Sunday, March 16, 2008

Vaca and Bikram

I must say it has been wonderful to have the week off. Ryan's sister's and their families were in town for the week, so we spent a lot of time with them and Audrey got to play with her cousins - which she loved.

I got to do some Bikram - which I loved. I did not get to do the much anticipated mini-challenge due to scheduling conflicts, but I did get to go a few more times than normal and during the middle of the day rather than either early morning or late night, so that felt really good. In fact, I made some progress in the triangle posture.

Let me give some back ground info. Jim - my usual teacher - is very concerned that you do postures the right way rather than doing them all the way. As he always says, "10% of the posture 100% correct will give you the full benefit of the posture." So in triangle, Jim really emphasizes getting low and opening up your hips rather than touching your fingers to the floor. So for the last couple of months I have been just working on getting a deeper and lower stretch. Then on Monday and Wednesday I had Paul as my teacher. He watched me do the triangle the first time and then said, "Ok people, I know Jimini has you all scared to reach while in triangle, but if your leg is parallel to the floor you should be able to touch the floor in proper form." Which he then demonstrated. Let me just say that Paul's demonstrations are amazing!

Clearly he was talking to me, because my leg is parallel, so I tried it, but I didn't try it too far, because I was still afraid of doing the posture incorrectly. However, last night, when I had Jim as my teacher again, I figured I would try and touch the floor, because if I really was doing it wrong he would definitely tell me. And voila, I touched the floor and sure enough, it was a piece of cake because I was definitely low enough! Yay!! I was so excited I nearly lost my balance and fell over. "Act cool" I kept saying to myself. As soon as I got out of class I called William and left a very excited message on her machine.

Oh and also, after class on Wednesday, Paul said I had a really great practice!

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