Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oooh, shiny!

Distractions are a major issue for me at Kitchen Yoga - Denver.  There's the dishes, the clutter, the bills, and oh my god, the cat!  Who let's a cat in a yoga room anyway?  That is so unhygienic; someone should speak to the management about it...

Oh, right.  I am the management!

Final Savasana with my Nina was super sweet and calming.

I added in Wind Removing Pose to today's class bringing me up to 14 poses.

Speaking of class, I really would like to go to teacher training next year.  Just putting that out there.  Even though it is very difficult to concentrate on yoga when I'm practicing at home, I already see the benefits.  I know it will put me in a better place with my practice when I get back to a studio.  I will be more disciplined and have a calmer mind for it.  I used to meditate on the Red Line and just about any other place I found myself needing a little calm and clarity.  I can push through the scattered brain that I get here and maybe even find the motivation to clean my kitchen...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Light a Match

I slept like a rock last night.  I didn't wake up once from my cat or my bladder, which is amazing.  It was overcast when I got up, which is a rarity for Denver, so I think that helped me sleep.  I didn't have work today, so no 14 miles on my bike, but I'm tired and sore anyway.  All I really want is a hot epsom salt bath; BioFreeze will have to do.  I'm going to raise the ante by one yoga pose.  I'm adding Eagle Pose to what I did yesterday because my traps are sore and that will help to stretch them.

Ready, set, go...

There's nothing like Pranayama breathing right after Nina took a dump!  Matches and a candle for tonight's Kitchen Yoga.

It's a big a temptation to skip the track when I am sore or just not wanting to do the pose.  When in class, you can't skip the teacher to the next pose so you might as well just do it.  I'm trying to resist the temptation.

Nina decided to lay under me during Standing Separate Leg Stretching and Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee poses.  She is not going to like me when I make her move for Fixed Firm.

13 poses and 2 breathing.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Set Reasonable Goals

I was running late for work and had to ride my bike again today.  That's another 14 miles and my legs were already sore from yesterday's ride and yoga.  I was fighting doing yoga today and trying to make excuses as to why I could skip my second day.  My legs are sore!  I need to eat beforehand!  I'm tired!  My floors are cold!  I told myself to shut up and choose less poses for today.  I thought that sounded better than not doing yoga at all.

Pranayama Deep Breathing-  Felt much smoother than yesterday.

Half Moon Pose-  Nina joined me on the mat for this one.

Standing Head to Knee Pose-  Nina proceeded to rub herself against my standing leg and her face against my lifted foot.  Giggles ensued.

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose- Nina laid down on the mat, meowed in my face, and judged my worth by the distance between my forehead and the mat.  The second set I made sure my forehead touched the ground and she cold shouldered me.

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose- Nina did not like when my hands came down near her so she clawed and bit at them.  I held my pose and she got pissed and sauntered off.

Tree Pose-  If I were allowed to pick a favorite, this might be it.  I did Toe Stand for second set.

Fixed Firm Pose-  Love me some fixed firm.

Half Tortoise Pose-  The stretch up through my shoulders feels great.

Camel Pose-  I can't hold it as long as Bikram talks but I will keep trying.  I was able to really shove my hips forward in the second set.

Rabbit Pose-  Next round I will wear a sports bra...

Head to Knee Pose-  I will keep my knee locked!  I had flashes from when I did my triple in the spring and how much fun this pose was by the third class.

Spine Twisting Pose-  Oh no wait, maybe this one is my favorite!

Blowing in Firm-  He claps too fast for the second set.

All told, twelve poses and two breathing.  Tomorrow there probably won't be a play by play because I will try to set a goal of more poses.  Now I am drinking my kale-apple-carrot juice that I made between dinner and yoga.  Oh, and I really need to clean the front of my stove it is really dirty!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Kitchen Yoga Challenge

I miss yoga.  I still can't afford to go to the Bikram studio here so I have decided to set a challenge for myself.  I will do yoga along to the CD every day for the month of January.  I am starting with the standing series and adding in as much of the floor series as I can each day.  I want to push myself but I need to balance it with staying motivated.  A lot of my motivation for daily practice at BYA came from my teachers and classmates.  I do not have that here so the main challenge will be finding that motivation alone in my cold kitchen.

Day 1
Standing Series
     Almost didn't do 2nd set of Balancing Stick and skipped second set of Triangle
Floor Series
     Fixed Firm, Half Tortoise, Camel, Rabbit, Head to Knee (one set), Spine Twisting
Hip stretch at end (Pigeon?)

Nina joined me for a Savasana and for Spine Twisting but I think she just wanted food.  I have total yoga brain right now and am reliving last night's toxins.  I am making scrambled egg tacos and am trying to down some water to help flushing my system.  My legs are shaky due to yoga and the 14 miles I road on my bike today.  One of my challenges will probably be finding the energy for yoga after a long work day and commute.  Today, I spent 4 1/2 hours organizing the boxes in the back room and unpacking as many of them as I could.  If I have the energy after eating, I will make kale-apple-carrot juice for dessert!