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.