Hot room confessions

a snapshot into my Bikram yoga world

Great quote from a teacher this week…..

Skipping savasana after a yoga class is like not wiping after going #2. 

Hilarious and true! Take a good savasana! You’ve earned it! 

Focus

This week has been a little crazy with it being Easter week and standardized testing at my high school. I’m going to be missing yoga three days. Three days this week! 

I’ve also been struggling with some anger. My husband has a very demanding job and is often working every evening (along with all day). Every once in a while I get angry with his absence. 

Needles to say my brain has been everywhere this week! My goal for next week? Thinking about the postures I’m doing and not the other bajillion things going on. 

I have to remember that the 90 minutes of yoga I do everyday is to make be better so that I can go out and better help others! 

What changes after a week off yoga? 

I took 6 days off yoga to go to Virginia to visit a friend and her family. I did absolutely no yoga. I had no pants beyond tight jeans and I never felt like doing yoga in my undies. You may think that’s no big deal but I’ve been doing yoga 6-7 days a week for over three years (obviously there were chunks of days off and the broken toe time off).  Thursday was my first day back to bikram yoga and I did a double. 

Double? Why on earth did I do a double you ask??? Well Thursday’s there’s an advanced class. Usually Sunday’s are the only day I can make advanced class so having off on a Thursday is a treat. We landed Wednesday night at 10 pm and I was in the 10 am class Thursday morning.

So the big question: what part of my flexibility went first after a week off yoga? My upper body! Geeze- my hamstrings and hips took a minute but loosened up but did give way. My shoulders and upper back never opened- 3.5 hours of hot yoga and they just wouldn’t budge. Backward bends, twists, shoulder rotations were crazy tight! Ugh!!

I guess this makes sense- when do you used those parts of your body in normal life? Playing with a 3.5 year old in Virginia I was on the floor goofing around plenty using my lower half. I inadvertently used my lower body and keep it somewhat loose throughout the week.  But how often do we twist our spines, bend backwards, or rotate our shoulders? Not much!!

It’s Sunday and I’m not ‘back’ but we’ll see how doubling with advanced class goes today! 

Vacation without yoga

My hubby and I are enjoying 5 days up in a small town of Virginia with a family I grew up with. They live in a gigantic farm about an hour outside DC. This means: no yoga! 

We arrived here Saturday afternoon but my husband’s luggage made it but   my luggage didn’t. It’s Tuesday and it is being overnighted here and ‘should’ arrive sometime today. It’s a bummer not having my stuff but really it’s been fine. I grabbed a few things from target when we were in town and my friend has lent me some stuff. It’s just annoying: I brought old sneakers for bumming around the farm and workout clothes to power walk with my friend, maybe even do some stretching and yoga together. I have none of that without my luggage. Since arriving  we’ve done a little walking and playing with kids, but a lot more chatting, eating, and drinking. It’s fun, but I’d kill for a nice long walk with my friend!  Hopefully my stuff gets here in time to use that physical activity stuff because we leave tomorrow!! 

I’m lazy: should I have done some yoga on my own? Yes- but I only have the jeans I wore on the plane. I could do yoga in my underwear…… Really I COULD be doing more. But it’s just different then putting my yoga clothes on and going to my studio to have my teachers tell me to stretch and move! (I know- I’m lazy). 

We get back late Wednesday and it’s our spring break so we have the rest of the week off at home. I warned the hubby of my plans for a lot of yoga when we get home. 

It’s so beautiful here! Farmland, cattle, horses, bald eagles, and beaver dams! 

Foot alignment 

In class yesterday the teacher mentioned foot alignment a few times. I like to think about foot alignment in three parts:

  1. Stand with your feet together.
  2. Stand with your heels, toes, AND ankles touching.
  3. Stand with your feet facing forward, making sure the line between your feet is perpendicular to the mirror.

She focused on #3- it’s a tricky one! If your feet are crooked, your knees and hips aren’t facing forward either! I think that’s what contributed to my rib issues a while back.

She also addressed the importance of maintaining alignment while balancing on one foot- aka the hop. We all do it. You lift your foot and give a little hop on the standing foot. BAM! You’re not aligned anymore! You stand with your feet together and aligned between postures- don’t mess that up getting into the posture!

Time to try out a new type of yoga! 

Lately I’ve been thinking about trying out some new types of yoga. NOT stop my Bikram practice but to just become more rounded. Like one new class a week.  Maybe added to my 6x a week Bikram regimen? That’s possible right?

