Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Heat and Oil

Wooohooooooeeeeeeee my body is feelin’ loose now!

I am SO GLAD I went to my detox class tonight!!!  I even met Courtney, a blog reader, there!!! 🙂 Here’s a play by play:

I arrived at the studio at about 5:40 to find the room already PACKED with mats, bags and waters (there were 50 of us in there!). I was nervous because one of the only spots left was a tiny corner on the far side of the room. Not good if I had to leave suddenly! I unpacked everything and rested in child’s pose until it was 6:00.

Kishan talked to the class a little bit about his history with yoga and led us through some breathing exercises as the room began to warm up. They were cranking the heat to 95 but with 50 people in there, it seemed like 105. We then were handed small cups of oil and Kishan led us through running the oil all over our body (in a flow away from the heart). I know, sexual right?! Rubbing oil all over our bodies! It was more like a hot mess but kinda neat in a way!

Around 7:00, the flow part of the class started and it was very powerful. I listened to my body though and took tons of child’s poses and resting postures. I didn’t want to pop a stitch on the yoga mat or start bleeding profusely! Kishan had us to these “cardiovascular spurts” where we jumped up in the air, dropped down to chatarunga and jumped back up in the air…..over and over and over and over. I think I only did about 5 though before dropping down in child’s pose. Tonight was a night to listen to my body! I wish I could have participated more fully but this was definitely what I needed! I think my heart rate was going through the roof though and by this point I was dripping in oil and sweat so its all good.

We did a series of DEEP spinal twists and then shavasana was a-ma-a-z-i-n-g. He shut off ALL the lights in the room so it was pitch black and then he did a series of chanting and singing in sanskrit. Afterwards, there was a plethora of every fruit you could ever imagine (I had a napkin filled with raspberries, blueberries, watermelon and pineapple but was sans camera—sorry!!!) and then we all went home around 9:20.

Kishan told us instead of gulping cold water, we should be sipping on hot water with lemon throughout the weekend, so when I got home I made some of that to sip on. I also ate a mango:


This afternoon I relaxed and watched Atonement and then decided I was feeling good enough to go outside for awhile so I took about a 35 minute bike ride. It was glorious. The weather was perfect and it felt great to be outside instead of laying around for a change. However, when I got back inside I immediately fell asleep for about an hour on my bed. I guess my body is still pretty weak from surgery!

I made a large snack/very early dinner around 4:00. I wanted to eat about 2 hours before yoga and was getting pretty hungry anyways. I heated up a sweet potato that my mom baked for me yesterday and topped it with a half cup of 2% cottage cheese. I also had the rest of my Amy’s soup from lunch on the side.


Tomorrow the workshop continues with another yoga class from 12-2:30 (my mom is going with me this time!) and a lecture from 4-7. I am SO PUMPED for the lecture! Kishan is going to talk all about diet, nutrition and lifestyle according to dosha types and I have a burning question about migraines I plan to ask him.

I was so worried I wouldn’t make it tonight or run out of the room throwing up (haha its true though) but I am so proud of myself for making it! And, I feel so much better! My mouth is still sore (obvi) but my head feels clearer and I feel strong again. Wonderful.


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  • fitforfree
    January 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    that sounds amazing!! I did a sweat lodge a few years ago and whoaaa sweating everything out makes you feel pretty awesome. bikram does the same 🙂 have a wonderful time tomorrow.

  • polly
    January 9, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    yay Jenna honey!! I am so happy you had a great night, listened to your body, got some yummy fruit, and more fun tomorrow! Learn all you can about Vatas, cause I’m all ears, sugar cookie!


  • Courtney
    January 9, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    It was really great to meet you! Class was really great. The chanting at the end sounded so beautiful and soothing. I really liked it. I’m about to pass out though…I’m hoping I am not too sore for tomorrow 🙂 Good job taking it easy…sometimes taking it easy is harder than practicing advanced poses! I tend to be a “pusher” and struggle with backing off when I need it but doing so is truly BEING yoga! Good night, sleep tight, and see you tomorrow.

