Posts Tagged ‘half moon series’

Day 88 – So Much For A Good Start

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Locust Pose or Salabhasana

Locust Pose or Salabhasana 5/12/10

Well, today marks 6 months into this thing and I wouldn’t say I am doing that great of a job.  Damnit.

The teacher this morning was not Maria – which means Maria was probably on vacation – at least I hope that’s the case.

It was another girl and I don’t know her name.  Her voice was a little on the squeaky mouse side of things, but I eventually got used to it and by the end of class I liked it.

Of course, I liked it too because she walked around the class and corrected people’s postures that they were doing incorrectly and I really like that as sometimes it pains me to see people doing the postures wrong. 

I am by no means a posture expert, but really, some folks do the half moon series, for example, totally wrong and I wonder if they have lower back pain the next day.

Locust Pose 5-12-10

Locust Pose 5-12-10

Today’s pose is Locust Pose or Salabhasana.  I am doing better with this one, although these photos seem to be no reflection of the advancements that I have made in this pose – maybe one of these days I will be able to show the advancement I have made.  Of course, my pant legs that are hanging down don’t really show how far off the ground my knees are either!

I’m headed to the lake – so Happy Fourth to everyone!

Namaste.

Day 39 – Tight

Monday, March 1st, 2010
Hands to Feet Pose 2/22/10

Hands to Feet Pose 2/22/10

So I was in the middle of class this morning and realized that  I shouldn’t post late on Saturday nights because I said that the Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose was the final pose in Bikram yoga postures’ half moon series.  Wow.  That was inaccurate.  So I then threw around ideas of how I would correct that in the blog.  And I finally decided I would just continue on, offering the final posture in the half moon series today instead and maybe I will skip Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose when it comes up.

So today’s pose is hands to feet pose.  Unfortunately, I haven’t advanced much in this pose either due to the “Pop, pop, pop” episode as well.  I also find it difficult to get my forehead touching my knees or shins in this posture, as the instructor often tells us to do.  Well, actually, I have only heard that out of a male instructor and I think the reason for that is that he doesn’t have boobs.  There just isn’t a way to get your forehead to your knees or shins when you have boobs, unless you don’t want to advance in the posture.

Hands to Feet Pose 1/8/10

Hands to Feet Pose 1/8/10

Today in class we were doing the final breathing and in between the first and second set, Steve mentioned something about avoiding “wind stitches”.  I was perplexed and wondered if I heard him right.  But, I caught him after class, and sure enough, it is “wind stitches” – so how many of you know what those are?  He sort of explained them, but it was more visual, so I’m not able to repeat it here, so Google to the rescue.  OMG.  Google doesn’t have anything!  WOW.  Well, anyway, it was similar to little cramps that run horizontally across your tummy.  Not sure if that makes sense.

Day 38 – Afternoon Class

Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

It’s late on Saturday night, but I have been meaning to post about yesterday’s class and simply haven’t gotten around to it.  Bill wanted to go to class again with me, so we went to the 5:45pm class that is offered only on Fridays…usually it is a 6:30pm class.

Charlie and Standing Separate Leg Streching Pose

Charlie and Standing Separate Leg Streching Pose

Although I want to support Bill and his schedule (he is a teacher and likes to be at work at 7am and doesn’t get off until about 4pm, so he cannot go to morning classes with me), I just don’t think I can handle the huge classes.  I think there were over 40 people in the class.

I have a big problem with noises and smells and when you add more people the more noises and smells there are.  Now I understand that the point of yoga is to calm down and not pay attention to the things going on in the room…but I haven’t gotten there yet!

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose on 1/8/10

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose on 1/8/10

Today’s pose is the final one of the Bikram yoga postures’ half moon series.  This one makes me depressed looking at it, because if you’ve been reading the blog for some time, then you will remember the post I did about the “Pop, pop, pop“.  That’s what happened to my hamstring in this pose and mostly because I was doing what I am doing in these photos!  I wasn’t flexing my quads and was hyper-extending my knees.  But I am better about it in class than I am in the photos, promise.  (BTW, please ignore the awesome bologna spot appearing under my left arm in this posture when I did it on 2/22.  That’s hot.)

Standing Separate Leg Streching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Streching Pose on 1/8/10

So, I have not advanced very far in this posture because of the injury to my hamstring which totally sucks.  I really like this posture too, and have enjoyed advancing in it, but now I find myself struggling to find the patience that I don’t have when I want advancement.  I do believe everything happens in the time and manner it is supposed to, so maybe the universe gave me this injury because I needed a lesson in patience!

Namaste.