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Day 78 – Serious Soreness

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Standing Head to Knee Pose 5/12/10

Standing Head to Knee Pose 5/12/10

Next time I think it is a good idea to go for a run for the first time in a year, I might have to think again.  Jesus Christ, I am sore.  SORE!  I hate when people talk about being sore, so I shouldn’t be doing it….but, I am SORE.

Today’s pose is Standing Head to Knee Pose or Dandayamana-Janushirasana, now say that three times fast.  Sorry, maybe I shouldn’t make fun of that.  But I was just saying it slowly in my head and the next thought was, “say that three times fast.”

I’ve progressed in this one quite a bit since my first attempt on 1/8/10, but I am not able to hold it for very long, so I still have a lot of advancement to do and I think I will get there.

Today’s teacher was Maria and I’ve decided why her 60-minute classes don’t go as fast.  She nervously talks the whole time.  By “nervously” I mean that she gives me anxiety with her crescendos towards the end of poses. 

Standing Head to Knee Pose 5/12/10

Standing Head to Knee Pose 5/12/10

I tried to remember an example of what she did today – it was something like, “one of the benefits ofthispostureisthatitreleasestoxins.”  She just doesn’t judge her endings right and ends up having these long sentences before releasing a posture.  I do like her though.  So I am wondering how I can overcome my feelings of uneasiness with the crescendo effect.  Ideas welcome.

Tomorrow is a 90-minute class followed by lots of writing for me!  I am totally far behind!  Don’t tell the people I write for!  Namaste.

Day 65 – Life Happens

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Stretching Pose 2/22/10

Stretching Pose 2/22/10

Well, I just checked to see how many of you are actually still reading my Yoga blog which has become totally lame – and for that I am sorry.

There’s 9 of you left.  I had 22 before all this stray cat and sick business.  Oh well.  I can understand how people might think I am a total lame ass and gave up.  I assure you, though, I did not.  God bless you loyal followers – you’re either lazy about unsubscribing or are true fans.

I wanted to return to yoga on Monday, but had a horrible sinus headache and then thought that a 90 minute class on Tuesday would be too much.  So I waited for the Wednesday morning 60 minute at 6:20 am.  I think I made a good choice because today’s class kicked my ass…well, of course it did because I am still not 100% and because my lard ass hasn’t been to yoga.

Stretching Pose 2/22/10

Stretching Pose 2/22/10

And let me tell you about my lard ass – I have been craving to feel good and to be able to sweat.  I tried to over the weekend, but everytime I raised my heart rate I got dizzy and lightheaded and had to sit down!  Not cool.  Physical weakness is not something I enjoy!

Today’s pose is Stretching Pose.  In the photo directly above, you can tell that I cannot touch my toes with my forehead.  This is something I used to be able to do and hope to do again someday.  I wonder if it is a flexibility issue or a my-fat-belly-is-in-the-way problem.

Stretching Pose 1/8/10

Stretching Pose 1/8/10

Since daylight savings has begun, the morning instructors think it’s cool to turn off the overhead lights and do the class in the dark – or from the light of the windows.  NOT COOL.  Lights off to me = time to sleep!  I am okay if they turn off the lights in spine twisting pose or something like that, but PEOPLE!! not when I’m in the middle of camel

So there’s only a few more photos until I need a new set.  Get excited.  However, the advancement will not be as exciting.  Boo.  Namaste.

Day 55 – Yucky

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Wind Removing Pose Right Leg 2/22/10

Wind Removing Pose Right Leg 2/22/10

I wasn’t feeling smokin’ hot this morning in class.  Gas again.  Goddamn gas.  It really has to do with what I ate – I know – SHOCKER.  I take a class on Tuesday nights, so I ended up having some pasta and breadsticks that they had to eat.  Big mistake.  Bad idea.

So my genius ass got out of order on the poses again.  I should have done the wind removing pose (pavanamuktasana) after the tree pose.  Whoops.

Wind Removing Pose 1/8/2010

Wind Removing Pose 1/8/2010

So as we go backwards, here’s me in the wind removing pose – there’s really no reason to show the left leg, as it looks pretty similar, i.e. not pretty.

Not sure on the progress on this one.  My leg that is extended should have a flexed foot – foot flexed up – not pointing out as it is.  I do feel like my knee is getting closer to my shoulder.  The back of my neck, though, is not touching the floor – but I know it can!  I have gotten that far before.

I’m tired.  It’s late.  I’ve gotta get up at 6am.  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.

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 26 – Gas-ey

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I really have no idea how to spell, “Gas-ey”, but eating Chili last night for dinner wasn’t the wisest choice I have made in a long time.  Thank god there were no loud explosions.  Actually, I don’t think that has ever happened to me in Yoga class and the only one I can really remember is one time at a restaurant in Albuquerque – it was like a bomb.  Bad news bears.

Bow Pose

Bow Pose

Today’s pose is Bow Pose or Dhanurasana.  I am not an expert at this pose.  Believe me you.  My knees and thighs should be off the ground and shoudl be closer together.  Today’s instructor, Lisa, decided that she would help me in this pose.  That entails her lifting up by holding onto my wrists.  Well, I wasn’t too confident about staying in the pose and consequently lost the grip of my left foot and kicked her right in the boob.  NIOOOCE!  Ways to feel like a jackass, first step.

Until tomorrow.  Namaste.

Day 24 – Pain

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I didn’t write yesterday because I didn’t go to class yesterday.  On Wednesday night I fell down the last three stairs of my front stairs and nailed my hip on the edge of the stair – and now have a big welt from that. Of course, at the same time I twisted my knee a bit.  So yesterday I was in a lot of pain in my knee.  So I chose to stay home and take care of my knee with ice and meds.  And to be quite honest, I am not sure if I should have gone today.  I have taken acetaminophen and am icing my knee as I type!  I am not a fan of taking drugs, but I needed something to take down the inflammation.

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Today’s pose is the Locust Pose.  I only have photos of me picking up either leg.  The full posture involves picking up both your legs from the ground.  However, when these photos were taken, I could not pick up both legs, so it didn’t seem worth it.  Now I sort of wish that I would have just had Bill take a photo,  so that the progression would be more dramatic.  However, this is what I have for now.  Basically, you put your hand and arms underneath you, so that your palms are facing down on the ground.  Ideally, your elbows should be touching, but of course, mine are not! Yet!

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

I was debating whether or not to go to class tomorrow, but think it better that I don’t.  In the beginning breathing poses, I could feel my knee aching, which wasn’t cool!  you don’t even bend your knee in that pose!  I hope everyone has a good weekend!  Namaste!

Day 22 – Pop, Pop, Pop

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

I was in this position (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose) today and I hear a “Pop, Pop, Pop”.  It totally freaked me out.  And no, it was not just my joints popping.  It was a MUSCLE.  That has never ever happened to me.  Scared the shit out of me.

So I am not sure what I did, but I took it easy on that muscle for the rest of class.  The pop, pop, pop came from the area that attaches your leg to your bum. 

It is still sore and I really hope it is okay.

I think one of the reasons that it popped is because I ended up going to the 9:00am class today, as I just couldn’t do it at 6:30am this morning.  I didn’t have the energy.  When I feel like I am going to be burning out my adrenal glands, I need to back off, as I fear reoccurance with my thyroid disease…

It is funny about the 9am class is that it is mostly female, whereas the 6:30am is mostly male.  I suppose more women are home during the day and can make a 9am class. 

I did enjoy class at this later time because I felt more flexible and skinnier.  Go figure.  That could have to do with the fact that last week I was on the rag and this week, I am not, so I don’t have that overwhelming bloating.  But, feeling more flexible could have been the reason why I had the pop-pop-pop thing happen.

Wind Removing Pose

Wind Removing Pose

Today’s photo is another step in the Wind Removing Pose of the Bikram yoga postures. 

The idea on this one is to have the back of my neck flat to the ground and my heels should be on my bum!  I’ve got a ways to go with this one.

Tomorrow is Wednesday – cannot believe the week is almost half over and am looking forward to a shorter class!

Day 20 – Bye Bye January

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I walked into class today and I don’t know what it was about today’s class, but it was PACKED.  Pretty strange when I think about yesterday’s class was only 4 people other than me.  I’d say there were at least 20 folks in there today.  It really is random how it is sometimes packed and sometimes not.  I prefer the smaller classes, as you know if you read this blog.

Nonetheless, I was able to snag a spot in the front of the room, which was lucky, considering the amount of people in the class and me being late.  I guess I could be on time if i wanted to get up at 5:45am, but anything before 6am, is just simply brutal and more torture than I am willing to put myself through right now.  Hell, 6am 5 days a week is rough as it is.

Tree Pose

Tree Pose

This is the Tree Pose.  NOT A FAN.  This is definitely one of the hardest bikram yoga postures for me.  Instructors do offer different yoga positions that are alternatives to this one, but I’ve gotta master this puppy before I can move onto another one.  Look at the seriousness on my face.  I seriously put too much effort into this pose.  Maybe if I relaxed I would just get it!

So the idea is that your heel digs into the area that your leg meets with your pelvic area (mine barely gets up that far).  And you want both hands in front of your chest in prayer position.  Also,  you are NOT supposed to use a towel like I am to hold your freakin’ foot up.  But, my foot falls out of my hand (because of sweat), so I can never get it.  SO FREAKING ANNOYING.  Also, my two knees are supposed to be parallel to one another, but they’re not.  You cannot really tell that in the photo, but they aren’t!  I guess if you have problems really getting into this position then you have tight hips.  Who knew.  Wait a good 6 months for progression on this one, it’ll be awhile, friends.

Well, it’s Friday, so I have two days of rest.  Hallelujah.  This is also January 29th, so that means the 31st is on a Sunday, so Monday is February.  It’s crazy to think that one month is up!  I’ll give myself a pat on the back for making it.  I really only pussied out of one class on January 8.  That’s not a terrible track record.  So I made 18 classes this month.  Good job, Fatty, gotta ways to go!

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