Yoga produces sweat and tears

Tonight I attended Forrest Yoga. It was the last class being taught by Kristen. She is opening her own yoga studio and will be concentrating on opening that in the next two months or so.

Forrest Yoga is an amazing and intense experience. Some of it I really enjoy. Some of it I could pass on. With any yoga class, but for me especially with Forrest Yoga it can be an emotional experience. I think as you are learning about your body while doing some intense stuff and releasing toxins while dripping sweat can all add to that experience.

Today was a slightly tough day for me. Work was fine. I actually got more completed than I thought I would, which happens a lot when I work from home. And I am actually a little excited about one of the many projects I am working on right now.

Joey, my 17-year-old man furbaby, had an appointment at the vet this morning. Joey needs a check up every six months because he is an old man. He gets his geriatric profile and diabetic testing.

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It’s about taking care of me again

Tonight I attended the Friday evening Forrest Yoga class. It was a sweaty class with warm air flowing around. Bleh. But the heat really helps you release toxins and get in poses more deeply.

I usually work from home on Fridays. And I did today. I was on a roll with what I was working on. And frankly, I just have a lot of projects going on right now. I could have just kept working.

But I told myself I needed to take care of me and take a break and have an amazing practice.

I am so glad I did. Forrest Yoga is a little different than other yoga practices. Some of it is a little funky. But for the most part I enjoy the practice.

We hold poses longer. We have active feet. We really focus on Ujjayi breath. The instructor comes around and helps everyone get into a pose better or more actively. Today the class was pretty full so the attention to each student wasn’t as much. But I got attention from her at least twice, maybe three times. And once I even got a neck massage. Oh yea!

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Backing off minor injury is healing

On Thursday night in yoga while either doing Lizard pose or what the teacher funnily called Screaming Pigeon (against the wall) I pulled my hamstring in my right leg.

I took a Vinyasa class Friday morning. Most teachers will ask before a class starts if anyone needs to talk to them about anything going on with their body. I mentioned my pulled hamstring and that it happened the night before. She said it was good that the injury just happened, which meant I could easily take care of it. Rachel suggested I back off a pose when I felt strain and in the standing poses to make sure my knee was slightly bent to avoid strain.

I was careful during that yoga class and I didn’t cause anymore injury to myself and felt great after the class. I had dinner plans so I wasn’t able to make my the Forrest Yoga class at 5. I liked Rachel’s class. I definitely plan on taking it again when my schedule allows it.

On Saturday during spin I never felt a pull on my hamstring. I did a a few times in abs class, believe it or not. And luckily … Continue reading

Gettin’ sweaty for the holiday

For the holiday, Namaste had just one class today. The normal Monday 10 a.m. class was held today, which I can’t normally attend because of that work thing. It was Power Vinyasa.

Wow, I thought the Forrest Yoga class on Friday was hot and sweaty. But class today was the sweatiest yoga class I have taken.

It was a good class. There was a lot of movement and it was tough. Those are the best kind of classes.

Now I can eat my tacos and drink my beer later with less guilt. 🙂 (The parents of one of our friends who recently got engaged is having an engagement party later today. No barbecue today–but tacos. We are OK with that. Yum!)

Today marks Day 13 of exercise in a row. Let’s see how long I can go before I break the trend. I do believe you need a day off from exercise. And I do strive to work out 4-6 times a week, always hoping for 6 times a week with a day off. But I feel good with my schedule right now.

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Sweaty Friday evening & Saturday, Sunday mornings

Since getting back from vacation I got back to my exercise routine pretty quickly. The careful caloric intake came on the following week and I think I have done pretty OK this past week.

The past 12 days I have exercised. And I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon, though I am sure something will come up.

Friday evening I went to my regular Forrest Yoga class. That class is normally a pretty sweaty class. The class on Friday was the sweatiest yoga class I have ever taken. Wooo!

Saturday was my regular two hours at the gym: spin; abs/core; and body conditioning. That’s always a tough and hard workout with lots of sweat. Lately by abs I am already starving from all the calorie burning.

Today Vinyasa Yoga class was pretty small. It is summer, it is a holiday weekend and it was a gorgeous day. But I try to keep with my routine. If it is a gorgeous day it’s not like I am gonna go for a hike or a bike ride. I will, however, sit outside at Barclay’s with Curt and have brunch and a beer.

