Category Archives: Yoga Blogs

Fidgeting

I consider myself a conscientious yogi. I try to sit quietly when I need to take a break, I don’t drink water between postures, don’t make noise, don’t put my mat down in front of others, don’t leave class early, try to smile when the teachers says to…etc. etc.  One of the things that often comes up in class is not to fidget. While I’ve seen people constantly tugging at something, fixing their towels, I don’t. I do however, occasionally adjust my hair, my shirt or my towel. And, to be honest, this is the least of my concerns. The only real concern I have is I don’t want to take too long and limit my savassana in any way shape or form. I understand this is part of the process of control, mastering discomfort and focusing, perhaps I’m just at a different level. I’m happy to give it my all in class, and if I need to fidget a little to get comfortable, for now, I’m ok with that. Again, it’s in relative terms, I’m occasionally making adjustments. Why? Well, it’s uncomfortable when your towel completely bunches up. The postures are hard enough. Sometimes my mat moves and I can’t see or I’m in someone’s way. I move it back. I can get itchy when I’m covered in sweat, or my shirt moves and I adjust the straps. I wear a headband and sometimes I move it to stay more firmly on my head.  Would I be better off not doing these things? I’m sure I would be on some yogic plane of mastery, but for now my goals are more basic. Do as much of the class as possible, do each posture as best I can and get to class regularly. Fidgeting ranks much, much lower.

Namaste

 

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Yoga Outside the Hot Room

In class and from others I hear quite a bit about how the hot room prepares you well for life’s stresses. This comes up from teachers pretty frequently as another benefit of Bikram yoga. Breathing, focus, patience and determination are all part of the 90 minute class and I wrestle with those each class. Where I am less successful thus far is applying them to life outside the hot room. I wonder when and how that happens. I suppose it requires a consciousness I have not yet been able to muster up in “real life”. I feel as easily agitated, lacking patience and short tempered as before yoga (I think). Even in the hot room I struggle. When someone puts their mat right in front of me I think “Really? Is that necessary? Are you oblivious another person is right behind you?” I don’t say anything though, generally, just inch my mat over a bit.

So, adding to my list of to dos is now trying to apply yoga inside and out. I’m going to see if I can use it to help me in challenging situations or provide some calm and clarity in moments of frustration. How? I’m not sure. Perhaps start with breathing? Or see if I can conjure the same voices in my head that push me to stay in a posture or not sit down. It would also be great if I can use it to let go of things that I can be obsessive about. I know teachers say, “That posture is over. Now move on.”  That would also be great to apply…

Has anyone been successful at applying lessons from the hot room to their life outside?

 

Namaste!

It’s a New Day!

OK, so the week didn’t go exactly as I had hoped and I only made it to class once! Yikes.  I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or whatever it’s new name is) a few months ago and every so often it acts up. This was one of those times. In the wise words of the always inspiring Mark Quast (check out his blog,  Do the Posture ) “Rest. Reset. Regroup.” So yoga is on the schedule for tomorrow am. I’m sure it will take a few days to catch up…what I continue to notice is how much more flexible (in relative terms of course) my right side is from my left. I see it most obviously at the end of class in the separate head to knee pose on the floor. With some minimal bending, I can get my forehead to my knee on my right side fairly easily. On the left, I have to bend my knee all the way and even then I look like some crazy jellyfish trying to get my head to my knee. Usually I can just get the tip of my nose. I know my left hip has been through a lot from my running days, with physical therapy 3x, so I guess I can’t be surprised it’s being stubborn.

I am going to really try to push the next 2 months of so, since May 18th will mark my one year to Bikram. Still trying to add in the cardio. As you can see, I added in nothing last week, so one thing at a time.

I’m sort of looking forward to Bikram in spring/warm weather again. It’s nice not to have to wear coats and so many layers. On the other hand, opening the window in spring is not nearly as refreshing as in winter.

What are you goals for the next 2 months?

Namaste.

 

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Sick

I recently read a couple of interesting posts on when to attend Bikram yoga when you’re sick from Hot off the Mat and Lindsay Dahl.

http://hotoffthemat.com/2015/02/17/when-is-it-smart-to-take-a-sick-day-from-class/ http://www.lindsaydahl.com/yoga-when-youre-sick/

Of course, a few days later, I got sick! With other workouts in the past, I would generally take a day or 2 off if I was really sick and then do a modified workout (e.g., 30 minutes of light cardio) until I felt back to normal. One of the challenges with Bikram yoga is that there really isn’t any modified option. Sure, you could practice at home, but that’s without the heat.

With Bikram, yoga, I tend to be a little more cautious. The workout is so exhausting, long and hot, that it’s hard to imagine participating if you’re sick. Right now I’m better than I was a few days ago, but still sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose. I wouldn’t go to class b/c I think I could get someone else sick and as mentioned, I don’t feel quite strong enough. I’d rather be more cautious as once  I went to class when I was recovering and it seemed to delay getting better. I felt sicker after class. On the other hand, being new, I still get concerned when I miss a few days of class as I know some progress will be eroded and this is stressful.  I know I have to be more long-term focus and think of my yoga as a journey, not a race…

The other thing I’ve noted is that I’ve gotten more colds since starting Bikram yoga. This may be a total coincidence or it may not. Seems to me it is easy to catch something in a hot room that people are jammed into and also I think coming in and out of the hot room and into a freezing outside may also not be ideal.

Hopefully I’ll be back to my practice within a day or two.

Namaste.

 

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Liebster Award

Hotoffthematt.com nominated my blog for Liebster award. Very grateful since my blog is new and I am new to Bikram yoga.  The Liebster award is given to bloggers by other bloggers to recognize and encourage new blogs and their authors.