  • Marissa
    January 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    That class sounds very fun! I am sure tomorrow wil be even better!

  • Ashley
    January 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    the class sounds awesome, and how perfect that theres more tomorrow 🙂 glad you made it through the night and you’re feeling better!

  • Danielle
    January 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Sounds like you had a really great expirence glad you were feeling well enough To go! Can’t wait to hear about tomorrow!

  • Julz
    January 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE… Going down into Child’s Pose is one of the most liberating and empowering things to do during a Powerful Practice. I’ve only done it during two practices, and both were insane Vinyasas and my body kind of did it for me 🙂 Mmm this was SO relaxing to read!

  • Alexia
    January 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I am glad you had a great time in Yoga tonight and it was worth going still under the weather.

    You have a great mommy for taking care of you 😉

  • Oh She Glows
    January 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Wow that class sounds amazing!!! Oil poured over the body?? Sounds fun 🙂 Congrats for making it through!


  • melissa (fitnessnyc)
    January 10, 2009 at 12:07 am

    so glad you feel better Jenna! I am excited for back to back yoga classes tomorrow!

  • yolie
    January 10, 2009 at 12:15 am

    The class sounds absolutely amAzing Jenna! SO glad you had a lovely practice and are feeling better now – plus, seriously awesome for listening to your body. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂 xyx

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 10, 2009 at 12:32 am

    The yoga sounded fantastic. What is it that makes fresh fruit so perfect after such an amazing workout? Hope tomorrow is just as wonderful!

  • Sharon
    January 10, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Wow, that sounds like an awesome yoga session!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    January 10, 2009 at 2:22 am

    so glad to hear it was a good experience. i cant tell you how jealous i am!

  • Sammie
    January 10, 2009 at 5:12 am

    That sounds like an amazing class. I am glad you were able to enjoy yourself. Keep feeling better. Have fun on Saturday with your Mom.

  • MizFit
    January 10, 2009 at 5:14 am

    have a great momday.

    thanks for sharing the yogasperience with us—I really need to get back to it and to refind my peace.

    in 2009.

  • Emily
    January 10, 2009 at 5:33 am

    That sounds like a fantastic experience! I look forward to reading your recap of tomorrow.
    Take care ~ I hope you feel back to normal asap 🙂

  • justjen
    January 10, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Can’t wait to hear about your experiences today and what he says in the lecture about diet and health. Very cool!

  • Nicole
    January 10, 2009 at 7:03 am

    The yoga workshop sounds so great! I do hope I can find something similar in my area.

    Have fun!

  • Jen (Running with Food)
    January 10, 2009 at 7:23 am

    The detox class sounds AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your experience! Have a good day!

  • Shelby
    January 10, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Wow what an interesting class! It sounds amazing.

  • Stacey
    January 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Im so glad that you were able to go! the class sounds awesome, have fun tomorrow!

  • Sarah
    January 10, 2009 at 7:54 am

    that class sounds incredible–i’ve always wanted to go to a yoga workshop like that but to be honest, i’m sort of intimidated!

    this may be a silly question–but didn’t the oil get all over your mat and make it really slippery and hard to practice on? I know that if I use hand lotion even a few hours before class I tend to slide all over the place and I have a really good mat (one of the hard-core black transformer ones) so I know it’s not about the mat quality.

    • jenna
      January 10, 2009 at 8:28 am


      You would think so, but Kishan had us totally cover our mats with towels so we wouldn’t slip!

  • VeggieGirl
    January 10, 2009 at 7:55 am

    AMAZING-SOUNDING CLASS!! AMAZING EATS (um, sweet potato?? mango?? um, my favorites?? 😀 )!!

    Have tons of fun today, girl!!

  • Mara
    January 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

    That sounds really cool… I’m glad you get to have a an experience like that!