A few months ago, I pulled a muscle. I wasn’t doing anything when I pulled it. One moment, I was fine. The next, I was in terrible pain. This was in a time when I was less than half way … Continue reading
Tag Archives: health
As I have been making many lifestyle changes to get back to a healthier version of myself, I have been thinking a lot about what sabotages health to begin with. I know that, for me, one of the barriers has … Continue reading
So, I decided that I’m not crazy enough yet and wanted to try a juice cleanse – mostly because I’ve been feeling really drained lately and had read that juicing can increase your energy levels a bit – that all … Continue reading
On my journey to getting fit again (oh, how I miss the days of working out 6 hours a week!), I am working through what to eat when. It is really taking up more of my time than I’d like, … Continue reading
I do have a huge task in front of me. I’m not as healthy as I want to be, and I know that it could easily get completely out of hand. So, I’ve nudged my inner control freak and decided … Continue reading
I have recently been on the path to eliminating certain foods from my diet. I have been cutting back on sodas and will eventually give them up completely in favor of something else bubbly (I do like bubbles). I have … Continue reading
On October 5th, I opened my email to see my daily LivingSocial deal. I was very excited because the discount was enormous. It was for sessions at Bikram Yoga Durham, a studio in downtown Durham. Not only was it super close to home and a great deal, but it was something I thought I’d like to try. The kicker is this: I would have never signed up without the discount. Not only had I never heard of the studio (it was new), but the price seemed pretty steep – more expensive than a gym membership. The deal broke down both those barriers.
Bikram yoga is tough. The first class, filled with several new practitioners like myself, was a struggle to get through. 105 degrees. 40 percent humidity. 90 minutes of yoga poses. It gets the heart rate up, and I’m not ashamed to say that I had to sit out a few poses and lie still while my legs tingled, the room spun, and I felt nauseous. Not uncommon. But then I came back for more. And then I signed up for more classes at full price.
There’s so much to love about yoga, but I think I know where to start in describing what could be life-changing about it. Yoga teaches you that you only need to be where you are. Can’t get your head all the way to your knee? Bend your knee. Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day you’ll be able to do the full expression of a pose, but for now, you’re getting all the benefit exactly where you are. Continue reading