Posts Tagged ‘standing head to knee’

Day 46 – Gassy

Friday, March 12th, 2010
Standing Head to Knee 2-22-10

Standing Head to Knee 2-22-10

Okay, so maybe one of the benefits of evening yoga is that you aren’t as gassy as you are in the morning.  I’ve actually had weird digestive problems ever since I started doing Yoga regularly, which makes me wonder if I possibly am working things out.  Anyway, I had a lot of veggies for dinner last night and it was BRUTAL trying to make sure I didn’t embarass myself today by letting out any gas.  I know it might be gross to talk about, but seriously it was my focus of concentration today. 

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Today’s instructor was Aaron, who I usually tune out because he is so out of touch with practice, especially on how long to hold postures and some of the final breathing.  The final breathing actually takes a lot of practice with your diaphragm and this guy doesn’t have the practice so the final breathing that is faster gets all jacked up.

Today’s pose is Standing Head to Knee pose.  I am getting better at this one, but I usually only kick my foot out in the 90 minute classes because there are two rounds of the posture in that class, and I prefer not to hurt myself the other way.  This is one posture that I really hope to master come December.  I really like this posture.  It takes an incredible amount of endurance and strength and reminds me of Field Hockey in a way.  I think because of the strength and endurance that you have to have.  Oh, yes, many of you don’t know that Field Hockey is my favorite sport and I only wish that it was played here more consistently.

Standing Head to Knee Pose 2-22-10

Standing Head to Knee Pose 2-22-10

Here’s the side view.  I know that bologna spot is hot.  Stop.  I love how I don’t think that my knees are hyper-extending, but it is clear that it is here in this profile shot.

Oh, I forgot to mention the other day in the 4:30pm class there was this really hot yoga girl.  What makes for a hot yoga girl?  Well, for me, they are super toned, gorgeous in appearance (in the sense that they seem real and beautiful at the same time) and totally into their practice.  I was in awe.  Some day, my friends, some day.

I wanted to get recommendations from you all for yoga pants or tops that you like.  I don’t think I will bust out the tops any time soon, but I could probably use some new pants.  Oh, BTW,  one of my biggest fears is that my pants are going to split (the seam is right along my ass crack) and since I don’t wear underwear (gross maybe, but I wear the pants for 1-2 hours and then wash them immediately so no biggie) it would be REALLY embarassing.  It cannot happen!

I’ll leave you with the photo from 1-8-10.  Namaste.

Standing Head to Knee Pose 1-8-10

Standing Head to Knee Pose 1-8-10

Day 14 – Poop

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

That’s right.  First time ever in my Yoga practice that I had to poop!  I know it’s not something we typically talk about, but for me it is really nice because I have had problems with constipation on and off in the last few months.

Of course since I have an issue with going to the bathroom in public and because I didn’t want to leave class, I decided to hold it through class and sure enough when I got home, I was ready to go.

I have had this urge to take a dump when I have been running a lot and have even managed to go in my pants a few times before I was able to make it home to the toilet.  However, never ever in Yoga and it was sort of exciting as I thought it was a sign that my digestion was working ok.

Standing Head to Knee

Standing Head to Knee

I had the pleasure of being next to the SMELLY guy again, which means his pants were the ones from yesterday.  It’s my fault this time because I walked in during the first posture (was a little delayed at home this morning).

PHOTO TIME!  Here is another example of a pose that I used to be a lot better at and now I am not.  The first couple of classes that I took I couldn’t even get this far into the pose.  When I first starting taking yoga, I remember them saying that you shouldn’t hold below the ball of your foot unless you can keep the standing straight and solid for 60 seconds. 

Standing Head to Knee

Standing Head to Knee

No doubt my personal training sessions helped out with this one.  Usually my standing leg shakes the whole time from not having enough strength to get through it.  However, literally it only took  me a few classes to be able to hold my leg still and straight for 60 seconds.  It is still a challenge, that’s for sure.  Now in the second photo, you’ll notice I have put my leg out straight.  I am NO WHERE where I need to be in this pose.  My standing leg shouldn’t be bent at all, and my forehead needs to come down to my knee.  That’s all in due time.

Today’s instructor was Cara, not Maria.  I am not sure why that worked out.  I have never had Cara as an instructor but know her from when I exchanged cleaning for yoga a few years ago.  I did not care for her then.  Reminds me of a book I am listening to, Blink, and how we all have a decisive glance that knows in an instant.  I began to doubt my first observations and interactions with Cara because she was such a great instructor today.  But then wondered if those first observations were what they were and she could still be an excellent instructor and decided that was so.

Tomorrow is Friday!!  Which means I only have one more day this week to get up at 6am.  I am a nightowl, so this getting up at 6am is nice because I get a lot done, but I would prefer to sleep!  I hope I get to the point where I enjoy getting up at 6am and do so naturally.