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Day 68 – Limber In The Afternoon

Monday, May 10th, 2010
Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose 2/22/10

What is it about afternoon classes?  I am so much more limber!  Sure gives me hope!  In the morning sometimes I think that I haven’t gotten anywhere but today I really enjoyed being in my body.  It felt good and it felt limber.

I went to the 4:30 afternoon class with Bill.  It was PACKED.  Thank goodness I got my favorite spot – the front right corner.  Otherwise I would have felt really claustrophobic today.

The woman next to me today reminded me of the smell of cat’s breathe.  I determined after too many whifs (breathing through your nose in yoga when someone smells next to  you – is not fun!) that she must have not bathed for awhile or her clothes had not been washed.  Whatever the case, it was disgusting and I need to make a plea to all yoga people.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE wash yourself and your clothing, your towels, etc. between yoga sessions.  There is no reason, especially in a HOT YOGA class to subject your innocent bystander of a neighbor to your odors.

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose 2/22/10

Today’s pose is Spine Twisting Pose – yet another pose that I used to be a lot better at before this belly.  Don’t know why I cannot grab my foot with my hand in this pose like I used to be able to do.  I’ll keep trying! 

Bill and I have a photo session planned for after class on Wednesday.  I am not going to yoga tomorrow because I need to focus on work as I have a huge deadline this week.  I’ll be back on Wednesday.  Namaste.

Day 66 – Early

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Yup, made it again today!  I know you guys are SHOCKED!  I’m on a roll.  It feels sooo good to sweat again.  Still not 100% and feeling slightly sluggish.  I am super tired.  Am having a garage sale with my mom and aunts, so I have been my feet all day today and could have easily gone to bed at 8pm (and should have).

So today, Maria (instructor), turned off half of the room’s lights – the back portion (not where I stand) during the triangle.  DRIVES ME CRAZY! When I learned yoga, I learned that the lights out meant that it was time for final savansana – not timet o work my ass off and sweat my ass off.  I DO NOT like the lights off.

So we were getting into our floor postures and Maria goes, “do you guys want the lights on or off?” and I shouted out, “I prefer them ON!” – and I think she was a little taken back by it – but I really draw energy from light, especially after having my thyroid disease – light is really important for me – it can really change my mood as pathetic as that sounds.  I find that I am happier in sunnier climates.

After class I explained to Maria why I reacted the way I did and she said it was fine and I am sure that she did think it was fine because she’s so laid back – but it probably surprised her that I spoke up.  I usually do speak my mind, but yoga is known as being a silent sport, so I usually don’t talk or speak up.  Couldn’t handle the lights being off again.  She goes, “Oh, my 9am class hates when the lights are on, so I just figured they bothered you guys too.”  Well, at 9am, the sun is up higher than at 6am, so there might be enough sunlight in the room by then, but 6am – turn off the lights – and I just got out of bed 20 minutes ago!  It will make me want to go back to bed!  Why in the world though, do people hate florescent lights?  They don’t bother me unless they “buzz” – do you guys mind the lights in your yoga classes?

No photos as I am on my laptop and need to go to bed for yoga in the morning!  Then another day on my feet for the garage sale!  Made $564 today – so totally worth spending the time with my mom, my sister and my aunts!

Never Ever Again

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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Oliver

I have missed yoga and have to tell you that I don’t think I will ever take a cat in again EVER.  I will pay for my vet to have them or find a vet that will take them in.  Having Oliver in my home is one of the most frustrating things.  I want so badly for him to have a good home and have turned down about three people that said they couldn’t afford to neuter him and other people that I feel like have not been a good fit.

I REALLY miss my kitties.  They are only 8 and 9 months old, so I think I’m just confusing them.  It isn’t fair to my mom or her animals to have mine over there.  So please, please, please pray that Mr. Oliver finds a home soon.  Oh and I have put up flyers, he’s on Facebook, on Craig’s List, on YouTube – where else do I put him?

I miss Yoga too – in the sense of feeling good and having a normal routine – but I cannot handle the stress of making class right now – for example, last night Oliver meowed from 2-3am – so no sleep and I cannot imagine waking up at 6am when I’ve had no sleep.

I am aware I brought this on myself, so I hope I’m not disappointing everyone.  Please pray that he finds a home soon.

Day 62 – Posting Way Late!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Oliver

Oliver

I am posting this really late, but I feel like I cannot leave you guys hanging any further.

I did go to 4:30pm yoga with Bill on Monday afternoon and the class was fine, but my knee still hurt.

I did not go yesterday (Tuesday) or today and probably will not go for the rest of the week.  I know I have totally messed up my goal in going 5 days a week in April, but I’ve decided this is something I can put on hold to alleviate the stress I am feeling right now.