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Exercise back in full swing after vacation hiatus

Since Wednesday I have been on track with the exercise (the food is another story, but it usually is).

I had planned to hit Vinyasa Yoga class (and take my mom) on Sunday. But we had flight issues and instead of coming in Saturday night about 8 p.m. we came in on Sunday at almost midnight.

I wanted to go to the noon spin class on Monday. But I felt pretty wacked out and I didn’t want to drive anywhere. So I just hung around the house doing laundry, going through the mail and paying bills and watching TV.

Wednesday was Hatha Yoga with Baxter. Man, I really love that class. Baxter is great. Thursday I did the spin bike in the work gym. I only had time for a 30-minute workout as I had something to do after work. But 30 minutes is better than nothing. Friday was Forrest Yoga with a sub. I normally like the regular teacher. But I think I liked it even better with the sub. That was an intense class. I could feel my thighs and shoulders today. And, of course, today, spin; abs/core; and body conditioning. I almost ditched the third class. But … Continue reading

Yoga is constantly challenging me

I attended my regular Friday night Forrest Yoga class. Man, that class is intense. Such an amazing and sweaty workout. I made some new discoveries with my practice today. While in Dolphin Pose, Kristin gives us the option to do Dolphin and then two variations of Dolphin, each a level higher than the next. I usually just choose to do Dolphin as that pose is pretty intense. But today I decided to try Dolphin with one leg up in the air. It felt good.

There are times when the instructors show the class a pose and then ask the students do it. Most of the time they are rather challenging and I scoff at them–especially the arm balances. But today I took on the more advanced Dolphin.

And I recently felt confident enough to attempt Bird of Paradise. We usually start in a lunge while in the bind and then step the back foot forward and then bring the other foot up. Of course, I don’t look like the woman in the link I provided. I am at about Step 4 in that pose series. We did that pose tonight as well. I am so happy with myself … Continue reading

My intention, energy are with Dorothy

For those of you who don’t follow me on my personal blog, Twitter or Facebook you haven’t heard me talk about my friend Dorothy.

Dorothy is a journalist friend of mine who traveled to Syria last Friday to cover the events happening there. She was detained by the Syrian government and her family has not heard from her since she landed.

Tonight I practiced Forrest Yoga at Namaste near my house. When I was setting my intention today I focused it on Dorothy. And I really worked on my breathing today. In Forrest Yoga you focus a lot on ujjai breath. That technique of breathing can be very powerful. I could feel the intensity today. This week and last week I started noticing myself being able to maintain ujjai breath while in inhaled as well, which is more difficult than when exhaling.

I was also able to feel some emotions during the practice. That was really intense and overwhelming but in a good way. Kristin, the instructor, reminded us to let out our emotions during our practice. It is an amazing feeling.

Dorothy, you are in my thoughts every day. Please come home … Continue reading

Improving yoga poses, practice

Yup, another yoga post. Who knew I could write so much about yoga?

I have been practicing yoga semi-regularly for about four years now. There are poses that I feel I have made vast improvement with and others that come more easily. And there are those that are still difficult for me to do.

Until yesterday I didn’t realize I had been doing Upward Facing Dog incorrectly this whole time. Once Kristin, my Forrest Yoga instructor, pointed it out I made the correction. And I have to say it is much more intense and difficult than it was before.

I love that I am always learning something more about the practice of yoga, myself and my capabilities. I credit this to taking a variety of yoga classes with a variety of instructors.

The classes I am regularly taking right now are Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Forrest Yoga. I would also like to regularly add the Restorative Yoga class as well.

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Adding positive energy with singing

I worked from home today, which worked out pretty well. I got a lot of work done and was able to “sleep in” until 6:30. I have been getting up at 5 a.m. for work these days.

I was able to take the 5 p.m. Forrest Yoga class. I am really getting into this type of yoga. It is intense and amazing and spiritual and sweaty and cleansing and really works the abs and has you hold poses and works on your breathing.

Today before class started we sang. We sang a song from Chenoa Egawa. I couldn’t find the exact song. But listen to a few of the samples and you will get the idea. The instructor had mentioned that if you were in some kind of not good or happy or positive mood this song would change it immediately. It was fun.

I felt truly amazing after class. The feelings and sensations are hard to describe.

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