What type to try?  Flow class? Restorative? Ashtanga? 

Restorative looks amazing after a big Bikram week. Staying in postures for long periods to really stretch! 



Photo from http://www.lightinsideyoga.com

I’ve always wanted to try ashtanga, but class times are an issue. I’ve found one place that offers an intro to ashtanga at a decent time. And intro class makes it seem less intimidating for someone who knows little yoga outside beginner and advanced Bikram. 

What are you favorite styles of yoga?



Photo from http://williamholtby.com/ashtanga.html

Posture is important 

Posture- as in sitting up straight 😉

I’ve been given compliments on how good my posture is, which is a very nice compliment to recive. But all I can think about is the fact that for so long I had terrible posture! In high school I purposely slouched to make myself look shorter. That was seriously my solution to being taller than I wanted! I had to wear a back brace in 9th grade. Yet another thing to make a 15 year old girl feel even more awkward! 

So for me to have GOOD posture is incredible! Yay yoga!!



Photo from Brainlesstales.com 

We all need to find our ‘thing’

I am blessed to have discovered bikram yoga back in 2006. Although I didn’t maintain a regular practice until 2011, I knew I was going to love it after that first class. Now I practice 6 times a week (ish) and don’t think twice about going. I don’t have to make myself go like I did to get myself to the gym. I love going. Bikram yoga is my thing.

Last weekend my friend D and I cheered on another friend who was running her 6th marathon. Yes, 6th marathon. We stood out by the 17th cheering on runners. Some looked happy but some looked like they were dying. Exhausted and running out of energy. D and I did our best to cheer on everyone with encouragement and positivity. Our friend ran by and she was having a ball. She was running with some friends and they were chatting and dancing around. She even ran this week after the marathon (even with badass blisters). Running is so definitely her thing.

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My friend D does crossfit. She cycles a little but she does crossfit 4 times a week. Snatches and double unders and the kettle bells. She loves it. She was in a competition before Christmas. It involved 4 WODS (workout of the day). Yes- 4 workouts in one day. It was so intense! It requires so much strength and stamina. It is so her thing.

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The three of us are so lucky! We have found our things. They’re all different. But we all cheer each other on in our thing. It’s so fun to watch my people doing their things!

PS: I couldn’t imagine being a runner or a crossfitter after watching these wonderful ladies in their elements. Here is an old pic from my yoga competition with my amazing fans!

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Newbies and regulars- love them all!

I love this busy time of year at my studio. It’s challenge season so there’s lots of us regulars in the challenge going to class everyday. It’s also the start of the year which brings New Years resolutioners who may have never practiced before.

I love practicing next to experienced yogis. They are very calculated in their motions and are so dedicated to their practice it motivates me to do my best.

I love practicing next to new people too. They’re just figuring out how to listen to the dialog and how to get into postures. They’re fresh and don’t have those “bad habits” yet. If it’s their first time they’re watching people around them to see what to do. It makes me want to be on my best behavior too. They should have a clear example to follow without all those habits we have (wiping sweat, always drinking before triangle, fixing our towels before balancing stick).

I finished class 49 yesterday- 11 more to go. So far the only ‘injury’ I have going on is my ribs. I think it’s from the yoga workshop (aka 36 hours of yoga in 5 days). We did a lot of backbending and I think my ribs/intercostals are jacked up. Nothing too terrible. In fact it keeps moving around (my teacher says that’s good- better than staying in one place). Right shoulder to left side of my ribs to right lower back to right side of my ribs. Sure I could go see someone about it but it’s just not too bad. Not as bad as my McRib a couple years ago (yes, it started during a challenge).

This year’s 60 day challenge hasn’t been too insane because I haven’t gone out of town. I haven’t gotten sick (yet- knock on wood) and I got quite a bit ahead with the workshop last month.

I’m having fun with my regulars and my newbies!

Everlasting yoga brain? What’s going on!

I’ve been in a funky haze the past few days. Serious yoga brain nonstop. That fuzz you feel after yoga class. You can’t really think straight and it takes longer than it should to make simple decisions. Yoga brain. For days.

You should have seen me teach thermochemistry to my classes Friday! Good thing my students are so sweet and patient.

I just finished class 43 today. It’s that point in a challenge that’s a dull valley. I’m over halfway done but not close to finished. Just stuck. Maybe that’s why my brain is fogged?

I’ve had an emotional week. Family drama. Everyones ok and all, it was just emotional. Maybe that’s why I seemed dazed over?

Gotta get out of my brain fog!!

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