Half way there! I went to the 6:30PM class. Tonight was a great class for beginners, especially if you are a guy, for these reasons: 1. Erika was teaching (Yup, she is still my favorite. She is sweet. Cute. Gentle on the newbies. She has a soothing voice) 2. The room seemed less hot. Maybe I am getting used to the heat? Or maybe it is because Erika left a fan on? 3. There were men. Lots of men. More men than in any other class I have been to. Old hairy men wearing speedos. Middle aged men there with their wives. Young men (boys) who could have been out drinking with their buddies, but went to yoga instead. Good job. So, if you’re a guy, and you were going to go to your first class tonight, and you didn’t…you really missed out. I am not going to name any names. 😉
Ok. On to the poses.
I had a really hard time with Awkward Pose:
Maybe it had something to do with my hard day skiing and my running this week. My quads were squealing. Ouch.
Fixed Firm Pose was hard…again.
I think it will be for a while. My knees don’t like it. I couldn’t lie back at all. All I can do is sit there with my butt barely on the floor. Come on, knees, loosen up, please!
I kicked butt at Camel Pose, again:
It is my favorite pose right now. It feels so good to stretch my back out.When my head was back, I looked around the room, and saw the majority of the class in the beginner version of the pose…how you start the pose:
Am I doing it wrong? Why is it pretty easy for me to go all the way back? My gymnastics background maybe?
So, since Camel Pose is my favorite right now, I decided to read in depth the benefits of the pose. Here you go:
The deepest backbend in the Bikram series, all postures performed up until now prepare the body for Camel pose. This posture compresses the spine and flushes out old fluids and blood, allowing for new, oxygen-rich replacement fluids to lubricate and nourish the spine.
- Stretches abdominal organs
- Cures constipation
- Thyroid gland
- Parathyroid gland
- Opens ribcage to increase lung capacity
- Improves flexibility
- Relives backache
- Firms and slims
- Waistline I like this. 🙂