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Recently I have started doing Bikram Yoga 5 times a week with 2 saunas per week and I have been going through a lot of changes in all areas that I would like to spend some time reflecting on.

 

Physical-

My body LOVES yoga. I feel AMAZING after a yoga class. For the first time in my life I am enjoying physical activity and sweating. This has literally never happened before. However, I have noticed that the heat and the practice is getting more challenging, rather than easier. I am not sure why, I physically feel more fit and and aware of my body much more.

 

Diet-

At first I was starving, I wanted to eat everything and anything. I decided to put my raw goals on hold and chose to have some "healthy" vegan options to supplement this new found hunger. However, today I suppressed my desire for a Giant Green Smoothie and opted for the easier healthy vegan burritto option. Bad decision. I ended up throwing it up. I think that my body is adjusting to the additional activity and is returning to set point for calroie intake. I also have to eat much less before a yoga class, so that I can put my all into that class. I have found that lighter fruits have really been the ticket for my pre-work out snack or just water if it is in the morning.

 

Emotions-

Camel Posture is so hard for me. You are opening your heart up to the sky and releasing your feelings to the world. I feel so vunerable it makes me nausious. I have even started crying during this pose without really bending into it that much at all. Also, as starting yoga I have found my "cheese addiction" so much easier to get control of. I dont want to eat that because my compassion is now stronger than my desires.

 

Connecting the Dots-

I think that things are all really coming together for me. Dr. Graham says health cannot be acheived without physical activity. For me my diet, my happiness, and my body are really coming together now that I have introduced yoga. I dont know if yoga is the solution for everyone, but for me it has really been the keystone to me to start putting together the puzzle of my health. I am just so thankful and grateful to my yoga studio and instructors for helping kick off my total health package. I also recognize that it was the diet/lifestyle changed that attracted me to yoga in the first place.  I am finally finding how to balance my world and it feels amazing.

 

The take home message-

Even in the midst of finishing Graduate School, Writing my thesis and working full time I was able to find my center. I feel so proud, strong, focused, and driven. I am grateful to all of those who have inspired me and helped me find my route to happiness. I thought I was "too busy" but really finding balance puts everything into perspective. I love my life and so can you :) Life is a journey and reflecting on mine has really brought me to this place where I can forgive my misteps and embrace the things I have learned, pushing my heart and mind to a new place, forging a new path. For the first time taking this new path is not scary, it is exciting and I am thrilled to see what comes next <3

 

Thanks for reading :)

 

Namaste

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Comment by mary on February 25, 2012 at 7:23am

Sometimes I cry in yoga too.  So does my roommate.  You are not alone. 

Comment by Sandra Cyr on February 23, 2012 at 3:46pm

Thank you for sharing this with us Namaste. I am at the beginning of what I like to cal my "raw food transition". I am looking for answers that I am not finding from the traditional medical world. Each day I am inspired by the words and experiences of others. I work full time as a Home Care Nurse and see such poor health out there it is sad and scarey to think that a lot of it can be prevented by what we put into our bodies. I am also a person who is diagnosed with a chronic illness "Lupus". Right now, I am on so much medication "poison" that I literally feel toxic. I want to change my life permanently and I truly believe that living raw is the way to do it!!! So thank you so much for sharing and I hope to one day try yoga....and maybe that day will come sooner rather than later!

Sandra

Comment by Brea Garner on February 23, 2012 at 3:36pm

Wow Saunas and Bikrams! You go girl! Sweat it out! That is so fantastic, I'm proud of and inspired by you. I'm doing school right now too and it's really exciting for me to see others doing it all, and in such a hardcore way too. I'm doing 3 classes right now, working my way up to  5 classes by the start of next year. How many classes do you do? Congratulations on all that you do!

<3

B

Comment by Mallory Macy on February 23, 2012 at 2:35pm

Thanks Peggy! I hope you have a great practice today <3  Namaste!

Comment by Peggy Speir on February 23, 2012 at 2:25pm

Awesome. 3 years ago I joined up for 30 day yoga challenge at a hot yoga studio. I have done yoga for 20 years but never this intensely. I found myself crying in certain poses - OUT OF NOWHERE. Other days I would skip out ready for another class. When that 30 day was over, I joined a second 30 day challenge. Things got easier, but then all of a sudden harder. All I could do was observe this and breathe through it, not fight it.

For me, yoga puts me back in my body. I am always trapped in my cerebral self - thinking, judging, analysing. Yoga shuts all of that out, so afterwards my day feels more balanced. With all this said, you have motivated me to get back on the mat today. NAMASTE

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