Posted 06 August 2010 - 07:26 AM
i have been pretty dedicated for the past 2 months. i found a new studio in town (the root in el paso) and my teacher is pretty great. he is a young dude. just starting out. trying to make it. i like that. the studio is in the basement of this really cool old building in downtown el paso. i am sure that pancho villa passed through this building at one point. it is weird to think that the peace and serenity of el paso (it is one of the safest cities in the u.s) is just blocks away from the insane violence in ciudad juarez (one of the most dangerous cities in the world).
the practice is hatha. it gets pretty warm in the studio in the 90 minutes of practice. I have been going 3-4 days a week for the last 2 months. it feels great. sweat feels great. i have discovered the usefulness of the hand towel. there is this "blue thing" () that i have been seeing when i close my eyes and get that inhale WAY down deep into my diaphragm. so serene. it has been balancing out the vigorousness (is that a word?) of the sessions. on the flip side, i almost fell out of a handstand into a table full of tea cups tonight (they have tea ceremonies there sometimes). maybe i'll mat-down on the other side of the room tomorrow.
i hope you don't see this post as too indulgent. something is firing in my practice and it just feels good to share it.
another digression: it is nice to post once again. it is amazing to see that this thing keeps snowballing. boardies. awesome.
Posted 07 August 2010 - 04:19 AM
it semi-amazes me at how much more intense this practice is compared to any of my home practice. i dont think that i have ever broken too much of a sweat out in the pool house watching yoga today [(((adi amar)))] podcasts. but this practice--WHOA_---buckets of sweat. i love the "hurts so good" moans from the class when the teacher has us hold chair pose for that extra beat. i love the new dude who fell asleep in savasana last week. i love the 2 chubby sisters that are regulars and they dont speak english and they giggle all the time. they bring this great energy to class.
it is so strange that actually making the commitment to go to class for the first time is so hard. once you go you realize that most people in class are in the same boat as you. bad, good or great at yoga but really eager to learn.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 07:46 PM
Tomorrow morning I plan on waking up, walking up a mountain while everyone else is sleeping, and then walking back down to make some coffee. How is that for a plan?
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Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:27 PM
Dancer pose felt pretty great. My balance was there and that let me get deeper into the pose. I felt "not myself". I love balance.
This might sound kinda gross but it felt pretty cool: the sweat drying on my face when I was in savasana. Tingly and tight. It was a cool sensation.
I am skipping tonight so that I can ride in a Critical Mass. My teacher is going to try to catch up to us after his class tonight but something about going from blissed out yoga to riding bikes around with 100+ hipsters seems kind of confusing to me so I am just opting for the ride (it only happens once a month).
Posted 01 September 2010 - 06:32 PM
Definitely drifted off during savasana last night. I was somewhere.
I recently had to pass up a 4 week work trip to India. I told my instructor about that last night and how bummed I was and he said that he would bring India to me. That was nice.
Other than that, the usual. Sweaty. Chaturangas were REALLY good last night. Definitely got the "yoga shoulder" thing going on (now if I could only do something about this belly of mine. . .)
Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:02 PM
Sums- I'm glad you're taking it easy. Definitely good to ease in gradually then doing too much too soon.
My studio has been closed all week so I'm jonesing for a good class. I've been running a lot so could really use it. Guess I'll just wait until next Wednesday at lunch to get my ohm on.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:55 PM
I wore one of my tech-y running shirts last night and that really made a difference (sweat dried faster). Important information!
Enough about sweat.
The bike ride home felt pretty great. The nights are getting pretty cool here in the desert. We are coming up on the best time of year here, weather-wise (October!)
Not sure if I am going tonight. Friday classes are an hour earlier. I might just get a Ruination bomber and drink it on the front porch. Just as good for the soul (sometimes).
Posted 15 July 2011 - 03:47 AM
Oh, and I can rock the shit out of boat pose:
One other thing: 'Yoga shoulder'?
Posted 15 July 2011 - 03:36 PM
Put another way: If you lined up 10 people in tank tops: 5 that practiced yoga and 5 that didn't, I be you would be able to tell who was who just by looking at their shoulders. Yoga Shoulder!
Posted 16 July 2011 - 05:48 AM
Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:41 AM
That first feeling when you walk outside afterward --and your skin tightens up and the salt on your skin cakes up. . . no other feeling like it!
I have that immediately following my triathlons...you could use me as a salt lick. I did find it difficult, but am going to stick with it as I need to get comfortable in the heat/humidity. I can imagine El Paso would be the same. Would love to come visit some time.
Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:24 PM
I do yoga at home these days b/c I just don't have the $ for classes. I was really fortunate to get a good foundation with a very attentive teacher so that I know how to correct myself in most poses. I miss having the big wall of mirrors, but having to FEEL my body's alignment rather than checking it visually has brought me more awareness, so I guess there is a good side to that.
Now I just have to start up my meditation practice again... I am going to make the time for that starting this afternoon.
Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:59 PM
If I can't feel it then I just go deeper, hold the pose for longer, re-align until it feels right. I guess that is one of the benefits of not wearing your glasses during a yoga class - I have come to depend more on how my body feels in the poses than being able to check the mirrors. Of course, having a hardcore instructor that corrects even your fingers in the pose helps make that body memory stick, too!