February 13, 2012

30 Days of Yoga: Day 20

Eagle Pose. I'm never really sure how high my elbows are suppose to be here?

Well, can you believe I've actually hung on this long? I have to admit I've kind of surprised myself. There are some days were I'd really just rather loaf around. However, I've found guilt to be a powerful motivational factor. I know that there's really no reason to miss a day, and that if I did so I'd be letting myself down - and would also be sad to report it to the internet. As a result, there are many nights when I've found myself in the living room with my yoga towel at 11pm going through at least 30 minutes of Vinyasa.

It's become rather cold up here in New York, it's only 15 degrees right now and has only been in the 20s during the day. As a result I've been pretty anti-social, holed up at home and avoiding going outside...which is kind of silly because I ended up buying an unlimited month long membership to E-studio. E-studio is a nice little yoga studio, where the people are friendly, the patrons mostly suburban stay at home moms, and the classes are about 80 to 85 degrees. It's a nice little place to go, although my heart still belongs to Saratoga Hot Yoga. So, I think I've been dragging myself out of the house around 2-3 times a week to attend an actual studio class.

As I've mentioned before, I use to think yoga was really stupid, until I took a hot yoga class, then I thought just regular non-heated yoga was kind of stupid, but after this self challenge, I think I've become a fan of all types of yoga. I was surprised to see that 30 to 40 minutes of yoga at home on my own actually made a difference.

So far I've supposedly lost somewhere around 4lbs. I'm a bit skeptical of this, because I find it hard to believe. However, my pants definitely feel better, pants that use to be tight are now comfortable again, so I am definitely making progress.

Weight-loss aside, some significant changes are that I can hold crow for quite a white, can move from crow to chaturanga, and have even manged to pull off flying crow. Kind of a big deal, considering I could do none of these a few weeks ago.

I talked about the Dagmar Spremberg youtube video that I had been doing, and I've branched out and have adding her two other videos into my at home yoga rotation. I really enjoy her classes. They are very relaxing, but still make a difference in your day and body. Also the way she pronounces "root" as "woot" is awesome, her accent is so lovely.

Here are her other classes, which I highly recommend (and are mostly intermediate):



 



P.S. Let me just say that at first I thought it was really vain and stupid of me to be taking pictures of myself during yoga, but afterwards it was excellent because it showed me that poses I thought were awesome could in fact use a lot of work. For instance, my dancer's pose, which I thought I was rocking is totally wrong. Disappointing realization, but at least I can work on it.

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