February 26th, 2011
Well, today was day 75 of my BIKRAM YOGA CHALLENGE. It has been a wild ride. But an enlightening one. I’ve been playing this down (mostly out of laziness about posting), but I’ve been doing a raw food challenge too. Not for as long. Just since the first of the year. But the combo has clearly been having an impact on the congestion in my body. This was a swiss chard roll with a little cucumber garnish I made last week. Another recipe from CHARLIE TROTTER’S BOOK.
This is the camel pose. It was my nemesis when I FIRST STARTED taking Bikram Yoga. I talked about it during my 15 seconds of fame (check out my interview). Did I mention that I’m the YOGI OF THE MONTH? Yep. AND I was on the NEWS DOING YOGA too. (I’m the one with the tattoo.) I’m going global!
I was telling my friend, WILL (who just finished 60 DAYS YESTERDAY) about this zen thing that kicked in right about the sixty day mark. It’s not that yoga got easier really. But maybe I was more indifferent to it. Or adapted to it. Or something. But it just started whizzing by. Instead of being kind of torturous. Maybe I’ve gotten in the moment? I think it coincides with me being more ‘tuned in’.
I’ve been starting to have interesting revelations about myself. This is my big one for this week. Bikram class has 26 postures and two breathing exercises. But those postures are broken down into series. There’s a standing series and a floor series. The last posture in the standing series is called Tree Pose. Every time I attempt that pose, I fall. The same way. It’s like I can get down into it, but once I’m there I realize that I’m extremely off kilter. And the inevitable happens. After this pose, we have a reprieve where we go into this pose, savasana (or dead body pose). Seems simple, right? WRONG! After I crashed and burned in tree pose the other day, I was lying there (just like this) thinking to myself, ‘Why does this happen every time? I don’t get it. I wonder if my alignment is messed up. Maybe I’m maligned and I’m not aware of it.’ Just as this thought was running through my mind, my yoga teacher (Martha) walked up to me and started adjusting my alignment!! How freaky is that? She said it’s actually gotten a lot better, and it was 50% worse when I started. I was shocked. My body is still in the shape of the IMPACT, and I was completely unaware. Amazing.
Last but not least, this is another deceptive pose. You basically lie on your stomach and raise one leg at a time to a 45 degree angle. Seems really straightforward, right? You would think so. But truth be told, I’ve swallowed my own barf TWICE now in this pose. I don’t know why this is, but my theory is that is kinda squishes your LIVER. And I have a BAD LIVER (This band was huge when I lived in Austin. Who knew I would one day be one of them).
That’s my update for now. I’ll check in with you later…