Posts Tagged ‘camel pose’

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.


Day 95 – Are You There, God?

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Head to Knee Pose or Janushirasana 5-12-10

Head to Knee Pose or Janushirasana 5-12-10

Isn’t that the name of a movie?  I am too lazy to Google it right now to find out, but I think that it is and eventhough I haven’t watched the movie, I felt like I was asking that in Yoga class this morning – well, maybe not ASKING that but wondering things about life and what not.

Today’s instructor was Lauren and I remember vividly before the start of camel pose about something totally separate from Yoga and then Lauren saying, “alright, the next pose is camel pose.”  And I thought to myself, “seriously?  we’re already on freakin’ camel pose? how did we get here already?”  My mind had been somewhere else all morning – maybe all the things I want to do for my business but don’t have the money to do or all the things I want to get done…not really sure.  It was probably a combination of the two.

Today’s pose is Head to Knee Pose or Janushirasana.  I am getting worse at this one as my hamstrings and quads feel equally as tight, but maybe it’ll get better as the week progresses.  Namaste.

Day 93 – Substitute

Monday, July 26th, 2010
Ustrasana or Camel Pose 5-12-10

Ustrasana or Camel Pose 5-12-10

Barbara, the lady that usually checks people in on Tuesdays and Thursdays and who sometimes attends class was our instructor this morning.  She told me as I went into the room that she was nervous because she wasn’t used to the 60 minute classes – and I told her not to worry that someone would surely instruct her if she goofed!

Sure enough people did. 

There were also two new people today.  Which, of course, didn’t help matters.

Class went over by about 5 minutes and we ended up only doing one round of Rabbit pose.  Which really was fine.

When I was leaving the two newbies were out in the hallway talking to Barbara about Ustrasana or Camel Pose, which ironically is today’s pose.  They were saying how sick it made them and that they were concerned about that pose.

Ustrasana or Camel Pose 5-12-10

Ustrasana or Camel Pose 5-12-10

I remember when I first started doing Camel and thought that there was no way that I was doing the pose right because it made me so sick to my stomach.  But if you are a yogi, then you know that camel ends up cleansing your liver of toxins, so that’s why it makes you sick feeling.  I still can get a 1-2 second bit of sick feeling from it, but that’s about all.

Although Barbara held postures for way too long, she did give us 30-45 seconds in savasana, which I always welcome.  I really do enjoy longer savasanas, so that I can think about my pose longer.  Unfortunately, though, that’s why we ended up going over by 5 minutes – and that doesn’t include the final savasana – so if you count that then we went over by 10 minutes.  I am sure the folks that had to get to work on time were a little pissy.  I tried to relax and enjoy my yoga session and not take on the stress by putting myself in their shoes.  I don’t know if that is selfish or not.


Day 90 – $%*&ing Headache

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Bow Pose or Dhanurasana

Bow Pose or Dhanurasana

Today was a 90 minute class and I always get worried about those because for some reason – it doesn’t matter what I ate or drank the night before or even if I had a few beers or not, I always get a headache in the 90 minute classes which then stays with me all day long.  LOVELY.

So I was in Rabbit pose when I got my headache – and it usually creeps in right about then.  I have a major writing deadline on the 15th – so to have a headache is not a fun thing to deal with.

Today’s pose is Bow Pose or Dhanurasana.  This one is still hurting me because of my knee.  I have decided to push my knees a little bit more as I am sick of them hurting and not being able to get in the postures – now that I know it is just a bruise type of a situation and I haven’t pulled anything, then I don’t see why I shouldn’t push it a bit.  Especially because if I take an anti-inflamatory, my stomach hurts so bad that I am rolling around on the ground.  So I guess it is time to let Mother Nature take it’s course and get my knees right!  The photo below makes me want to break out in song, “I like big butts and I cannot lie…”

Bow Pose or Dhanurasana

Bow Pose or Dhanurasana

Maria was today’s instructor and she said something that sorta stuck with me through class but that I have been thinking about the rest of the day.  We were in camel pose and she mentioned how camel is difficult for a lot of folks because it makes our chests be exposed and totally open.  And when our chests are exposed and totally open, we might be vulnerable to our emotions that we have kept in check.  And if you think about it, when you are sad or crying, you are usually hunched over – not with a big open chest, ready to face the world.  It was something interesting to ponder and I wonder if how you hold yourself physically on a daily basis had any merit to how you wear your emotions.

Day 61 – Quick As Usual

Friday, April 9th, 2010
Camel Pose 2/22/10

Camel Pose 2/22/10

Well, I didn’t hit my 5 days of yoga a week in April.  Failed in the first week, which is sorta pathetic. 

My knee and hamstring were really hurting this week, so I decided not to push them any further. 

I am pretty sure I will not meet the 5 days of yoga this week either because I have brought in a stray cat to my home, and I might be driving him to Colorado later this week – which is a 12+ hour drive – as he might have found a home through Facebook.  His name is Oliver and he is sooo cool.  I hope I can solidify where he is going soon because I want to get him out of my bathroom, as I feel bad that he is stuck in there…but the vet said it takes 2 weeks for his ringworm test to come back, so I want to make sure that is clean before I expose my kitties to it.

