Posts Tagged ‘awkward pose’

Day 105 – Quickie

Friday, September 17th, 2010
Awkward Pose or Utkatasana

Awkward Pose or Utkatasana 8/10/10

As I suspected this morning’s class was a quickie, but man, I tell you, the Bikram triangle pose lasted forever and a day.  My legs are sore!

So although I enjoyed  a bowl of Jenny’s Dad’s Turkey Chili last night, I was not enjoying it so much this morning.  There is nothing more miserable than holding in a fart, but at the same time, I don’t want to make people miserable.  So I held it and let off the atomic bomb in my car later.

Although, I have to admit that my gas is 10x better since I have been consistently drinking Shakeology® and honestly it wasn’t that bad compared to episodes in months past – like the beginning of 2010.

It’s past 5pm on Friday night and I don’t have half the editing I need to get done on some blog posts, so, my friends, I am going to keep this one short and sweet.

Today’s pose is the 3rd round of Awkward Pose or Utkatasana – still suck at it.  Gotta love my knees!  I do think this pose looks like I am holding my bladder, so it always makes me giggle a little when I look at the photos of me doing this pose.


Day 104 – Of Course…

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Awkward Pose or Utkatasana

Awkward Pose or Utkatasana 8/10/10

Of course, the Russian teacher was the instructor tonight.  Ah, don’t you just love Murphy’s Law?  But, thank goodness that she didn’t bring it up…

I am eating a fabulous bowl of chili – got this recipe last year when I was watching an episode of Good Morning America or one of those.  If you like Chili, then you might want to try it out – talk about easy and fabulous – Jenny’s Dad’s Turkey Chili.

Class today was all women.  Of course, Shagane pointed that out and therefore the rest of the class she brought up the benefits of certain postures we were doing especially for women.  It was interesting.

Today’s posture is part 2 of Awkward Pose or Utkatasana.  Still suck at it, knees still hurt.  Trying my damnest to maintain a positive outlook while in this posture.

I am unsure why, but these 6:30pm classes haven’t been as busy as they were in the Spring.  I wish the studio would let me know what the trends are.  In other words, I think people are getting ready for bikinis in the Spring, so they are busier, whereas in the Fall, it doesn’t matter because they can wear other forms of clothing.  It’s interesting.  I’m going to try and make the 6:20am class tomorrow as I will look forward to a short class.  I really, really wish the 60 minutes were offered more than 3x a week. 

I am a little fearful of my energy level as well as my hydration level since it will be only 10 hours between classes, but we’ll see how it goes.  Namaste.

Day 103 – What’s Inconsiderate When It Comes To Yoga?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Awkward Pose or Utkatasana 8/10/10

Awkward Pose or Utkatasana 8/10/10

Thank god I have this blog, I just got home from Yoga and tried to vent this to my boyfriend (who lives with me), but instead, every pause I took, he looked back at his book.  So I gave up in the middle of the conversation and just walked away and he goes, “What, Jenny?”  It’s funny that he’s been told time and time again (can we say therapy?) that women need a release, need to be able to vent, so they can clear their minds, but it doesn’t matter.  It’s football season and enter selfish Bill.  If Bill and I ever break up, I don’t think I will ever date someone remotely interested in football, I have come to hate the selfishness it creates so much that I debate breaking up as I cannot imagine this seasonal routine the rest of my life.

The reason I wanted to know, “What’s Inconsiderate When It Comes To Yoga?”

Tonight I went to the 6:30pm class.  I arrived after a meeting at 6pm.  I rushed to get over there, so I could get one of the coveted spots in the front of the class.  By the time 6:15 rolled around, no one  had gone int o the yoga room because the students from the 4:30pm class were still in savasana.

The Russian teacher that I have spoken about before in this blog took the class (as a student) and was still in savasana at 6:22pm when 3 of us finally entered the room to set up our postures and do some beginning stretching. 

I knew the teacher teaching, so I leaned over to her and go, “Hey, is there a regular that likes this spot? (I always like to be on the right hand side of the room, right in front of the mirror – but can handle the left hand side if I am taking over someone’s spot)”  And shes goes, “I don’t think so.”  And I said, “Okay, well, I can move if need be to the other side.”

Then all of a suddent I hear the Russian teacher announce to the guy next to her that she was rudely awakened from her savasana.  This teacher is one of those people that is funny when she is making fun of someone else, but not someone who is funny when she is making fun of you.  Likewise, she teaches high school students and tends to honor the immaturity they bring.  

So the guy goes, “Well, I hope it wasn’t me.”  And she goes, “No, you weren’t the one rudely talking.”  An adult and proper thing to do would be to have said, “No.”  Then come over to me in a lower tone and said that it is rude to talk when someone is in savasana.  Of course, I thought it was rude that she was still in savasana after class had been over for 22 minutes.  I mean, when you go to the 4:30pm class, I think you have to keep in mind that the 6:30pm starts 30 minutes after yours ends and therefore your savasana cannot last as long.

The other ironic thing is that my talking had to do with me trying to be considerate. 

Nonetheless, I said, “Sorry about that!  You live and you learn.”  She said something under her breath in her true character’s fashion and left the room.  Nothing like starting class off on the wrong foot – and of course, the rest of class I questioned myself and whether or not I was being inconsiderate.  In all honesty, it was ignorance.  I really didn’t think that I would bug her and had no intentions of bugging her and as an instructor there, she should know how to talk to students to be appropriate.

