In 2014, I want only one thing for my yoga practice: To be consistent. I just want to go Bikram yoga 3-5 times a week. That’s it.
I enjoy other people’s exercise and health blogs, so I thought it’d be fun to write a weekly yoga practice update, except that I’m a not a very good little blogger so occasionally I will cram a couple of weeks in one update. Sorry, or whatever.
It’s been a weird couple of weeks with very infrequent yoga classes. Only this week I really landed back in Bikram Yoga Rotterdam and I’m still not completely back in the game. Here’s what happened.
WEEK 5 On Thursday night, a ‘quick drink’ with coworkers and students turned into a 4-hour long fun fest with lots of wine involved.
But on Friday, with pounding head and a liter of water I tagged along to Amsterdam with Manfriend and took a yoga class at Forty Degrees. Huub is one of the best Bikram yoga teachers I’ve ever encountered so class was intense, but good. I want to go to his studio more often.
The rest of the weekend, no luck. Or better said, no effort on my part. I hung out with Manfriend and with my laptop for writing activities. And Tumblr.
WEEK 6 The week after wasn’t any better, I was distracted with work and my yoga month card expired on the Tuesday. I did do yoga in Paris, though, so that was pretty cool.
WEEK 7 I went back to yoga on the Wednesday after Paris, to the 17:45 class. During class I had a pretty tough time as it was, but afterwards ALL the symptoms of a hellish cold hit me at once.
I had been suppressing a cold since before Paris, and it totally came out along with the sweat. I was a sniveling, shivering mess with a headache within the hour, so from thereonout I worked from home (except for one meeting) and from the couch. That weekend was used for recovering and hanging out with friends.
WEEK 8 Not exactly as good as I wanted it to be, but I’ll take it.
I took a 15:30 class on Tuesday. It was really tough mentally, and then physically. I wasn’t able to do shit during the floor series and stayed in Savasana (rest) for the majority of them. I did feel fine afterwards.
The 17:45 class on Wednesday was interesting. Lydia (studio owner) taught and she was ON MY ASS* in Cobra and Camel pose.
When I was doing cobra she called out my name and to “go higher, go higher, push further, get your belly button off the floor, higher, higher, higher! Go!”
I felt like the back of my head was going to touch my ass — it really wasn’t but it WAS one of the deepest and satisfying backbends I’ve ever done. Second set, same thing. Lydia stood next to me this time as I tried to do everything she said in first set. I could feel my entire spine just doing what it had to. It was awesome.
Same with Camel. Lydia noticed I wasn’t going in as deep as I can and told me to grab my feet. So I did. More satisfying back bending ensued.
I’M STILL WEIRD ABOUT IT And it’s pissing me off. I am getting better at making it A priority but not THE priority, but I still feel anxious when I don’t go for a few days. And that makes me not go, and before I know it I’m all weird about it again.
I don’t know why I can’t just go, like regular people. I really want that.
Luckily I get to try again every week, and I do have a small idea on how to battle against my self sabotaging this week. I’ll keep you posted.
*When I say that a yoga teacher is on my ass it means he or she giving me a hard time, which I actually really appreciate. When they’re on my ass, this means they notice I can do something better than how I’m doing it and that they take the time and effort to help me.