I went to the first yoga class of my course tonight – it’s Kundalini yoga, very different from what I’m used to (and the complete opposite to the Bikram yoga). The class is a 6 week course but I think they run continously, just so they have a smaller group and you are with the same people all the time. Since it’s the beginning of spring, the instructor is concentrating on detoxing and getting rid of all the winter build up. At the end of the class she said since the course is 40 days, it would be a good idea to give up something during that time – like coffee (arrrgghh), or salt. Salt I can handle but it’s hardly going to do anything for me (my doctor always tells me to eat more salt) so I’m thinking I’ll give up sugar. Coffee with no sugar and no sugary, processed foods. Anything but my coffee!
Btw. thanks for all the great comments on yesterday’s post. It’s so reassuring to know that I’m not alone. I guess we all go through these patches. Mostly life is good and I think it’s better to acknowledge these things and work on them rather than just ignoring them. I guess that’s one of the things that I’ve learnt in the past couple of years – not to say”I’m fine” and put on a happy face but to know it’s okay to talk about the under-the-surface stuff. It’s not something that’s keeping my glass from being full, it’s something that’s stopping my glass from being as big as it could be (and I’d like my glass to be one of those awesome beer-skulling ones).
The actual class itself had lots of chanting and meditating. The best way to describe it I guess is sections of rapid stretches/movements using your breathe with rests in between. I felt like a bit of a dick during the chanting parts (it’s was long chanting stuff not just saying ‘om’ and didn’t know the words) but I decided to get over myself and just do it.
After the class, the instructor recommended that I take muscle relaxatant salts with magnesium (I had a cramp in foot during class plus I have no range of motion). It got me thinking afterwards – I have all these physical restrictions where my muscles are holding me back and maybe that relates somehow to the stuff I was talking about yesterday – like my body is holding stuff in. There are just areas of my body that don’t work like they should and I definitely think that relates to injuries etc when running but it could also have emotional connections too. I’m not even sure if that makes sense or it’s all airy-fairy stuff. My instructor does Bowen therapy/NST (correcting biomechanical imbalances etc) as well so I might have a chat to her after class next week about it – if nothing else, it might help the running (and that, after all, is the main thing).