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Day 110 – Charlie Horse Central

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana 8/10/10

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana 8/10/10

Charlie Horse Central is what you could have called my body during yoga today.  Man, I must have been dehydrated to get so many charlie horses.

I went to the 4:30pm class and while it is hard to break away from what you’re doing in the middle of the day, there is the benefit of not being as tight as I am in the morning and therefore, I feel a greater stretch and feel like I am not as much as a loser as I have been.

Today’s pose is Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana.  I am starting to feel really good in this pose – especially in the afternoons.  I can finally get my forehead to the ground again – but my right hamstring still hurts – that’s for sure.  I have to remember to keep my thighs flexed, so that I don’t re-injure my hamstring.  I like this inversion posture because there aren’t many inversion poses of the Bikram yoga postures.

I meant to go to the 6:30am class today, but didn’t make it.  So I think I will shoot for two classes on Friday – the quick and easy one in the morning and maybe the 5pm one.  I will also attend tomorrow morning’s.

Namaste.

Day 108 – Old Drinking Buddy

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Standing Bow Pulling Pose or Dandayamana-Dhanurasana 8/10/10

Standing Bow Pulling Pose or Dandayamana-Dhanurasana 8/10/10

I was stretching before class this morning, now that the 6:20s and 6:30s are getting popular in the morning (a trend I hope that doesn’t continue) I try to get there earlier, so I had an unusual 5 minutes to spare this morning, so I was stretching and looked up and saw an old drinking buddy from high school.  It made my day.

I actually just saw him on the Plaza the week before having lunch with his fiancee – who I didn’t much care for and he acted weird towards me.  But today he was just as he always was – and was not with her, which makes me think that she is the source of the weirdness he had towards me.  What a shame when you are marrying someone and they end up changing you.  I’ve seen it happened to a couple of high school buddies.

Usually seeing someone from high school makes me self-conscious and feel inferior – this is something I do to myself because of my current physical appearance – as I think I look like a chubster – especially since high school days – but with him, I wasn’t bothered.  Maybe because I have always thought of him as a happy and non-judgemental person.

I was sore and tired in class today and didn’t perform to the best of my abilities.  My right hamstring is exceptionally tight, so much so that I find that I cannot touch my forehead to the floor in Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose as I did on Monday and Tuesday!  Ridiculous!

Today’s pose is Standing Bow Pulling Pose or Dandayamana-Dhanurasana.  I am getting better at this one, but I am far behind on my right side compared to my left side.  I don’t know what it is about my right side, but I cannot seem to maintain balance and get my hips leveled.  BOO!

Namaste.

Day 81 – Late Posting

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose 5/12/10

I did go to class last Friday, but didn’t write about it yet.  Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking about doing this blog because I already write a ton on a daily basis and really, if I would have committed to going to yoga and not have worried about the writing, then that would have worked out great as well.

I have not gone this week yet – am planning on going Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Had my knee checked out yesterday.  Turns out the underside of my knee cap is bruised.  Since I cannot take anti-inflammatory medication, there is not much I can do rather than wait it out and of course, the doc recommneded walking to be the best exercise as that would put the least about of strain on it.

So I figured I would take Monday and Tuesday off of Yoga and then I will do three days this week and possibly 4-5 next week. 

Today’s pose is Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana.  Now that my hamstring is getting better, this pose is coming easier to me again.  Which is delightful.  I love this one when I am not hurting.

Hopefully I will post on time tomorrow.  Namaste.

Day 49 – Get Me Outta Here

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

I almost left class today because I was not feeling top notch.  I went to bed at midnight and got up at 6am, needless to say I was not refreshed and ready for yoga.  Then Bill and I got to the studio about 6:17 and class begins at 6:20, lovely.  Also there was a fair amount of people there this morning.  I think there were 13 or so, which seemed like a lot compared to my dinky morning classes.

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose 2/22/10

Today’s posture is Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose. Oh, how I want to love you again, Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose.  But I don’t.  Ever since I pulled my hamstring, Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose is not my friend.  I can barely grab under my feet anymore, but in the afternoon classes, I am able to do so.   I think it is just the morning classes that make this posture more difficult for me.

Today’s instructor was Conk.  I remember the first time he told me his name, I thought it was a joke.  Because in my head, I pictured Conch and eating Ceviche on a fishing boat in the Carribean. 

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose 1-8-10

But no, it’s Conk, from Conklin, for those of you that are as surprised as I was.  Conk is my favorite instructor, probably because of his final savasana.  He has an excellent one, that I think comes from Bikram himself.  He basically moves from your toes to the top of your head, repeating each body part three ties.  So he says, “Relax your feet, relax your feet, relax your feet.  Relax your toes, relax your toes, relax your toes…” you get the point.  At the end he says, “Relax your mind, relax your mind, relax your mind.”  As Bill said, “I thought it was a sort of cheesy savasana at first, but by the time he said, “Relax your mind, relax your mind, relax your mind.” I actually relaxed my mind! 

Bill and I are headed to Arkansas, so I will be MIA for awhile.  Hope you guys have a good couple of days.  I will return on the 22nd of March.

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 22 – Pop, Pop, Pop

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

I was in this position (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose) today and I hear a “Pop, Pop, Pop”.  It totally freaked me out.  And no, it was not just my joints popping.  It was a MUSCLE.  That has never ever happened to me.  Scared the shit out of me.

So I am not sure what I did, but I took it easy on that muscle for the rest of class.  The pop, pop, pop came from the area that attaches your leg to your bum. 

It is still sore and I really hope it is okay.

I think one of the reasons that it popped is because I ended up going to the 9:00am class today, as I just couldn’t do it at 6:30am this morning.  I didn’t have the energy.  When I feel like I am going to be burning out my adrenal glands, I need to back off, as I fear reoccurance with my thyroid disease…

It is funny about the 9am class is that it is mostly female, whereas the 6:30am is mostly male.  I suppose more women are home during the day and can make a 9am class. 

I did enjoy class at this later time because I felt more flexible and skinnier.  Go figure.  That could have to do with the fact that last week I was on the rag and this week, I am not, so I don’t have that overwhelming bloating.  But, feeling more flexible could have been the reason why I had the pop-pop-pop thing happen.

Wind Removing Pose

Wind Removing Pose

Today’s photo is another step in the Wind Removing Pose of the Bikram yoga postures. 

The idea on this one is to have the back of my neck flat to the ground and my heels should be on my bum!  I’ve got a ways to go with this one.

Tomorrow is Wednesday – cannot believe the week is almost half over and am looking forward to a shorter class!

Day 17 – Not As Happy

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

I was not as happy today in class.  I really want to get to the point where I am excited about a 90-minute class because I have an opportunity to move deeper into the postures since we do all the Bikram yoga postures twice.  Instead, I was irritated and annoyed at things like my sports bra tugging at my neck.  My sports bra has the racer back thing.  So if anyone reading out there has a suggestion for a sports bra that isn’t racer back but supports, please leave a comment below.

Today’s instructor was Lisa.  I had a problem hearing what she was saying today, in other words, she wasn’t talking loud enough.  I find that mildly irritating when I am breathing in and out of my nose and cannot hear anyway.

Today’s photo is Standing Separate Leg Stretching pose.  Lisa actually helped me get into this pose deeper today.  Anyway, not as chatty today, so I will end it here.

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose