Written by AnnaDenise on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 23:20
Week 3 is kind of a blur and it just felt like the yoga had become a part of my daily routine and I was moving forward, physically. Some days were good, others not so much, but I was able to let it go and just get on with it. I also completely messed up the order of the poses in my drawings. Yoga brain!
Annnd I had a bit of a crisis where I couldn't get my S-shaped spine (a remnant from too much gymnastics, I think) straight. I just didn't understand how I was supposed to move my hips forward without curving my back. It wasn't pretty.
But then I went to Holland for the weekend, where I took two classes at the Bikram studio in Utrecht (with my friend Nuria! Who just returned from her trip around the world) and something about what the teacher said about my spine finally clicked and I got it right. Instead of just pushing the top of the hips forward, I needed to tuck my tailbone in. What a world of difference! Fascinating for you people, I know, but it really was a revelation. I heard some more things during those two classes I took in Utrecht that really helped me.
It was funny to realize how once you get used to teachers and their teaching style, it can be hard to hear their instructions with a fresh mind. Audrey had been telling me the exact same thing for weeks, but something about the wording or the presence of a new teacher made me understand what she was saying all along.
Mindfulness, folks. Even when you think you're doing it, you might not be doing it. Arg!