Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Day 9 of 20 days of Bikram Yoga!
Today was great.
It was all about being gentle. I have strained the inside of a thigh muscle on my left leg. I know exactly how I did it. Coming out of a pose. How dumb is that?
The instructor today was exactly what I needed and I'm ashamed to say I can't remember her name. She kept saying "gently and slowly" which brought a whole new perspective on coming out of the poses. I was careful with myself. Not pushing too hard, because all of my back muscles were pretty sore last night and I could feel the strained muscle in my leg.
Coming out of the poses slowly and gently allowed me to actually finish each one strongly and yet carefully.
I still worked hard and sweated up a storm, but I wasn't exhausted at the end. Also, my balance was remarkably improved. I actually did the "twisty pose" also known as Eagle Pose (below)
once on each side without falling out. I hope that sticks. Of course, I didn't do it perfectly, but I did my version of it!
I heard a women, after class, say to someone, "Every session is different." I'm hoping my balance continues to improve and that is the difference for me.
I wonder if my focus was better today because I had the day off and didn't need to worry about rushing off to work afterward. It will be interesting to see how it goes tomorrow - on a regular work day.
Nine days has gone by quickly and enjoyably. I'm looking forward to day 10!