16 April 2008

Yoga is the new Blog

It seems that my spare time habits have changed; instead of blogging, I'm going to yoga. Specifically, Bikram yoga.

My goal is to go a minimum of four days per week, with no longer than a three day stretch in between classes. That seems attainable, I mean, it's only four days a week. But at 90 minutes a class the time adds up fast, especially when you add in travel time to and from, getting there early to get a decent spot and warm up, showering and laundry afterward - not to mention it's a 90 minute workout in a room heated to 105 - that tends to leave one feeling somewhat done for the day.

However, that's all starting to change. My last five classes have left me feeling quite energized afterward and considering those last five classes were within seven days, I'd say that's pretty good. Only a month ago that kind of schedule was killing me.

In addition to increased energy, I've noticed other changes.

I don't feel stressed out, I easily fall asleep at night and I feel better about myself. My posture is much improved; in fact, I lost my title as The Hunchback of East Carondelet. I'm getting stronger, carrying heavy things with ease and without getting winded. I'm much more flexible. I can run faster and farther, feeling more gazelle-like and less fat-ass-like. Though I haven't lost any weight to speak of, my clothes are definitely fitting looser. My ass looks better and I actually have muscle definition in places like my arms, legs and stomach. I've noticed changes in my appetite, too. I get full faster and then feel hungry sooner; my body is naturally forcing me to eat three small meals and a couple of snacks a day.

Besides all of this, my yoga skills are improving, too. I'm most proud of the fact that in the last few classes I've been rocking out my trikanasana. It wasn't until my fourteenth class that I could successfully hold the pose without either my weak legs giving out or my left hip popping, immediately followed by a really weird sensation in my hip, thigh and butt cheek, causing me to fall out of the pose. Sure, I have lots of room for improvement but considering the laundry list of progress I've noticed in only 18 classes, I'd say my yoga habit is off to a strong start.

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Listening to: NIL8 - Switch Drops
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6 comments:

  1. Wow! I went to a few classes a couple of years ago, but clearly I should've stuck with it instead of wimping out like I did. Is James as dedicated to the Bikram Yoga?

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  2. @marriage-101 Yes, James goes, too. He tries to go at least 3 days per week, in addition to jogging and biking.

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  3. You must have gone to more than that number of classes -- I've already been to 12! I plan to blog about it soon too, I dred going before class but I leave class happy that I went.

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  4. @SusanIsk - Last night's class was number 18. Yes, technically I have been to more classes, but I didn't go for four or five months so I started my count over.

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  5. I've wanted to try yoga for awhile now. My physiotherapist used to give me crap about how stiff I was in general when working on me. I'm planning on trying it out at least when I get WiiFit next week.

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  6. Here in Italy we need a lot of Yoga now :(

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