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Yoga and Cleansing

I’m on another cleanse, I went on a 3 week one in July. During that period I really felt my yoga get stronger. This cleanse is one is only a week but I thought that it would be interesting to see how my yoga fared. Well today (on Day 3), not so well. I had trouble controlling my breath and I sat down for half a posture. Is it because of the cleanse? Who knows. Could be due to my spin class the yesterday, stress or any number of things.  I do believe that hot yoga must help any cleanse, as you can sweat out more stuff you’re trying to get rid of and I learned 70% of toxins are removed through the lungs so I especially paid attention during the 2 breathing exercises.

We’ll see through the week is my yoga is declines or not. I’m drinking enough water to sink a ship so I certainly shouldn’t be dehydrated… Regardless, I am committed to my cleanse, which is an alkaline one, trying to lower acid/inflammation in the body. I often feel like when life gets more challenging and stressful, things like diet and exercise become all the more important as outlets of relief and ways to strengthen. Of course, it’s always during stress that I want chinese food and pizza, go figure.

I will say I had my best standing head to knee experience today (on one side), so although my practice overall was shaky, I did have one standout. How about you?

 

Namsate

End to the Cleanse

The cleanse is over ladies and gentlemen! Praise the most high!! I got a little sloppy the last day, however, overall happy.  I do feel a bit more refreshed, clear headed and hopefully all my vital organs got a break! Yesterday had lentil soup for lunch and some grilled fish for dinner. Had coffee this am (organic)…Later today, I think I’m going to have the eggplant parm I’ve been dreaming about. To offset that, I’m having green juice for breakfast and green juice tonight. Have a yoga class this evening, it’s the once a month class to music my studio does, so that’s a little more festive. I’ll be interested to see if my yoga strength picks up any now. I attributed sitting down in some postures to the low cal/low energy resulting from the detox.

Hoping to get in 4 yoga classes this week. In general, I’m holding steady. I still struggle to be judgement free and continue to have envy when I see people (especially new people) able to do things I still cannot. I know we are all different and that’s life…

Lately, balance seems to be a challenge, I’m falling out of bow a lot more than usual. On the plus side, I seem to be getting a tiny bit more flexible… finally! Compression postures are the devil to me (my gut seems to interfere) and I’m still trying to figure out how to include Spin into my routine.  It’s a good low impact cardio routine for me, although does seem to tighten up my already tight shoulders.

Have a great Friday everyone.

Cleanse Day 3

After 2 super hot and dizzy classes on my first 2 cleanse days, I’m taking today off and have a class slated for Tues. I was going to try to do a spin class tonight, however, decided just to rest and go to bed early (It’s 3:19 am I’m already tired!). I’m a little dizzy and can’t say I’m loving my protein shakes or my 4oz  of plain protein with salad. Yuck. I am adding in some green juice, just for energy.  A little nervous that come tomorrow  I’m going to collapse in a sweaty heap when standing bow pulling poses comes around (this seems to be the trend)… however, I’ve decided a partial yoga class is still better than no class, so I’ll give it my all.  I’m also a little more understanding of myself, although still frustrated when I need to take a break. Given this cleanse is fairly taxing, I’m pleased with attempting to do what I can. I  could be a little over hopeful, but I did think my rabbit pose was a tad bit easier, that’s one of the poses with weight gain I found to be much harder (my tummy gets in the way), so maybe dropping even a few pounds helps…

While on my cleanse, I’m learning some patience and discipline. I’m feeling a  few steps slower but still able to think. Here’s what I’m missing: FOOD! eggplant parmesan, Juice Press’s yummy vegan soups (especially cauliflower millet) and carbs of all varieties. I wouldn’t be surprised if I dream of pasta tonight!

Namaste.

Day 2 of Cleanse

So, made it class for Day 2 of my detox. Yesterday was rough as the class was packed and the room really hot. Today started a bit better although I was probably a bit tentative for fear of burning out before class was over. Oddly, I seemed to hear things better in class today or maybe it was just new things I heard. I got more clearly that the warm up Hands to Feet is more of a compression with chest on stomach and only pulling on legs when you have that first compression…of course, I still can’t place my hands under by ankles… (I got this tip earlier from Sefatia… check out her awesome blog… Yoga and Donuts )

Started to get in trouble around triangle. Sat out a set. It dawned on me the room was super hot. This was confirmed by some people leaving and the teacher saying the room was too hot. Finally right before camel the heat got fixed, however it had taken it’s toll. I sat out one set of camel and then trudged through the rest of class. Not by best, however, I can add it to the list of having made it.

The teacher in class said yoga is for the long haul and in my case at least, I think she’s right!

Namaste

Yoga and Cleansing?

So today I started a one week cleanse/detox that I’ve done before (I tried it right before I got married). The first two days are the hardest, where you’re basically just drinking juice. Then for 5 days you have 2 protein shakes (1 with greens) , some sort of berry drink and 1 meal which consists of greens/salad (no dressing) and 4 oz of protein (no oils). I’ve been struggling with weight I’ve gained (written about frequently here as it relates to my yoga practice) and so I thought this may help make a dent and motivate me. Obviously not a long term solution, however I’m willing to give it a try.

I took a yoga class this am. I thought since I am day 1 of very few calories, I’d probably be ok. I was a bit dizzier than normal, sat out 1 set of standing bow (that rarely happens!, one set of triangle and 1 set of head to knee after it) and it was hardly my best class, I did it though.

I’m a bit nervous for tomorrow as I normally take a 4pm class (I have my stepson with me all day) and I’m unsure how I’ll feel in the hot room with just 2 days of some juice!

I figure the rest of the cleanse I should be ok, since it’s more substantial, although I’ll find out. Anyone do a cleanse and Bikram before and can share any insights?

Namaste.