This week I’m being stretched in a variety of new ways; the yoga has gone well. I feel like I’ve got a rhythm to it now, but the first few back-to-back days weren’t easy. Then, I took a class and noticed we were almost done. We were getting out of camel pose and had 10 minutes left; I wondered how that had happened. I was present; I simply wasn’t in pain.

Bikram apparently tells a tale that when you are in pain during his class, it is a reminder that nothing can take away your happiness. One silly 1 minute pose standing on your toes with all your weight pushing forward? It is still just one silly minute. Breathe and before you know it, you won’t remember the pain.

If you are interested in reading more about Bikram yoga, Oprah Magazine has been featuring it for the last two months. My studio sent out these links and I thought her story was sad and empowering. Month 1. Month 2.

My Bikram tip for the week is to remember to always wash your face before class. There is nothing more frustrating than being in a pose and fully concentrating when you have to stop because mascara has run into your eyes and is screaming for attention. My studio provides face wash in the bathroom and I’m sure to use it now before each session.

There wasn’t a whopping weight change on the scale this morning, and to be honest — that’s okay. I know I am stronger this week with 8 classes under my belt so far than I was last. Plus, the sleeping issues have me over-compensating with food, as I’m prone to do when I can’t figure out why I feel gross. Granted, mint chocolate chip doesn’t give me extra rest, but it certainly does give me a smile.

The stretching professionally and personally continues too; it’s in these times, when I feel a bit uncomfortable, that I know I’m learning something.

Sometimes I’m learning I need another scoop.


11 Replies to “Stretch”

  1. A wise friend (you) once gave me a piece of paper with this quote on it: “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

    Glad you had a good week.

  2. Way to go Kelli! I love that you are exploring yoga. I have practiced it off and on for years and have always loved it. I’m horrible at it, but I do love how breathing can change everything.

    Keep up the great work. 🙂

  3. After reading your posts and the article on Oprah, doing daily yoga will be my next 30 day goal. I’ve had it on my list of “to dos” for over a year now, and haven’t gotten around to it. I think this is what (after the 30 day workouts, and 30 day health kicks) will complete the transformation. 🙂

  4. I cannot even imagine doing Bikram yoga and give you kudos for sticking with it. You go girl! I am just glad that I squeeze in gentle yoga most weeks. My goal is to make it a routine in my life…one that I won’t let anyone take from me…no matter how “good” the other thing going on appears.

  5. Hi Kelli,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and I love hearing from another Arizonan.. I’m a Tucson native who moved to Portland, OR about 5 months ago, and what an adjustment it’s been! It’s great to get a glimpse back into Arizona life through your blog.
    I like to hear what is going on with the community garden you are involved in, as I work with community gardens here in Portland. I’m doing a year with Americorps, working at Village Gardens, a nonprofit that does community gardens and various other social programming in low-income neighborhoods.
    Anyway, keep up the good work with the yoga! I love yoga, but I’ve never tried bikram, and don’t think it would be quite my thing. 🙂

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