I get why we tend to make "resolutions" at the start of each New Year, but I'm starting to think it's the worst time to actually make lasting changes in your life. To whit: I had a simple New Year's goal of simply going back to kundalini yoga classes on a regluar basis, and doing a hot yoga class once a week. We're two weeks into January and I've already failed. Why? Because when I got back from my holiday trip, I got sick (not surprising with all the stress - and germs! - of traveling). I've also been swamped trying to catch up on work that did not get completed prior to Christmas.
Wonder why you feel tired and exhausted sometimes after using the computer? You may be suffering from "email apnea" - a term that refers to how about 80% of computer users stop breathing while typing. This can trigger the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and put us into "fight or flight mode."
Probably one of the biggest and unrecognized complaints in yoga today is the issue of finding good-fitting yoga pants. I'm still in the process of reviewing various yoga pants for this website, and I'm finding much sympathy for women who are bigger than a size 2 (that includes me!). Not only do the sizes run towards the teeny weeny, it seems that yoga clothing manufacturers today make the mistaken assumption that those of us who do yoga all want our butt cracks to show.
For the life of me, I absolutely cannot fathom why the media gives Alec Baldwin a pass for his bullying. The audio of him bullying his own daughter over the telephone a few years ago was disturbing enough, and yet that didn't stop his career. Then, he allegedly called a black reporter a "coon" but that wasn't enough to get him fired.
I do a lot of work in front of the computer and I have to remind myself to do some yoga while working. It's easy to do some "chair yoga" while sitting at your desk. Sometimes it's as simple as doing a twist in the chair (I grab onto the arms of my office chair and turn to each side). I also stretch my back and shoulders as frequently as possible - especially because they tend to round forward when I am doing computer work. I also work on my wrists, especially because I have a bit of a repetitive stress injury in my right wrist.
What is it with being in your 40s that all sorts of little things start to bother you physically? Your hormones go out of whack, it's harder to lose weight, and you suddenly need bifocals. Now it's my right foot. I have to confirm with a podiatrist, but the plantar fasciitis I have been told I have (by a yoga teacher/physical therapist as well as a massage therapist) is acting up. It's a pain in the arch. It comes and goes. I'm not sure what I did to it, but it just had a "twinge" one day, and now it will randomly act up.
Yoga is often sold as a cure-all for all the body's ills. It's also supposed to be a magical flexibility pill. No, it's not. Years of doing yoga, and an entire 200-hr training, have done nothing to help some of my basic structural problems. The problem with my foot originates in my tight calf muscles and "bound up" ankles - muscles with "adhesions" to the fascia, according to several massage therapists I have worked with.
Just a quick thought for today post-yoga class. Say what you want about Bikram, but one positive outcome of his sweaty series of yoga poses done in a hot room is that it seems to attract more men than standard yoga. I was noticing in my hot yoga class today and noticing how many men were there: young men, older men, black men. When ashtanga first started hitting the yoga magazines as the new "tough" yoga back in the mid-90s, that seemed to be the "guy yoga." But Bikram yoga seems to be mainstreaming yoga for men.
I am and have always been a discount shopper. I love discount and thrift stores. I do not like paying full price for anything! I love bargains!
So I was quite thrilled to discover Steinmart when I moved to Texas. If they had them in California, there sure weren't any near me in West Los Angeles. I bought my discount clothing at Ross, or the local discount clothing stores on Venice Blvd., or at the Salvation Army.
I had an interesting conversation at a yoga teacher training over the weekend about yoga clothes. The woman I was speaking with, who was an older woman, commented to me that when she first started studying yoga, yoga students were taught to be modest in their yoga dress. Today, however, you can often take classes where the female teacher is spilling out of her shirt with cleavage showing, or conversely, she might inadvertently be showing off her butt cleavage (and "tramp stamp") in the gap between her yoga pants and top in the back.