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Day 19 – Cramping

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Ah, those of you that are innocent and thinking that my muscles were cramping because of yoga, would definitely be wrong. Nope. Got my period yesterday and ever since I went off of birth control (per recommendation of holistic practitioners that I went to for my Graves’ disease suggested I get off birth control to see if there was any improvement in my hormone levels. Sure enough, not more than a year later, my blood work was back to normal and I was taken off my medication), my cramps have returned.

I am happy to deal with the cramps because they feel better than the years of medication, crazy depression, crazy weight gain, crazy cravings will ever feel. If you are a female, then you know how cramps can be. They can make you have diarrhea, feel like you’re going to have it  or just want to fold over and not address the world. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through some of the Bikram yoga poses today with that whole thing going on.  It was weird though, class sort of flew by because I think I was really concentrating on my breathing (much like they suggest you do in labor) to avoid the pain going down in my lower gut.

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Today’s photo is the standing separate leg head to knee pose. This pose, ironically, is great for our thyroid. The funny thing is, when I used to tell yoga people that I used to have a thyroid disease, they will ask me if this pose is good for me. It was not when I was being medicated. It is probably a great pose for people that are hypothyroid (aren’t producing enough thyroid hormone), but it wasn’t for me because I was producing too much). Not sure if that makes sense, but now I feel like this pose helps me to repair my thyroid that has been bruised and battered. In this pose, you are supposed to keep your forehead in constant contact with your knee. And in the final advancement of the pose, you are to keep your hands in prayer position in front of your front extended foot with both knees locked out. My legs aren’t steady enough for me to have my hands in prayer in front of my foot, so I am still working on getting there – but the second photo shows how I am almost there. Just to give you an idea.

Tomorrow is the last day before January is over for Yoga2010!  Cool beans.

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