer about 3 months ago and I just got it out a few days ago. When I first dragged it out it wreaked (sp?) like a dishtowel that had been left sopping wet to dry. So I flung it in the washer.

When it came out of the washer I put it on my drying rack (I tend not to put lyrca type materials in the dryer) and then smell tested it when it was dry.

Still smelled bad so I washed it again. Did the same routine and then this morning in yoga realized I must not have smell tested it a third time before putting it in my drawer.

So I’m sitting in yoga wondering who around me smells so bad until I realize it’s myself! 

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana 8/10/10

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana 8/10/10

That sucker is now in a bucket of steaming hot water, with oxi-clean (love love love oxi-clean for removing stains and what not), then itmohe washed and then dried in a dryer. Does anyone have any other recommendations?

Today’s Bikram yoga pose is Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana. A posture I still struggle in, especially on my right leg where my hamstring is still very tight. It’s not pretty friends but I’m getting there.

Rabbit in particular really sucked this morning. When you combine no yoga for 3 days plus early morning, I tend to have an ugly rabbit.

Oh!  I had planned on going to two classes last Friday but I woke up not feeling well and in an effort not to push my adrenals, I took it slow and didn’t go. I ended up not getting any worse which made it worth it.

Namaste.

Day 111 – Highly Irritated

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Trikanasana or Triangle Pose 8/10/10

Trikanasana or Triangle Pose 8/10/10

I laid in bed this morning debating whether or not to get up for yoga. I finally did and was totally annoyed and irritated the whole time.

When I go to an evening class getting up for the morning one is pretty brutal – my body hurts and I have no energy. So I’ve tried to go to the afternoon ones and then the morning ones the next day so there’s more like 12 hours in between. I’ve gotta figure out what to do as I found going only to the 60 minute ones didn’t help in the weightloss department nor did they help in the flexibility department.

Today’s Bikram yoga pose is the Bikram Triangle or Trikanasana. Man, Julia really kicks my ASS in this pose. Julia was yesterday afternoon’s teacher. Today was Maria. I think why Julia really kicks my ass in this pose is because she holds warrior for so long. Standing in warrior really tests my strength and endurance.

Trikanasana or Triangle Pose 8/10/10

Trikanasana or Triangle Pose 8/10/10

I’m confident with my Bikram Triangle pose – I’d just like to have more strength which I think will build over time especially with the changing of teachers.

Namaste.

Day 108 – Old Drinking Buddy

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Standing Bow Pulling Pose or Dandayamana-Dhanurasana 8/10/10

Standing Bow Pulling Pose or Dandayamana-Dhanurasana 8/10/10

I was stretching before class this morning, now that the 6:20s and 6:30s are getting popular in the morning (a trend I hope that doesn’t continue) I try to get there earlier, so I had an unusual 5 minutes to spare this morning, so I was stretching and looked up and saw an old drinking buddy from high school.  It made my day.

I actually just saw him on the Plaza the week before having lunch with his fiancee – who I didn’t much care for and he acted weird towards me.  But today he was just as he always was – and was not with her, which makes me think that she is the source of the weirdness he had towards me.  What a shame when you are marrying someone and they end up changing you.  I’ve seen it happened to a couple of high school buddies.

Usually seeing someone from high school makes me self-conscious and feel inferior – this is something I do to myself because of my current physical appearance – as I think I look like a chubster – especially since high school days – but with him, I wasn’t bothered.  Maybe because I have always thought of him as a happy and non-judgemental person.

I was sore and tired in class today and didn’t perform to the best of my abilities.  My right hamstring is exceptionally tight, so much so that I find that I cannot touch my forehead to the floor in Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose as I did on Monday and Tuesday!  Ridiculous!

Today’s pose is Standing Bow Pulling Pose or Dandayamana-Dhanurasana.  I am getting better at this one, but I am far behind on my right side compared to my left side.  I don’t know what it is about my right side, but I cannot seem to maintain balance and get my hips leveled.  BOO!

Namaste.