This mornings session was all about the twist. We did 6 or 7 different twists throughout the class. Our instructor explained how it helps to inflate the nucleus pulposa, the tissue between spinal disks, like fluffed pillows to lengthen and protect the spine. It also squeezes the organs, wringing out the toxins and saturating them with blood and oxygen. It especially helps me get loose enough so I am not able crack my back at every whim. I feel grrrreat.
Several things I noticed in my practice today… My posture is improved and the chaturanga is getting easier due to some increased core strength in my belly, legs, and upper arms. Stiffness in my legs, especially the outer shin, and the usual tightness in my hips. I really need to be doing hip stretches everyday. It is where I store most of my tension.
Best of all, I have finally noticed the shift – I am over dreading exercise and now look forward to its release. I have been thinking of my intention with my new routine and want to crystallize it in my minds eye by putting it one (virtual) paper.
The primary intention is practicing physical presence. Then, through yoga, work on creating length, grace, and ultimately strength. Through jogging, keep good posture and learn to move with the rhythm of my breathing and heart beat.
for some good stretching before my husband and I’s first attempt at becoming joggers. We are starting off slow with 1/2 mile along the arroyo trail. Its been ages since I’ve done good aerobic exercise. It was not as hard as I expected and even felt good after I gave up fighting the movement and was able to surrender to the rhythm of my lungs and heart.Lovely to be outside together with the dog.
These converse are not gonna cut it. Gotta get myself some proper footwear. Check out this photo of the world’s oldest running shoes.
After some travel I am glad to be back in the routine. Class was a bit tough for me today. I really had to push myself to get the most out of the poses. I can feel it now. Will pay off with some good deep sleep.
I may be over the hump. Over that feeling of dread for any kind of exercise. I really looked forward to yoga this week and even though daylight savings time intervened on Sunday, I managed to go twice this week with ease. Two great classes, same great teacher.
She worked us hard tonight and I know that if I stick with it I can really build some core strength. I did a nice shoulder stand. If I can develop some more strength, I know all kinds of new yoga positions will be possible for me.
Now I am basking in that tried afterglow. Not so much different from the way I feel after a good romp in the hay. When I left class I was craving a big juicy burger like mad and I gave into the drive in on the way home. Drive through is a rare thing for me. It was an old fashioned one and I enjoyed the novelty. Not so good for my Lent and Organic meat goals…
Disappointing. But sometime I just have to let some things slip. I let a lot of things slip this week and it felt good to ease up on myself.
I am taking some time this evening to reflect on some of my goals and see how I’m doing. Just got a monthly reminder to myself on this one. I have done pretty good. Have overcome the excuses and made yoga a part of my regular routine. Have found a great place I am not only comfortable going to, but really look forward to. Mostly because I think Nona is the best teacher I have had and I really think she could help me progress in my practice.
Mondays are going well. A perfect way to start my week and since Christian is home I can take the car. Now transportation on Thursday is the biggest hurtle. I took the bus to the farmers market Friday and it was just as frustrating as the first time. I did make it, but it took an hour! And after all that online research and I thought I had it all figured out. The bus system here is fucked. And the drivers have been real assholes. Well, I learned some new tricks and will try again this week.
Have let Sunday morning slip trading it for late lounging in bed with my sweety. But I feel Sunday practice is important. Will make a point of it next week. I want to make Sunday and Monday standard routine and Thursday’s an extra perk. And I think I get more physical benefit to going twice in a row. By this time next month I plan on checking this goal off.
Tonight many of our poses and thoughts focused on this concept. Very timely for me. I have felt a new kind of relaxation and peace over the last few days that has come from surrender. I will keep working on some of these poses through the week. No class on Thursday – Valentines day.
A bit bigger than last week. I really like this teacher. I feel like the instruction she gives is finally helping me to develop some core strength.
I am proud to say I finally accomplished this goal this week. I worry about myself feeling so resistant to exercise. Seems like everyone else I know in their 20s is addicted to exercise. But once I am there I love it.
Yesterday was the best class I have ever been to. Same teacher as Sundays and she is so good. I really like her pace. She starts with guided breathing exersizes and deep hip streaches, then starts warming us up slowly and adding a bit more each time until we are working up a sweat. Then she spent a lot of time on the wall with blocks and straps really showing us how to strengthen and improve our poses.
There were only three of us there so we got a lot of attention. She showed me how to change the position of my arms to be stronger since my elbows have a tendency to over extend. That really helped and I almost did a headstand!
The other two girls there were close to my age and seemed really cool. I fantasized that they would ask me out to coffee afterwards and we would become great friends. But when the class ended they departed quickly and I over course didn’t have the guts to make a move. Hopefully after I go to these classes for a while it will be easier to get to know people.
I am glad I got myself up and at em, even though I was a little late. The regular teacher was back and she is really good. Plus its a small class so she is able to give us all individual pointers. We did a lot of hip work today which I really needed. I store soooo much tension in my hips. I liked her description – that we were clearing out all the rubble that buildings up there.