I think I told you that I found a stray cat on Friday and finding him a home has completely consumed me.  He is also locked in my master bathroom until he finds a home because my vet doesn’t know if he has ringworm – and it takes over two weeks for the ringworm to show up in a petree dish – so I have to keep him in my bathroom.  As a result, he bangs on the door from 3am to 5am, and there’s just no way I am getting up at 6am after that lovely time period.

I really haven’t been this stressed out since my Rags was dying.  This cat is just so cool and deserves an awesome home.  I want to make sure that he finds the right home.

I also have some writing deadlines for my business this week, so with all the added stress, I am dropping my yoga routine as well as the writing on this blog until he finds a home – which might be tomorrow or next week.  I am sorry for neglecting you, but this is one of those pressures that I put on myself and I do not need to make myself more stressed out – as I fear that will cause other health problems I don’t need.  Hope you understand.  Namaste.

Day 33 – One More Week Of February

Friday, February 19th, 2010
Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

I cannot believe that there is only one more week of February. I also cannot believe that this is another 5 days in a row. I haven’t done that for a couple of weeks, which is exciting. In an effort to drag out the photos as much as possible, here is another Head to Knee pose, but this one is both legs stretched out, instead of one knee bent in.

I was annoyed today in class because there was a lady that came in late and for some reason she lined up right behind me. There were only 8 people in the class, so of course, there was plenty of room, but she apparently wanted to be right behind me. I say that with confidence because I thought maybe she was just flustered and accidentally lined up with me when she first came in, but that’s not the case because when we got to the floor postures, she again lined up right behind me.

I find this annoying because of the amount of space in the room, it violates my personal space and is just bloody annoying.  Doesn’t she want to see herself in the mirror, rather than looking at my ass to see if she’s in line with her posture?

I could very well be off and not be giving her the benefit of the doubt, but I honestly couldn’t figure out why she kept doing that….unless she is just in la-la land.

So one more week is done, there is only one more week in February and then we’re into March!  Whoa.  Have a good weekend.  Namaste.

Day 15 – Distracted

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

It is so exciting that it is Friday, mostly because the idea of sleeping for as long as I want tomorrow is very intriguing and rewarding.  I do love doing this yoga thing again and am starting to see and feel results, but I have to be honest that sometimes I would really prefer to stay in my bed for just 1 more hour.

I think I’ve made a friend in Yoga class.  My sister is attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and this summer before she decided where she wanted to go, we were in Colorado and I picked up this super soft CU Buffs t-shirt.  I LOVE THEM.  They are long (so no worries about your muffin top or butt crack beign exposed) and they are so so soft!  Anyway, she asked me if I was from Colorado because I wear that t-shirt (WASHED OF COURSE!!) everyday.  So she thought I was obsessed with Colorado.  Not the case.  Obsessed with New Mexico, now that’s a different story…

Anyway, I explained to her that I love the shirts because they are long and cover me.  She then told me how she was going to Colorado that weekend for a family reunion of sorts.  So today I arrived to class a few minutes early (SHOCKER) and put my mat down by hers and asked her how her trip was.

We ended up talking for awhile longer and I found out that she has a 3-year old and a 3-month old.  She was saying how her 3-month old is 20 lbs. and when she saw that I wasn’t astonished by that fact, she said that 20 lbs. is more like the weight of a 6-month old.  I asked if she was breast feeding and when she said that she was, I told her she has super milk if the babe is 20 lbs. 

Well, the very fact that it was 6:20am and she was standing in front of me and was breast feeding totally distracted me for the rest of my class.  I was unbalanced and unfocused.  Of course, it didn’t help that I was in the third row, as I am usually in the first row closest to the mirror.  Class was a little more full than normal today.

Anyway, I kept wondering how she made it to the 6:20am class – and was always on time.  She must get up at some horrific hour to breast feed that child.  And then I wondered if she had to strap down her boobs for yoga so they didn’t leak all over the place.  I was really curious about that.  So if I get a chance again, you’d better believe I will be asking.  She does zip out of there when the class is over, no doubt to make it home in time so her husband can get to work.

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Today’s photo is of Standing Bow Pulling, which, ironically is very appropriate for today. 

The angle on this photo is horrible (and I look horrible) because the room is small and Bill couldn’t get back very far, but usually you have to hold this pose for 60 seconds and today I couldn’t hold it for 10 seconds without wobbling and falling out of it.  It was horrible!  Anyway, I would have preferred to have another go in this pose so that I wouldn’t have had to feel disappointed about not making it the full 60 seconds, but I suppose I have time next week to try again.

Have a good weekend!

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.