I had a kick-ass class today. We even ended in applause, which I think we should be doing every single time we make it through a class. This was one of those WOO! YEAH! classes.
I went in well-hydrated, well-rested, and with an empty tummy (I ate 4 hours prior to class, which seems to be my sweet spot). With all the appropriate readiness, I was waiting for the class to suck (because sometimes the Universe has a sense of humor that differs from my own). My only hiccup was that I couldn’t catch my breath during the standing series. All things considered, it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen.
First thing I walked up to the studio where two gals were waiting outside. They professed to be newbies and started the questioning process. It was kind of awesome! First thing I said was to take it easy and lay down when needed. I told them that the heat really fucks with your head – and that’s to be expected. Sip your water, don’t gulp. Be prepared to sweat bullets. Stay in the room. They had lots of good questions and did a FANTASTIC job – both with the poses and with taking care of themselves.
Jenny was teaching, and she’s so great with the newbies (and the rest of us). I just can’t say enough awesome things about her. Plus, she’s generous with the fans. Bless her.
Other noticings: I drank my entire water in class today (1L). I *never* drink that much in class. I usually bring my liter bottle of ice water, drink 1/4 in class and then the rest on the way home. I must have been a thirsty birdy in there, and part of me wonders if this is at all related to the feeling of not catching my breath. Hmm.
Pranayama Breathing: Couldn’t catch my breath – was sneaking air in like a naughty girl. It was freaking me out a little.
Half Moon: My half moons are getting better. I’m not getting the “crunch” feeling on my compressed side anymore. I’m thinking ahead about keeping my hips and shoulders in one line as I go down initially, which really is helping with the stretch/compression part. And my backbend is getting really satisfying! I’m not at 90 degrees yet, but today I really felt my lower back release. I dipped down enough that sweat was rolling into my eyes from my cheeks and not from my forehead. It’s happening!
Standing Forehead to Knee: I’m getting closer and closer to not needing my towel to grab my foot. I tried it without the towel, but then my knee is cocked out to the side pretty significantly (because it has to go around my belly). I struggle with knowing what’s right: I’ve got better form when I use the towel, but am I really “trying the right way?” Dunno.
Standing Bow: While I’m super proud that I can reach my own feet and can stretch forward, I’m not making any further progress. I fall out over and over and just keep getting back in. I don’t know if the issue is in my standing leg or in the kicking leg and stretching forward part.
Balancing Stick: My balancing stick is improving. I can tell I’m doing a decent job on this one. It’s just so exhausting.
Standing Separate Leg Stretching: This one is so intense. My left hamstring has felt a little weak and angry lately, so it’s not been as deep over the last few classes.
Triangle: Whew! Felt good today. Very slowly building strength here.
Tree: I’m having trouble with tree lately. My foot keeps slipping out even though I use a towel to hold it. My leg resists being up there so much that my hand can’t overcome and hold it there for the entire pose. WTH?
Dead Body: I’m pretty much a champion at this – maybe not in form, but I am still and present.
Cobra: My cobra is getting good. I’m really feeling it now.
Full Locust: My thoughts before about preparing my legs like cobra before flying were correct on this second attempt. Thighs up, flying!
I think that’s it. Going to hit the 6:30 w/ Brianna tomorrow night.