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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!


Broken toe, Texas Yoga Championships, 2015 Challenge

Even though I haven’t been writing about it I’ve been up to yoga.

This summer I broke my pinkie toe. Like really broke it. It was sticking out about 45 degrees the wrong direction. I was lucky I didn’t need surgery. You shouldn’t watch tv and walk at the same time. Lesson learned.

This fall I participated in the Texas Regional Yoga Asana Championship. I know, some people think a yoga competition is a ridiculous oxymoron. I’m glad I did it and I would do it again. If YOU don’t like the idea then YOU don’t have to do it ūüėČ

This month I started a challenge with my studio. It’s going to be either 30 or 60 days. I’ve said I wouldn’t do a challenge again, but I debunked my injury theory. When training for the championship I did 108 classes in 108 days without issue. My theory of injuring myself because I need a day off was debunked.

In a couple weeks I’m attending a 5 day interactive yoga workshop at my studio. In 5 days we’re working on yoga for 33 hours. I may break myself but I’m excited to learn more about myself and more about yoga!!

More to come!

Health Challenge 2014: Week 1

So my hubby and I are one week into our health challenge of 2014. So far so good!

  • This year I’m going to 6 classes a week. The past two challenge seasons I’ve done a class a day. I did end up taking class everyday… which is everyday really since 12/27. BUT, it’s nice to know I CAN take a day off a week.
  • Backbending homework has¬† been…. meh. I’ve done it everyday but it hasn’t been something I look forward to. I can’t tell a difference yet. I did take a before picture. I’m feeling discouraged about the whole thing. You know, questioning if I’m actually going to make a real improvement. Really it’s my mid back and my arms! Both are so resistant! Arg!

All this backbending has made my lower-lower back ache! That back/top of my pelvis bone area has been a little irritated. Talked to some teachers and evidently that’s to be expected. The last thing I need is to hurt myself… again!¬†

Tuesday is my birthday. So I did pamper myself yesterday and got a massage at my favorite spa. It’s called Zen Well and does Thai massage, reflexology, and chair massage.¬† I’ve had all three services. I feel like I’m supposed to love the Thai massage, but really it’s just OK. I feel like it’s a lot of what I already do in yoga. Using your body to twist and stretch. It is different in that the masseuse is moving your limp body. Kinda cool if you’ve never done it. The BEST is the chair massage. The tightest part of my body is my upper back and shoulders, so sitting in those chairs at an angle and getting a massage is the BEST! I also love not getting rubbed down with oils (oils and lotion = slimy yoga). The Thai massage is better for lower back so I did get more of a Thai massage yesterday and by lower back feels fabulous today!

My hubby’s challenge is going great! He’s really been going three times a week for a few weeks since we’re coming from Christmas break. He’s been able to sit out less in class and also stretch further. I’m glad to see that having a more regular practice is allowing him to make progress his usual less frequent practice has made difficult. Besides, I love praticing with my hubby and I get to more often right now! I like to screw around with him as we stretch our arms out during full locust pose. He hates it! Haha.

Too good is no good.

I’ve heard this a couple times in the past few weeks. You hear the dialog and you make the corrections that are imbedded. But at some point I guess you don’t need those corrections. Different teachers on different days have told me this. With my butt injuries I guess I’ve been focusing too deeply on alignment and following the dialog.

My butt has been improving slowly. Squeezing my rear, flexing the fronts of my thighs and lower abs, using my abs and lifting my ribs as far up as possible before forward bending. Doing all this is exhausting!  All this flexing of my core has really helped me out in other ways beyond my derriere. I can imagine my core needed some strengthening. I feel stronger in a lot of poses (standing separate leg head to knee pose, all of the back strengthening, etc.). 

I guess it’s important to remeber that the dialog is for most people but that everyone is different and you have to listen to your body! In the end, you’re the master of your practice!

Happy New Year! News of the challenge coming soon!

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