a little yay, a little nay

roxtar in forward fold

Today while teaching yoga I taught a Mandala Namaskar series from Shiva Rea’s Fluid Power DVD and it was super fun! Well, at least I thought so. I got all sweaty, red in the face, and my sinuses started draining all over the place just teaching it. Just imagine what the students felt like. Oye. I thought, “I better not adjust people, they probably think I have snot on my hands from blowing my nose so much.” I asked the class “yay or nay” to the sequence and I got at least one nay. I just smiled and said, “Sorry, I’m the boss, deal with it.” Haha. Maybe I wasn’t that blunt.

It did get me thinking. I have often felt that way in yoga class, when I first started road biking, when I’m trying to figure out some obscure technology. That feeling of not exactly liking where you find yourself. It reminds me of road biking in Boise when I almost threw up once when trying to climb monstrous hills. It makes me smile to be able to experience this with my yogi friends on the mat. You may not like where I take you, but that’s life. Sometimes we don’t like where we end up. Sometimes we don’t need it, don’t want to be there, try to avoid it, or don’t understand it, but there we are none the less. These are my favorite parts of yoga, the life lessons that are buried in the difficult moments. If you continue to feel that uncomfortable in the situation, you can change it, but usually I find I get over it. I find something to enjoy. I breathe.

My Yoga Challenge is rocking along. I’m on day 11. Yesterday, I practiced like 10 minutes, but I also rode my bike, worked, and cooked dinner for friends. It’s not that hard to practice every day, if you stop putting crazy pressure on yourself to make every practice an epic one. Sometimes life just doesn’t have room for it. I’m really enjoying the process of learning before my training. Sometimes I just need to give myself deadlines to help me focus. I’ve got the two books that are suggested reading for my teacher training, they are intimidating me from my shelves right now, The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale and Chakras by Harish Johari. I have been sick for a week and have had a mild sinus headache for about 3-4 days. I am not one of those people who go to the doctor for a cold, unless it lasts longer than 2 weeks. I feel like it’s best to let my body heal itself on it’s own time frame. I’m planning on going to Circuit Training tomorrow at work and I’m sure it will be one of those moments where I won’t like it, won’t feel like I need it, and will try to avoid working hard during it. I know I’ll be glad I did it though. It will help me be strong for Sheevs in a few weeks!

Life is marching along. May we all do something we are uncomfortable with on a regular basis. It’s good for us. Kind of like eating broccoli when you’re a kid.

My favorite pose of the day: Forward Fold. These are some of it’s benefits.  Do it.

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stimulates the liver and kidneys
  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves, and hips
  • Strengthens the thighs and knees
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Reduces fatigue and anxiety
  • Relieves headache and insomnia
  • Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, infertility, osteoporosis, and sinusitis
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