Yoga Report – and other little things

So, I yoga-ed again last night. It was good. I was able to do a lot more than Saturday (I’m sure the fact that I hadn’t recently consumed 4 drinks helped a lot). And, I got brave, and with some coaching from the instructor, tried some of the kneeling poses. I couldn’t do them all, and I stopped the minute there was any pain, but I was able to do some of them. And my knee didn’t hurt afterwards, either.

Ninety minutes is a LONG time, though. A very, very long time.

A few observations. Saturday morning, when I walked into the room, there were many heaters on, and it was hot. Yesterday when I walked into the room, the windows were open, and it was hot. Because it was over 100 degrees yesterday. The instructor (who was the same woman I had Saturday) did close the windows before class started, and by the end of class, it did feel nice to walk outside.

I am a bit sore today – mostly in my back, a little in my shoulders. It’s a good feeling. I also noticed how tight my hamstring still is. It’s been 6 weeks since I pulled it, but it’s not back to normal yet.

The smell bothered me a LOT more yesterday than it did on Saturday. On Saturday, I was able to get used to it once class started, but yesterday, I just kept getting a nose full. After class, the architect & I went out for beer (and water) and dinner, and I kept smelling it – even though I’d showered and everything. He says he couldn’t smell anything bad, so I’m guessing I didn’t stink, but still….I can kinda still smell it today.

I’m getting antsy to hear my MRI results, although I won’t until Wednesday. I’m hoping that they found nothing, I don’t need (kneed – hee) surgery, and that a couple weeks of physical therapy will have me running again. I left the house just after 6:30 this morning, and really, really wanted to go for a run. The temps were still under 70, and it just would’ve been so nice. Not running is really screwing with my eating (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited the candy dish in the last couple of weeks, even though I don’t really like candy, and if I’m going to do chocolate, I’ll go buy some organic 80% dark chocolate before eating a Milky Way). I’m concerned that if I don’t get back into good running habits soon, it’s going to be a hard winter. (It’s hard to start/re-start a running program in the winter when it’s cold & dark & wet. Better just to be in good habits already. If I just know that I will run for an hour/two hours on Saturday morning, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s like, but it’s harder to talk myself into it if it’s not a given.)

In exciting news, I got a bonus today! It was completely unexpected since the bonus came from the old job. I mean, I was there for the entire fiscal year, I just didn’t think I’d get the employee bonus because of the part where I’m no longer an employee.

I think I’ll buy a tree, a pedicure and a haircut. Oooh…and maybe a hoe. Because I’m crazy like that.

Recent Comments

  • Sarah
    August 15, 2008 - 9:47 am ·

    You know, I think that’s the #1 reason I couldn’t do the bikram yoga… bad smells bother me A LOT.

    • gazelle
      August 15, 2008 - 9:57 am ·

      I have certain smells that bother me more than others. The worst smell in the world (in my opinion) is burned toast. I don’t want to put people off trying Bikram, because it really is awesome, and the smell did not, I don’t think, detract from my practice. I was just more aware of it yesterday than my first time.

  • michelle
    August 15, 2008 - 10:04 am ·

    Good going on the yoga class, sorry about the smell though! That would be a big deterrent for me, unfortunately!

    I definitely agree that it is much harder to start a running program in the winter months. I am not looking forward to the cold running weather. Up on the boardwalk where i run, its always so windy and cold and just UGH!! Except of course when i witness a winter sunrise and then its all good again!!!!

    • gazelle
      August 18, 2008 - 8:31 am ·

      I feel bad, now, that maybe I have been discouraging about trying Bikram because of the smell.

      Running into a winter sunrise is pretty awesome.

  • Maris
    August 15, 2008 - 12:06 pm ·

    I hate hate hate being hot! I could never do bikram yoga; then again, I’m a yoga beginner so maybe some day!

    Congrats on the bonus!

        • gazelle
          August 18, 2008 - 9:05 am ·

          It’s a combination, I think. You definitely work up a sweat, and there are times my heart rate gets up there, but that’s not the main focus. It’s a lot of core & stability work, which is pretty cool (or hot, as the case may be).

  • P.O.M.
    August 15, 2008 - 3:57 pm ·

    Yep – sometimes it smells worse than others. Especially if you get next to a stinky guy. But part of the deal is trying to just get in your head and block out everything around you. It’s like running, some days you love it and some days you hate it. I had an awesome class this morning! Touched my forehead to the ground! Stayed in Triangle. Got a nice camel and rabbit in (My favorite poses now – used to hate them).

    Also, you will be amazed at what your body will start to do – it will open up for you. Before you know it – just give it a couple months.

    • gazelle
      August 18, 2008 - 8:32 am ·

      I am definitely giving it a couple of months- and I do enjoy it. I’m going back tonight, and Thursday, and Saturday.

  • MizFit
    August 15, 2008 - 4:06 pm ·

    buy a hoe 🙂

    90 min is SO LONG for me to be working out.
    went once to bikram and never looked back. pathetic, I know.

    (that and it’s 103 outside here so I can just do YOGA on the deck and it qualifies as bikram, right? :))

    • gazelle
      August 18, 2008 - 8:34 am ·

      I think that if it’s 103 outside, and you do yoga on your deck, it’s the same thing! 🙂

      I’m weird – I really prefer my workouts to be 90 minutes or longer (running, yoga, whatever), which is my problem now with the knee injury. I have trouble believing that a 30 minute walk has any benefit.

    • gazelle
      August 18, 2008 - 8:34 am ·

      I’m glad it wasn’t the hoe that was confusing. My property doesn’t have many trees, so I’m trying to replace my grass with trees, flowers & vegetables. And a fruit tree would be both pretty AND edible. 🙂

  • Crabby McSlacker
    August 16, 2008 - 7:55 am ·

    Unexpected bonus??? That’s so cool! Usually “unexpected” money things are bad news, that’s awesome!

    Will refrain from any ho/hoe jokes, though sorely tempted…

    • gazelle
      August 18, 2008 - 8:35 am ·

      I know! I checked my bank balance Friday, and was surprised by it – and it was the first time I’d been surprised by my balance in a GOOD way.

      You never have to refrain from ho(e) jokes with me!

    • gazelle
      August 18, 2008 - 8:35 am ·

      I didn’t go at all this weekend – am giant slacker! I hope it was good for you on Sunday, too! I will be there today at 4:30.

  • michelle
    August 18, 2008 - 8:52 am ·

    No don’t feel bad, i definitely want to try bikram yoga! I will try anything at least once, twice if i didn’t get it right the first time!!

    No worries!!

    I enjoy your blog!