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Day 9 – Worried

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I’m wondering if I will get to the point where I run out of words to describe my yoga session, like the title, “Day 9 – Worried”.  Yesterday‘s was “crowded”. 

I made the huge mistake of checking my e-mail on my iPhone this morning before getting out of bed.  I always get up at 6am to get to these classes on time.  The Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes start at 6:20am, so I am usually running around like a crazy woman to get there on time, whereas the Tuesday and Thursday classes start at 6:30am.  So I have an additional 10 minutes in bed. 

I am really into Ragdoll cats.  I have two.  I just lost my 19-year old Ragdoll, Rags, in March 2009.  So I have a website about Ragdoll cats and I also particpate in a number of discussion boards.  Well, it so happens, that one of the people on the board mentioned how her cat has HCM and her cat is related to one of my cats (like 1/4 related), and another breeder mentioned how I should ask for gene testing and all this stuff.  Not only does it worry me to lose my cat, but also to have yet another problem to worry about.  I just got over Graves Disease and lost a lot of good people in my life last year to death, so I am ready to have a good year and don’t need something like that to slow me down.

So, unfortunately, as a result I had an icky feeling in my stomach the entirety of the yoga practice.  I was so wishing today was 60 minutes, but sure enough it was 90 minutes. 

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

I was a mess – unbalanced, annoyed, figidity, anxious.  It was not a good day for yoga, my friends.  Also, I am beginning to wonder if 5 times a week is too much.  Input please.  The reaosn being is that I seem to be tighter in my postures, rather than more limber.  I look forward to Monday to see if the two days of rest will yield results.  Of course, though, tomorrow is Friday, so I will need to get through that first!

Today’s photo is of the Awkward Pose.  And boy oh boy, do I look awkward!!  I did something to my left knee over Thanksgiving break, and it hasn’t completely healed, so I am not able to get as deep into the pose, as I would like.  You should see major invancement in this pose in the coming months.  At least I hope so.  Hasta mañana.

Day 3 – Annoyed

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I really hate when people aren’t observant and therefore can be inconsiderate of other people.  This happens to me on a daily basis when driving.  And honestly, I am giving people the benefit of the doubt by saying that they aren’t observant and are therefore inconsiderate.

So today in yoga, at the 6:20am classs there were probably 20 people in the room.  I really am not used to that class being that popular, but it sort of makes sense because it is the new year and it is only 1 hour long and therefore, somewhat enticing.  I wonder how long the extra people will last – that is, how long New Year’s resolutions will last.   I guess I probably look like a New Year’s resolution myself, but really it is more like a Graves Disease resolution.

Anyway, I suppose it is hard to explain what happened today without photos and you actually being there, but this lady seemed to be completely unaware of me and that I needed “space” in the mirror.  I find it terribly inconsiderate.  This is a perfect reason why I prefer to be in the front of the class and not in the back.  If I am in the front of the class, I can adjust myself so that folks behind me can see themselves in the mirror.  I suppose if you have taken yoga then you understand what I am talking about.

It seems  a bit silly to be so interested in being able to see myself in the mirror.  I mean, believe me you that I do not want to really look at my fatass, but being able to see myself in the mirror does certainly help me make sure I am doing the posture right.

Speaking of that, it irritates the hell out of me when people continue to do postures wrong.  Even if the instructor tells them to keep their arms plastered to their ears, they will still be in their daze and not register.  I seriously wonder if these folks have random pains from doing the postures wrong.

Although I do appreciate the short 60-minute class, I have come to find that I cannot get as deep in the Bikram Yoga poses as I would like.  Since my body doesn’t get as stretched out and limber, I end up not being able to go as far in the Bikram Yoga postures that I usually can go in!

After yoga, I worked out with my personal trainer for 1 hour.  I used to go to him 3 times a week, but I reduced it to two times a week because with yoga five times a week, my body is just tired.  I also don’t feel like I get the benefit from weight lifting that I get from yoga.  When I told him that I was going to cancel Fridays, he asked me what I was going to do for cardio.  I said, “Yoga”.  And then he said that yoga isn’t cardio.  And I would have to disagree with that one, I think.  My heart beats more in a yoga class than it does on a walk.  I need to wear a heart rate monitor and see what the deal is with the cardio comment.  Too bad I cannot bring in a pad of paper and record my various heart rates.  Now, that would be interesting!

So if you have proof on how yoga is cardio, please go ahead and leave a comment and let me know what you think!  Bye until tomorrow.

Welcome to!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Welcome to!  Yoga2010 is my journey through yoga in 2010.  I am a 30-year old female who lives in the midwest.  I have recently been deemed in remission from Graves Disease and have decided to claim my body again.

I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2002 and it was a long journey to recovery.  I ended up having insatiable cravings that made me gain too much weight.  In spite of my efforts to have great will power and self-control, the cravings took over and I gained a lot of weight. 

So, on November 7, 2009 when I was deemed in remission from Graves’ Disease, I started thinking about what I wanted to do to get the weight off.  I decided I would return to Yoga.

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

I started doing Yoga in 2004 when a guy that I was dating broke up with me, and I needed something to clear my mind.  Interestingly enough, my cravings weren’t as bad then.  So I wasn’t as fat as I am now.  I will post a photo of me some day soon, so stay tuned to see my fatass.

Oh, I meant to mention that I go to a Hot Yoga studio where they do the 26 Bikram Yoga poses.  This pose (that I’m doing in the photo) is the Standing Bow Pulling Pose or “Dandayamana-Dhanurasana”.  I suppose in this photo I am in between a beginner yoga pose and an advanced yoga position.  I haven’t completely achieved the complete position, but by the end of 2010, I hope to do so.  Okay, really, if I cannot achieve it by 6 months into this year, what in the hell am I doing?
So, the reason I think I will be able to get to the maximum in that position is that my goal is to go do yoga 5 times a week.  I expect you guys to hold me to that!!  I want to go to a studio 5 times a week, but I can already tell you that I am not sure if that will always happen, so I am just going with 5x a week.
Today is January 1, but I am not starting until Monday, January 4, 2010.  Not to worry, I didn’t have too much to drink last night, but I don’t want to go to the studio today because they are only having one class that is at 10am and is free!!
If there is one thing I hate about yoga studio classes, it is a full class!  UGH!  Claustrophobia!  So I decided to wait until the week.  Also, I have that mindset that you work during the week and rest on the weekends, so I only want to do yoga Monday through Friday.  My hope is that I will want to do yoga on the weekends too…but for now, it is just on the week days.
Oh, which reminds me.  I have 3 websites, this is my fourth.  Actually, all my websites are blogs, or all my blogs are websites, however you want to say it.  I work to be proper and say the right things on my other websites since they are more professional, however, this one is for me…and my journey through yoga in 2010, so I will have typos, cuss words and other fallacies.
The thing is, folks, when it comes down to it, I am a really good person.  HOWEVER, I do criticize, I do cuss and by golly, I am way too blunt sometimes.  For those reasons, you might really enjoy reading this blog.  If that’s the case, please don’t hesitate to sign up for e-mail updates (upper right hand corner).  Also, I love comments!  Leave them below for me, please!  Please do join me on my journey to become a hot yoga girl in 2010!