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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

One of the top 5 worst classes ever!

This weekend was a little crazy for the hubby and I. We were both in a wedding. Yay- I LOVE weddings! This one was beautiful! But it was exhausting at the same time. I didn’t have time to yoga Friday or Saturday (hello doubling this week).

Saturday was the wedding. I got up early and got ready. I was at the church early in my groomswoman dress (yes, I was on the groom’s side). It was an absolute BLAST… but I was not preparing for yoga on Sunday:

I was in my heels ALL DAY LONG!

Did I drink much water? NOPE!

Did I drink booze? YES PLEASE! Although not some crazy amount…. but definitely enough in combination with the lack of water to push me over the dehydration edge

I had two cupcakes. Same as at our wedding, how could I not??

Ooooohhhh man was that noon class on Sunday a bad one! I knew my body wasn’t going to like that class ahead of time. Although I tried to hydrate that morning, there’s only so much you can do a few hours before class. The weather Sunday was nice and humid too…

Three breaths into the first breathing exercise I knew I was in for it. By the time we got to eagle I was hurting.  By balancing stick  it all fell apart. I sat out plenty and did what I could. I knew that this was going to happen. I tried my best to accept my practice for what it was that day.

By the end of the class I was cramping all over. I’ve never heard about this happening to anyone else but my lips cramp up- my actual lips start to curl under! They were cramping in the middle of the standing series! The muscles of my eyes, fingers, hands, and feet cramped up. It was just bad.

Class ended and I walked out. I left my mat and towel sitting on the floor. Doing my backbending homework was not a possibility Sunday. I needed cooler air. I needed to chug my water. I sat in the lobby dripping a pool of sweat on the floor. Cramped up face and all. Three people walked by asking if I needed anything. The best  could do was to shake my head no.

I’m not sure where exactly this class ranks but it’s definitely in the top 5 worst classes for me. It’s right up there with the juice cleanse class, the sinus infection class, that one hungover class.

It’s Raining Men!

In class last night I was surrounded by dudes. I mean there are definitely a chunk of people in every class that are men. But I’d say that there are more women than men in a Bikram yoga class.

Last night I got to class a little early and set up my mat in my normal-ish spot. There weren’t any other mats in the general area. I stretch out and relax before class. As the teacher walks in a notice I am surrounded by men! That song “It’s Raining Men” automatically filled my head along with the dread of having a drama filled class. See, men are usually the more dramatic of the two sexes in yoga class. It’s a pet peeve of mine.

Class went just fine! A couple of the surrounding dudes came together and had a weird chuckle between themselves a couple times (along with big gestures trying to get into eagle). But overall, the men around me were generally calm and still between postures and when they fell out of postures it wasn’t overly dramatic and over the top as some men can be. We worked hard, suffered in silence, and got in a great class!

Health Challenge 2014: Weeks 4 and 5

It’s been a tough couple of weeks! Cold weather (“ice days”), being tired (and a little unmotivated), lack of time, etc. Even though I’m not going to class everyday (although I’ve only missed two days) I’m still feeling the mid challenge lull. Feeling stuck and aimless in class. Not wanting to be there (I almost always want to go to class, I don’t usually have to MAKE myself go to class).

Still going 6-7 days a week no problem (3 for the hubby).

Backbending is the same. I’m not sure if my backbends are improving but the other postures are still feeling adjustments. After class this week, the teacher came in to clean the room up for the next class as I was doing my backward bending homework.  I have her at least once a week and sees me working after class. She’ll come up and give me tips or encourage (which I REALLY needed this week!).

This week I was the last one in the room so chatted as I picked up my things. We talked about how my backbending is going. Every change I mentioned she laughed and said she knows exactly what I’m going through (even the frustration without feeling progress). She was genuinely interested in what I am doing and how I’m feeling. It made me feel connected to someone about what is going on in my practice. It made me feel like I’m doing what I need to be doing although I’m not physically seeing a change. She definitely made my evening!

My hubby is a little static- I’m hearing less about his progress. His back has been hurting less. Possibly because he’s stretching it out on a foam roller in the evenings (I have to hear all the groans of pain as he does it- BOYS).

So I’m here, I’m going to class no matter how I’m feeling or what’s going on in my head, silencing my brain as much as possible.

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