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Archive for the month “November, 2013”

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s a day late, but I’d like to say that I am so thankful for my yoga family. My studio is full of amazing teacher and students. I love that everyone is welcomed into the yoga family. New students, long time students, young students, old students, confident students, shy students.

I also appreciate that there are yoga classes everyday of the year. On Thanksgiving yesterday each studio had at least one class. That means that there were several teachers giving up their time on a holiday (only the BEST holiday of the year) to lead a yoga class. That’s a special yoga family!


You’ve gotta have balance between strength and flexibility

You need to have a balance between strength and balance. Some people are generally stronger. They tend to work on flexibility in class. Others are flexible working towards strength. This balance is also required in your postures.

I’m living this unbalanced problem with my piriformis muscle (aka my butt). Before Saturday’s class I talked to the teacher about my pain in the butt problem. She told me exactly what I thought.

First, she told me I had to be patient and that pain like that takes time. I need to listen to my body. Take my practice as it is one day at a time. Second she told me I was having pain because I needed to gain more strength in my hip (Bikram speak for butt) to counterbalance the flexibility I already have there. When I stretched my hip/rear I got more pain (during and after stretching) because I needed LESS stretch more strength! Which is opposite, usually with muscle pain people stretch it out.

So, I need to strengthen my butt. The entire class I was getting corrections about flexing my butt. I squeezed and squeezed and squeezed my derriere. And then something different happened in cobra.

It was a butt epiphany!

I found new butt muscles I didn’t know I had! Lower down on my butt (ladies you know, the lower and wider area back there). It was almost like squeezing my hip bones together. I could feel my legs stay together better (knees and ankles). I could feel the muscles in the problem area fire up and work! I don’t think I’d been using those muscles at all!!

Although it was harder to go deep into the back strengthening series I focused on my butt. Squeezing them to death. The next day my rear was sore. After Sunday’s class to squeezing my butt in the newly discovered area I was sore again!

Just think, maybe that wide lower part of my butt will get smaller since I’m strengthening it?

A girl can wish right?

Accept your practice wherever it is

Before class yesterday I talk to the teacher about the pain in my butt (really, a pain in a muscle in my rear). Lately it has been difficult to accept my yoga practice as it is on that day. I struggle with taking it easy. It’s hard for me to listen to my body on any given day. Yesterday there were plenty of us on the I’m injured bus. The teacher took a minute before starting class to remind us about the mental part of yoga. She said that it’s most important to listen to our bodies and that even if we stood there in class for 90 minutes we’d be doing yoga. We’d be doing something good for our bodies and minds.

Lately my neck/rear issues have forced me to really listen to my body in class. I have to go into postures with an open mind in order to listen to my body and not push myself like I’m used to. It’s been all around difficult- which means I needed this. I guess I needed a reminder that coming to class and doing anything is better than doing nothing. But, at the same time, it’s important not to do too much!

What a fine balance!


I am seriously falling apart. Physically.

My body is not happy with me these days. I’ve been sick (cold stuff- cough, lost my voice, congested, normal for me). That’s the second time in a little over a month! I teach, so it’s inevitable that I pick up a germ or two, but getting sick so close together? UNACCEPTABLE!!  I realized that back in August I ran out of vitamin D. It’s supposed to help out your immune system….. I ran out to Target without my voice to purchase new vitamin D. Hopefully that was the problem and there’s not some bigger reason why I’m getting sick so frequently…. I only went to yoga three times last week. That hasn’t happened in a couple years (unless I was on vacation of course)!

My piriformis muscle is killing me. What is that you say? It’s in your butt. It’s this mean little muscle between your tailbone and the top of your femur. If you do much yoga I bet you’ve battled with this little dude before. I found an article in a yoga journal I find quite helpful. I’m not keeping my hips level in standing bow. I’m sure that’s the problem- my yoga teacher tells me that too (she’s ALWAYS right- kind of annoying sometimes). I’ve REALLY REALLY been focusing on getting my body down I probably stopped focusing on hip alignment. Since the butt pain has escalated I’ve been taking standing bow real easy but this dang muscle is slow to heal. Jesus! It hurts to forward bend. Do you know many forward bends there are in Bikram?!?!!? Ouch. 

Then Monday in class I noticed a tweak in my neck during the pranayama breathing. It was weird but improved and I forgot about it… until the last few postures in class. I could tell there was something up with my neck. It got worse. Washing my hair after class was difficult (I’m tall and have to crank my head way back to get the top of my head under the shower head- tall person problems). So now I did something to my neck! Although it’s Wednesday and it’s noticeably better. I’m hoping this issue is a short lived one since my ASS IS STILL KILLING ME!

I’m beginning to think I’m just falling apart. My friend D tells me this is just what happens when you get older and you’re active. I just need to get used to something hurting. But isn’t that why I’m active? To NOT hurt? WTF body!?!?!


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