Camel Pose 2/22/10

Camel Pose 2/22/10

Today’s pose is the Camel Pose.  The only true advancement I have done in Camel is the fact that I rarely get dizzy or light headed in this posture anymore – which is fantastic.  This one does hurt my knee a little bit, especially if I try to get deeper into it.  But if I stay sort of neutral, then it is not a problem.

The studio just did their spring cleaning, which involves asking students to take home their yoga mats, so they can figure out which mats they can clean out – as they aren’t claimed.  They then wash those mats and sell them for just $5/each – which makes for some cheap yoga mats.  Do your studios do that?  I would buy one, but I already have 4 mats – and one I got for just $5 a few years ago.  It is Easter yellow – I use it all the time.

Camel 1/8/2010

Camel 1/8/2010

Class was short and quick because Aaron was teaching it again, and he doesn’t keep my attention very well.  He has such a different pace in class and when he says, “last effort” he makes that last effort last many more seconds than other instructors, so I am always feeling a little off in his class.  Namaste.

Day 50 – Yeah Flexibility!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Bikram Triangle Pose 2/22/10

Bikram Triangle Pose 2/22/10

I was hoping that once I got back to Yoga that my flexibility would get better.  If anyone knows why when you take a long break from yoga that you all of a sudden seem to have more flexibility and are not as stiff, I would appreciate the knowledge and understanding.

Although I got back from Arkansas on Monday evening, I just couldn’t get out of bed yesterday morning to get to Yoga class.  I think when you end up having so much to catch up on, it is exhausting.  I also had a really nice vacation and wasn’t terribly excited about getting back into the swing of things.  I guess I would have liked a longer vacation.  Although I did miss my cats, so I was excited to see them again.

Triangle Pose Other Way 2/22/10

Triangle Pose Other Way 2/22/10

Because of cramped car rides while in Arkansas, my knee is hurting more than it has been.  I am sure I have torn something, but am hesitant to go to the doctor still…since I have had such a time with health insurance.  So today’s posture, the Bikram Triangle is not my friend when I have to bend my left knee.

Once I am in the position it seems to be fine.  It’s just a matter of getting into the position. 

Bikram Triangle Pose 1/8/10

Bikram Triangle Pose 1/8/10

I don’t know why it is taking me so long to get to writing these posts.  Unfortunately, I do not have a computer in my brain because in class, I think of all these things I want to blog about and then I forget to include more than half of them when I actually get to the point where I can sit down and type.

Looking again at the title of this post, I really did feel lighter today with the renewed flexibility.   I hope I don’t lose that.  I did notice that I got that naseous (sp!) feeling in the camel pose again today.  So it is obvious that consistent yoga does keep the toxins out.  I would have to confirm that more by the fact that (knock on wood) I have not been sick this winter!  Which is well deserving because my Graves Disease lowered my white blood cell count for 8 years, and it seemed like I would catch every single cold.  But now that my immune system is back in action, no sicknesses!!


Day 29 – Stiff

Monday, February 15th, 2010
Camel Pose

Camel Pose

Man!  I can definitely tell when I have taken a few days off of yoga.  I was really out of it today and not as limber as I will probably be tomorrow.

Today’s pose is Camel Pose (Ustrasana).  Camel Pose and I have a love/hate relationship.  Since Camel is only one of two back bending postures (the other, of course, is the half moon series) in the series of Bikram yoga postures, it is always a challenge.

The Camel Pose really targets cleansing of your liver.  Sometimes that flushing sensation of cleansing your liver, ends up making you nauseous or a little lite headed.  It just means that you are getting rid of toxins and it is best to stay in the pose.  I suppose that’s why I have a hate relationship with it, because I hate that feeling, but I do feel refreshed when it is over with.

Below I have included a list of the 26 Bikram yoga poses.  I only have 4 more postures to go until you get new postures!  Namaste.

26 Bikram Yoga Poses

1. Pranayama Series (Standing Deep Breathing Pose)
2. Ardha-Chandrasana and Pada-Hastasana (Half Moon Pose and hands to Feet)
3. Utkatasana (Awkward Pose)
4. Garurasana (Eagle Pose)
5. Dandayamana-Janushirasana (Standing Head to Knee Pose)
6. Dandayamana-Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pulling Pose)
7. Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose)
8. Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose)
9. Trikanasana (Triangle Pose)
10. Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana (Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose )
11. Tadasana (Tree Pose)
12. Padangustasana (Toe Stand Pose)
13. Savasana (Dead Body Pose)
14. Pavanamuktasana (Wind Removing Pose)
15. Sit-up
16. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
17. Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
18. Poorna-Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)
19. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
20. Supta-Vajrasana (Fixed Firm Pose)
21. Ardha-Kurmasana (Half Tortoise Pose)
22. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
23. Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)
24. Janushirasana with Paschimotthanasana (Head to Knee Pose)
25. Ardha-Matsyendrasana (Spine Twisting Pose)
26. Khapalbhati (Blowing in Firm Pose)