Posts Tagged ‘awkward poses’

Day 63 – Back In The Saddle

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Rabbit Pose 2/22/10

Rabbit Pose 2/22/10

Well, for those of you who are patient followers and are still subscribed to this blog, you will be happy to know that Oliver got adopted on Saturday by a lovely family with two girls.  Oliver needed a family, as he had a lot of energy and much love to give.

So with Oliver gone, my kitties are back and I am thrilled to have them home.  I am more thrilled that Oliver found a good home and that I do not have the stress of trying to find a place for him to live.

I went to the quick 1 hour class this morning.  I was excited to have that endorphin rush that I usually experience after yoga and just the feeling of sweating your ass off.

I actually didn’t sweat all that much, but did realize that my endurance had dropped slightly – as I got weak in half moon pose – but was able to hold it the entire time anyway.

Rabbit Pose 2/22/10

Rabbit Pose 2/22/10

My muscles seemed loser, so I was able to get into postures more than I have been able to before.

Lauren was the instructor today and she found fault in some of my postures – including one of the awkward postures – and I think had I done what she told me to do that I would have fallen over and hurt my knee – that I am still trying to repair.  If you’re a Bikram yoga instructor and are reading my blog, I’d appreciate it if you could look at my feet in this awkward posture and tell me what I am doing wrong.  My instructor today told me that I wasn’t putting enough weight on my big toe.  I think I am, but it just looks like I am not because of how my legs are.  I imagine that everyone’s feet look a little different in this posture depending on how your legs are and how the arches are in your feet, for example.

Rabbit Pose 1-8-2010

Rabbit Pose 1-8-2010

Today’s pose is the Rabbit.  I hate rabbit pose.  I’ve decided I am not going to try as hard in this pose any more because I think when I try hard in this pose I end up getting a neck cramp and start to freak out because I cannot breathe through my cleavage.  I’m also mildly irritated that I cannot keep my head on my knees like I did years and years ago.

Haven’t decided if I am going to go tomorrow and try to make 5 days this week or just 4.  Lisa, tomorrow’s instructor, is always pretty intense and I feel like I need a gradual re-introduction for my knee and my stress level.

Namaste.

Day 42 – Quick And Easy

Friday, March 5th, 2010
Awkward Postures 2nd Part

Awkward Postures 2nd Part

I used to really dislike Fridays because the instructor isn’t terribly knowledgable, although he has been teaching there for years, he just doesn’t go to any of the classes and only teaches the one class in the morning on Fridays.

But now I like it, as I tend to zone him out and end up being in my own little world.  And since it is a 60-minute class, it really flies by.  I also feel like I can try harder in the Bikram yoga postures because I know my energy will not run out, like it does in the 90-minute class.

Today’s photo is the 2nd part of the Awkward Poses.  I am not very good at this one because I cannot go very far down with my left knee.  So basically I’m the balls of my feet and my heels are perpendicular to the floor.  They are to remain perpendicular (I am wishing right now that the geometrical symbol for perpendicular was readily available and acknowledged because typing that word out every time is a pain in the arse), the entire posture.  If they do not, then you are not supposed to go any further.

Awkward Postures 2nd Part Side View

Awkward Postures 2nd Part Side View

The challenge going on in the studio is over tomorrow, which means I completed it.  I said I would go 4x a week for 6 weeks and that’s all done.  I wonder if I will win a prize, doubt it.  But if I do, I will surely let you guys know!

Is anyone out there?  Am I boring you?  Tell me what you want to know.  Give me something to write about.  You can leave a comment below or use the contact form to get in touch with me.

Awkward Pose 1/8/10

Awkward Pose 1/8/10

I have included a photo of my awkward posture 2nd part from 1/8/10.

Day 40 – Synchronicity

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
Awkward Postures First Step

Awkward Postures First Step

Whenever I hear that word, Synchronicity, it makes me think of the song, Synchronicity, by The Police.  If you haven’t heard it, you can listen to bits of it on Amazon.com for free by clicking on the earlier link.

There was a lady next to me, and a little behind me in class who did not have synchronicity with the rest of the class, which is always difficult for me to handle.  I find it distracting and disrupting to the energy of the class.

Now, Bill, for example, didn’t have the best synchronicity his first class, but that happens because of not knowing the postures.  This lady was just hurrying through the class, though, she was not new.  But, Lisa to the rescue!  Lisa (today’s instructor) is good about getting the class into sync when they have gotten out of it.  I used to think that the sync-ness of the room didn’t matter, but have (obviously) since changed my opinion.

She went right up to the lady that I was bothered by and showed her the right way to come in and out of the postures and asked her to slow down a bit to stay with the class, which, as you can imagine, I was thrilled with and quite grateful for.

Awkward Postures Step 1 2/22/10

Awkward Postures Step 1 2/22/10

Another thing I like about Lisa is the fact that she is a hands on instructor.  I am sure I have said this before, but when you are doing Bikram yoga poses, sometimes I little helping hand is always welcomed to get you deeper into the postures.

Today’s photos are are the Awkward Postures – the first part of a three part series.  My knee is getting better in these and therefore I feel like I am advancing slightly.

In this profile shot, basically my butt should be parallel to the ground and my hands parallel to my knees – like I am holding a box.  I’ve got a long ways to go!

Awkward Pose 1-8-10

Awkward Pose 1-8-10

Lisa also adjusts the class slightly and throws in a few more poses that we don’t normally do.  Sometimes this annoys me, because when I go to a 90-minute class, like today, I am able to do postures twice and get into them deeper.  But when the instructor starts messing around with the postures, then that screws up what I wanted to do.  I am trying to get better about being flexible with the postures changing, but I am definitely someone that paces myself when I am doing the Bikram yoga postures, so I like know what is coming next.  I think I like that because of my sports enduced ashtma.  I had an ashtma attack on a soccer field in high school, and I’d prefer never to run into that problem again.  Namaste.