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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!


Toe Rehab

No, no rehab was needed for my toe but my yoga world was definitely different for a while. I had to keep it buddy taped for quite a while during yoga.

Before being officially cleared by the doctor I was super super cautious in the hot room. No awkward at all, I’d just stand there with my arms up in position. No balancing on the foot. I think the fear of jacking up my toe before seeing the doctor kept me happy with taking it easy. It was also only three classes before I went back for my follow up appointment.

After being cleared by the foot doctor to do anything unless it hurt my toe I went into yoga a little more bravely. I started with the first part of awkward, since there’s no tippy toe action. My teacher’s suggestion? Do the first part of awkward for all three three parts of awkward. That means going into the first part of awkward SIX TIMES?!? Jesus that was tough!! I also obviously didn’t do toe stand on that toe.

A week or two later I added the third part of awkward. Another week- toe stand. Lastly second part was added back.

The human body is truly amazing. Within 8 weeks of really really breaking my toe I was back to normal yoga. I even jumped back into advanced class (had to start getting ready for the championship!) within about 8 or 9 weeks of the break.

Let me remind everyone- watch where you walk!

Yoga would help with that. And that. And that. And that.

We’ve all been in that conversation:

  • Your head hurts? Yoga will fix that!
  • Unhappy? Yoga will fix that!
  • Your back hurts? Yoga will fix that!
  • Stressed? Yoga will fix that!

I really try not to be that yogi- the one that says yoga will fix anything that anyone could have issues with. I think that it can help a lot of people with a lot of things, I just realize that most people don’t want to hear it.

I have a friend who suffers from a very stressful job: back pain, stress migraines, sleeplessness, weight gain.  She has expressed interest in going to yoga with me but flakes at the last minute every time.  If she really wanted to come… she’d stop making excuses and come. It makes me so sad to hear about her latest health issue related to her stressful job. All I can think is that yoga would sure help with the issue. I don’t want to be that yogi that thinks yoga will fix anything for anyone. Bikram yoga has fixed a lot of things for me, but I also realize that everyone is different.

I can’t make her come. I can only be a positive influence and maybe if she sees how much a daily yoga practice has helped me with stress she’ll try it sometime! I just really think it would be so beneficial for her!!!!!! It’s so frustrating!

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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