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Day 45 – More Space

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

So  I’ve decided that I cannot go to the 4:30pm one afternoon and then the 6:30am class the next day because I am so weak!  I had to get out of a number of postures early today because I was too tired to stay in them.  I hated it. So I think I need to be better to space them out.

When class started only 5 people were in class, including me, however, but there were three people that came in later.  So the entire class ended up consisteing of 8 people, which is ironic because there were 18 people in class yesterday.  I do like when there aren’t many people in the class.  It really is nice.

I am sorry that I have been late in posting and what not, I have been working on my websites, writing for business blogs and trying to wrap up my taxes.  I told myself last year that I would have my taxes done by February.  I obviously didn’t get that done. I do meet with my tax man tomorrow, so hopefully he will not need anything else and they will be done!!

I am listening to barred owls hoot back and forth right now, which is very exciting.  I have lived in my house for 5 years and every year, except for last year, they have made a nest in my front Silver Maple and had babies.  About mid-April the owlettes start exploring and end up testing their flight skills.  When they do that, they end up in my window wells.  I hope they do that this year, it is a lot of fun and they are so precious.  If and when I move from this house, I will miss that the most.

No photos tonight because I am on my laptop, not my desktop, where the photos are located.  I hope you guys don’t mind.  Namaste.  Yoga’s in 7 hours.

Racer Back Bra Options

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Racer Back Bra - Step 1

Racer Back Bra - Step 1

Yoga2010.com reader, Samantha Levy, was kind enough to take photos of how she creates a racer back bra from the simple ones that they sell at Wal-mart.

She left a comment on Day 17, explaining how to execute this, but I have recopied her comment and pasted it below. 

Thank you Samantha for sharing this with us.

Enjoy!

“As far as your razor back bra goes I have a razor back bra alternative.
I use older regular sports bras with the two that meet the back of the bra. I picked up the originals at walmart about two years ago. Take a key ring, a regular old key ring like on your key chains, and thread the two straps through the ring affectively joining the two straps within the ring. The ring allows the straps to move when you’re in twisting postures and it keeps the straps from digging into the sides of your next b/c the straps are joined lower than traditional razor back bras. If you’re short of key rings you can pick up several from your local hardware store for cheap.”

Racer Back Bra - Step 2

Racer Back Bra - Step 2

Racer Back Bra - Step 3

Racer Back Bra - Step 3

Racer Back Bra - Step 4

Racer Back Bra - Step 4

Racer Back Bra - Step 5

Racer Back Bra - Step 5

Racer Back Bra - Step 6

Racer Back Bra - Step 6

Racer Back Bra - Step 7

Racer Back Bra - Step 7

Samantha's Racer Back Bra from Front

Samantha's Racer Back Bra from Front

Samantha's Racer Back Bra Showing Ring Back

Samantha's Racer Back Bra Showing Ring Back

Samantha's Racer Back Bra Showing Straps on Back

Samantha's Racer Back Bra Showing Straps on Back

Samantha's Racer Back Bra Showing Strap Finish

Samantha's Racer Back Bra Showing Strap Finish

Day 19 – Cramping

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Ah, those of you that are innocent and thinking that my muscles were cramping because of yoga, would definitely be wrong. Nope. Got my period yesterday and ever since I went off of birth control (per recommendation of holistic practitioners that I went to for my Graves’ disease suggested I get off birth control to see if there was any improvement in my hormone levels. Sure enough, not more than a year later, my blood work was back to normal and I was taken off my medication), my cramps have returned.

I am happy to deal with the cramps because they feel better than the years of medication, crazy depression, crazy weight gain, crazy cravings will ever feel. If you are a female, then you know how cramps can be. They can make you have diarrhea, feel like you’re going to have it  or just want to fold over and not address the world. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through some of the Bikram yoga poses today with that whole thing going on.  It was weird though, class sort of flew by because I think I was really concentrating on my breathing (much like they suggest you do in labor) to avoid the pain going down in my lower gut.

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Today’s photo is the standing separate leg head to knee pose. This pose, ironically, is great for our thyroid. The funny thing is, when I used to tell yoga people that I used to have a thyroid disease, they will ask me if this pose is good for me. It was not when I was being medicated. It is probably a great pose for people that are hypothyroid (aren’t producing enough thyroid hormone), but it wasn’t for me because I was producing too much). Not sure if that makes sense, but now I feel like this pose helps me to repair my thyroid that has been bruised and battered. In this pose, you are supposed to keep your forehead in constant contact with your knee. And in the final advancement of the pose, you are to keep your hands in prayer position in front of your front extended foot with both knees locked out. My legs aren’t steady enough for me to have my hands in prayer in front of my foot, so I am still working on getting there – but the second photo shows how I am almost there. Just to give you an idea.

Tomorrow is the last day before January is over for Yoga2010!  Cool beans.

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Welcome to Yoga2010.com!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Welcome to Yoga2010.com!  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
Dandayamana-Dhanurasana

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!