Posts Tagged ‘Ustrasana’

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.

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.

Namaste.