After 90 minutes of yoga, I decided that based on what I have seen out of her time and time again, that I was in the right.  I have truly never liked her, although I have tried.  So no shocker there.

Today’s posture is Awkward Pose or Utkatasana.  I suck at this posture over and over again because my knees suck and hurt.


Day 75 -Tight

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Awkward Pose 5/12/10

Awkward Pose 5/12/10

I think when I go to a 90 minute class the day before a 60 minute class, I am always tighter.  I need to make a big effort to go to Monday morning 6:20am, so that I can test this theory.  As I plan on going to tomorrow morning’s 90, which is followed by Friday morning’s 60 min.

Today’s instructor as well as tomorrow’s instructor is Maria.  I really like her as I think that she really enjoys what she is doing, but I am debating whether or not to ask her not to have her voice be so rushed sounding.  When we are 15 seconds from getting out of the posture, she has a crescendo that really makes a lot of people fall out of the Bikram yoga postures. 

Awkward Pose 5/12/10

Awkward Pose 5/12/10

I don’t know if I am totally right in my thinking, so I will have to keep paying attention to it.  Sorta stresses me out too when she does that.  I think she is trying to get us to bust our butts more, but I think it is backfiring.

Today’s posture is the second portion of the awkward posture series.  I have not advanced in this one and it’s because my knee hurts like hell if I go past a certain point, so I don’t.

Also, I have been asked to put more weight on my big toes – and from the looks of the photo to the right, it does appear that there is a lot of weight on my outside toes – but I assure you, that’s not where I feel it.  I also think there is something to how your feet are connected to your legs and how they would be aligned based on that in this posture.  Does that make sense?


Day 74 – Long But Good

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Awkward Postures 5/12/10

Awkward Postures 5/12/10

I had too much to drink on Sunday night, so I didn’t get up and go to class on Monday morning and then I thought that I would go to afternoon class, but this is the last week before the end of the month and I’ve got to turn in a spreasheet to get paid.

We are again having a  garage sale (don’t ask why…), so I am trying to finish all my writing by Thursday evening so that I can go over and enjoy the sale with my mom and my aunt.  I know most people don’t enjoy garage sales, but I do when people are there because I love to people watch (as you might have noticed while reading this blog).

Today’s posture is the first part of the awkward pose.  It is interesting because the front on view doesn’t look too bad, but the profile view – which is usually better in most cases makes me look really large and in charge. 

Awkward Posture 5/12/10

Awkward Posture 5/12/10

Lisa taught today’s class and as usual, I appreciated the help she gave me in a couple of postures, namely, the locust pose.  She made me look a lot better in it!  I got my legs up to 90 degrees of my head.

There was a guy from India in the class today and he kicks ass at all the postures.  If you have ever had a glance through Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class, then you know how advanced some of those folks are in there.  I would venture to guess that he is even more advanced.  It is nice to have him in the class because I can get a feeling of where I need to be headed in a few of the postures.  I haven’t seen him in class for over a year though, so I am not sure if I will see him again for awhile.

There were about 20 people in class this morning.  I could have done with less…but still not as bad as afternoon classes.  Namaste.

Day 9 – Worried

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I’m wondering if I will get to the point where I run out of words to describe my yoga session, like the title, “Day 9 – Worried”.  Yesterday‘s was “crowded”. 

I made the huge mistake of checking my e-mail on my iPhone this morning before getting out of bed.  I always get up at 6am to get to these classes on time.  The Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes start at 6:20am, so I am usually running around like a crazy woman to get there on time, whereas the Tuesday and Thursday classes start at 6:30am.  So I have an additional 10 minutes in bed. 

I am really into Ragdoll cats.  I have two.  I just lost my 19-year old Ragdoll, Rags, in March 2009.  So I have a website about Ragdoll cats and I also particpate in a number of discussion boards.  Well, it so happens, that one of the people on the board mentioned how her cat has HCM and her cat is related to one of my cats (like 1/4 related), and another breeder mentioned how I should ask for gene testing and all this stuff.  Not only does it worry me to lose my cat, but also to have yet another problem to worry about.  I just got over Graves Disease and lost a lot of good people in my life last year to death, so I am ready to have a good year and don’t need something like that to slow me down.

So, unfortunately, as a result I had an icky feeling in my stomach the entirety of the yoga practice.  I was so wishing today was 60 minutes, but sure enough it was 90 minutes. 

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

I was a mess – unbalanced, annoyed, figidity, anxious.  It was not a good day for yoga, my friends.  Also, I am beginning to wonder if 5 times a week is too much.  Input please.  The reaosn being is that I seem to be tighter in my postures, rather than more limber.  I look forward to Monday to see if the two days of rest will yield results.  Of course, though, tomorrow is Friday, so I will need to get through that first!

Today’s photo is of the Awkward Pose.  And boy oh boy, do I look awkward!!  I did something to my left knee over Thanksgiving break, and it hasn’t completely healed, so I am not able to get as deep into the pose, as I would like.  You should see major invancement in this pose in the coming months.  At least I hope so.  Hasta mañana.