To claim my Liebster award, I need to do a few things, acknowledge who nominated me (thanks Hot off the Matt!), answer the questions they’ve listed, share 11 random facts about myself, nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and give them 11 questions to answer (not sure what’s going on with the #11!)

So hear goes…

Hot off the Matt Questions:

What is your secret desire?

To be able to travel without having a permanent address

Where did you live when you were the happiest?

Hmm, hard one. I’ll say Montreal, where I went to college.
What do you find most rewarding about blogging?

I get to share my passion with other people who are similarly inclined and we can all help and learn from each other.
What is your favorite color?

Black.
What cause or causes are you passionate about?

Yoga, autism, alzheimers and natural food
What did you want to be when you grew up when you were in grade school?

A teacher
What is your favorite TV show?

Shark Tank right now. I also really like Homeland.
What is your favorite vacation spot?

Istanbul is my fave city, although now a beach resort sounds dreamy.
When are you the happiest?

When I’m relaxed. Food is also generally involved.
What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2015 (if you have one)?

Attend yoga more regularly.
What is your favorite post that you have written so far and why?  Please share it here so we can enjoy it.

My favorite post was called “Why” because it expressed the frustrations when we want to be better. Of course, I know there is no better. http://halfmooning.com/?p=91

11 Random Facts

1. I am troubled by all the accusations leveled vs. Bikram and unsure what to do about it

2. I love massages

3. I have been a vegetarian since I was 12 although occasionally eat fish

4. I wish I had a fireplace

5. I am a workaholic and very driven

6. I have gained weight and just can’t seem to lose it

7. I am obsessively neat

8. Before  yoga, I ran

9. I am very short. Barely 5′

10. I lived in Egypt for a year

11. My dream vacations are Bhutan and Patagonia

My 11 nominees (I am naming some blogs that have already been nominated, I know that may not be kosher)

http://www.fitqueenirene.com

http://dotheposture.blogspot.com

http://createnplate.com

https://confessionsofayogaprincess.wordpress.com

http://www.mybikramyogalife.com

http://ohsheglows.com

http://yogaanddoughnuts.com

http://www.curvyyoga.com

http://viewsfromthepodium.com

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/blog

https://tallmartha.wordpress.com

My 11 Questions

1. What is your favorite yoga posture?

2. What is your favorite dessert?

3. What is your favorite band?

4. What’s a new passion for you?

5. What’s your ideal day off?

6. Why did you start blogging?

7. What do you care most about?

8. What’s your favorite city?

9. Who inspires you?

10. What’s your guilty pleasure?

11. Mick or Keith?

Namaste.

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Yoga Blogs

Just have to say how happy I am to have found some Bikram blogs I can really relate to. This week, both Hot off the Matt and My Bikram Yoga Life had great posts I really found helpful… related to subjects I’ve discussed here on Halfmooning.

Hot off the Matt wrote about when to go to class and when to stay home when you’re under the weather. I dealt with this a lot in Dec/Jan. More than anything, in my case, I felt tired with no energy, so I probably should have gone to class more, since I couldn’t get anyone sick…but it was very enlightening to hear the good and the bad of going to class when you’re not 100%.

http://hotoffthemat.com/2015/02/17/when-is-it-smart-to-take-a-sick-day-from-class/

My Bikram Yoga Life also had a great post I read repeatedly on how often to go class, a continued struggle of mine as you may know. For many months I was consistently going 4x  a week then after a month or so of being sick, I’ve had a hard time getting back into the routine, averaging only 2-3x a week lately. It’s something, but not as much as I would like.

http://www.mybikramyogalife.com/2015/02/16/how-often-should-you-go-to-yoga/

I found it very interesting that the author only went 1-2x a week for the first year she started. I’m not sure how much progress she made, but then started going more regularly and then almost daily. So amazing! It definitely made me want to aim for going back to 4x a week, but also the perspective to allow myself to live life and understand sometimes things get in the way of yoga, and that’s ok. Life happens!

Anyway, I encourage you to read these terrific articles and more from these 2 great blogs!

Namaste.

A Good Day

So, Sunday has been a good day. I made a deal on Twitter with a great blogger, Mark, from http://dotheposture.blogspot.com/  He and I both seem to sometimes struggle (don’t we all)… so he said let’s both go to class Sunday. We did. He went at the crack of dawn (kudos) and I went later in the day. I had a decent class and a decent day with food, so that to me is a good day. Yoga is easier when I don’t have work and stress to manage, so let’s see how the week goes. I am guzzling my new post-yoga addiction: club soda mixed with Perrier pink grapefruit sparkling water. I find it so refreshing after class. I could drink 20 glasses of this.

My class was better than I anticipated since the last class I went to before today was 6 days before. Those long breaks usually take their toll. Especially when you’re stiff to begin with. Not so much today, while I still am not back to my best (hello… I was just starting toe pose and now can only, barely do it on one side), whatever flexibility I had was largely intact.I do find my left side is extremely tight and I notice it especially at the very end of class during the separate touching head to one leg at a time pose. I have to bend my left knee to kingdom come and I can still barely touch it to my head.

Still, amazing the power of even just one class to change mood and perception. Powerful stuff.

 

 

Fave Blogs

I have found a few Bikram yoga blogs super helpful and interesting.  It really is inspirational to read other peoples experiences and adventures. I found it particularly reassuring to learn that everyone (EVERYONE!) struggles in class. Here are a few I obsessively read:

My Bikram Yoga Life

http://www.mybikramyogalife.com

Hot Off The Matt

http://hotoffthemat.com

Confessions of a Yoga Princess

confessionsofayogaprincess.wordpress.com