Oy! Yoga kicked my asana today. I did two classes in a row, beginning at four this afternoon. Throughout the first part of the first class, I felt sick to my stomach, but found relief by finding my eyes in the mirror and repeating my mantra, “I am.” In the second session, I felt … More Tossed in the Waves: Bikram Day 38
I’m really glad to know that there are readers of this blog, but I am disappointed in one or more of you. One of you has gone running to someone else at my yoga studio–never named here–to complain that I have written “disturbing things.” The person who received this complaint then had the nerve to … More Attempted Censorship of Bikram Blog
What I’m liking best about bikram these days is the yogatalk in the locker room afterwards. Today I mentioned that sivasana is still incredibly painful for me and elicited a chorus of similar complaints and advice. The consensus view is that I don’t know how to stand or sit properly, like lots of women. What … More Bikram Day 26: the back and the belly and the mind
There is a lot that is right about Tony Porter’s “A Call to Men” speech, also a lot that is wrong. See also the website. What is right is the message. I like what he says. I preach what he preaches. I want my son to hear this. I want him to memorize every word. … More Can we talk about race? On Obama and Tony Porter.
Day 19. It was good to hear that Mayhem, who is also on day 19 in the challenge, had a lousy day today, especially since I have been having some pretty crummy times in class lately. She’s a roller-derby queen. I think her real name is Michelle. She doesn’t like it as much as her … More Day 19
After half a month, I think I’ve reached some kind of plateau. I don’t seem to be getting better at the poses as rapidly as I did before, and I often feel very tired in class. The first few days, I felt completely exhausted after class and could not understand why Jonathan, my friend, said he … More Bikram Day 15
I resisted bikram yoga for years. I had tried it once and found it oppressively hot and even rather disgusting. All those sweaty, fatty male bodies and their sweaty smells. But I’m committed to it now. I’ve even signed up for the 100 day challenge. Today is day 12. I’ve already noticed a … More Bending in Bikram