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Revisiting Resolutions: 30 days later

I skimmed a post I wrote a month ago and wanted to see how I’m faring. I’d say I’m not doing too great with items 1-3 and I am succeeding more with 4-5.

Go as often as possible: Like Lotto, you need to be in it to win it.

Follow up:  I still am not attending class as often as I’d like. I was easily hitting 4x a week over the summer and now I struggle for 3x. I know that’s sort of the Bikram minimum. Last week I only went 2x. This week, I’m slated for 3. I’m still behind from where I was with certain postures… So, I’m going to refocus on aiming for 4x week. I thought first thing in the am was best since it’s less likely to get canceled due to work or family issues, however, I’m struggling to wake up at 5:15 in the am, so perhaps I need to revisit.

Avoid judging myself in class. There is no shame in being a beginner.

Follow up:  I still am judging. I feel like my weight gain is making certain poses harder than before so then I tend to judge myself very harshly in class. Occasionally loathing comes in, most of it’s annoyance.

Smile and stay positive. When I fall out of a posture like Standing Bow, I tend to shake my head and get annoyed. What is that famous Bikram quote, “Falling out of a posture means you’re human. Getting back in means you’re a yogi.” I need to shift my attitude

Follow up:  Similar to above, I can get agitated, although I am working on this. First I smile and then I try to shake it off. As long as I trying (see last item), I don’t mind struggling

It’s ok to sit down if I need it. Then let it go. I’m not going to feel guilty if I need to sit out a posture occasionally. I just need to make sure I don’t get bad habits.

Follow up:  I have been able to do this. I rarely skipped any postures and now I tend to sit out one set (not 2)  of something usually right after triangle. I don’t want to get lazy, but if I need a break, I’m confident enough to take it. Sometimes the teachers say something, however, since I get back up right away, they seem to understand. I find it’s also made my effort throughout the end of class a bit better.

Do the work. When I’m in class, I need to be in the moment. Not thinking about dinner, vacation or work.

Follow up:  This is probably my most successful resolution thus far. I still need to work on it, however, my focus is better and I push harder. Maybe not as hard as I can all the time, but definitely an improvement.

Overall, a mixed bag after 30 days. I think working on making my attendance more consistent is my biggest priority. How often do you go to class?



Today’s observations

Since I was on a tirade earlier this week, thought I’d note some positives and honest observation about my practice and  class today…

I learn something new each class. Today was packed. I found a decent spot and tried to listen carefully. The teacher I had, in particular, is one of my fave and extremely helpful and informed.  I heard (although I’m sure it’s been said 100x) that in fixed firm, you place your elbows down, then your head (top and middle) and then your shoulders so you get a stretch first. While  I may have heard this before, it registered today.

The teacher mentioned me by name and the feedback was always helpful. Plus two compliments.  Whoo hoo.

Did all poses except one set of the pose after triangle-separate standing head to knee (where my head never reaches my knee anyway)

My toe stand has clearly declined since my attendance has dropped and been less steady. Have to work on that.

Rabbit has become near impossible with weight gain. My stomach just gets in the way and it’s challenging to do the pose properly. No one to blame but me here.

The girl in front of me sweat on my mat and my hand towel. I know that’s nothing unusual but I still get creeped out by any sweat other than my own.

I think I’ve forgot to mention but I also stink at the final pose-spine twisting. My arm doesn’t move past my knee and I think I have stayed very remedial here for months. I think b/c it is the last pose and I’m so grateful that I often thing class is over vs. really focusing here. Must focus on that.



I Have a Dream: Full Camel

Here’s the irony. Like many, I struggle with Camel.  I’m already spent by the time Camel comes a calling and I generally feel extremely crappy after. Just leaning back and I’m in trouble. Dizzy and nauseous. Chest up and push hips forward. Again. I’m happy when some teachers make it quick and I lament when others hold it for a minute.  I hate when teachers rush me into savasana when I’m trying to get my bearings after the posture. It certainly doesn’t come easy to me and my back is hardly super flexible. My favorite part about it is generally it means only 15 minutes left of class…

So… what do I pick at my fave ultimate pose: FULL CAMEL. O the irony!!  I love the way it looks. Amazing. I  have a friend studying to be a (Baptiste) yoga teacher and she says it’s all in the back and that it feels as uncomfortable as camel.  Hmmm. Whether I’ll ever be able to do Full Camel is another story, however, I dream about it. More importantly, I do sometimes use it as motivation for myself when it’s camel time…

Do you have a dream posture and does it inspire you?