Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Yoga Bug

Hasn't happened in a while but I experienced distorted vision earlier in the day. I temporarily viewed the world through a honeycomb-like bubble. I immediately went for the acupressure point between my thumb and index finger. I also held the third eye, rubbed my temples and took deep breaths and experienced a first, the sound of my chest popping. Okay, now that I think about it, there's been popping during a chest fly.

As I cleaned out my inbox, I came across an old Dr. Oz article on Oprah.com and I never tire of reminders to breathe:
Most of us never take a deep breath all day long. The most fundamental practice in yoga is the deep, belly breath through the nose. The diaphragm is a large muscle located just below the lungs that ideally should pull down the lungs during inspiration.
I was glad that yoga was on today's agenda. Didn't feel particularly stressed but there was the whole distorted vision thing...

There were only six of us so the instructor had us pull out chairs which we started off sitting in. For the first time since I've known him, he went into full teacher mode -- reminding us of the three bodies and how if the body is strong and the mind is weak, something needs to be worked on. He talked about the solar plexus, the third chakra and not letting mental turmoil in...

After doing all kinds of twists and after I had wobbled considerably, we were told to cross our arms and to hang loose which felt good but it was even better to have a clear view.

Saw this comic as I went through old papers and I think it's official: I've been bitten by the yoga bug.


  1. It's not a bad bug to be bitten by! I really need to start back up with my practice. I MISS the hanging upside down part--or. at least my back and shoulders miss it . . .

  2. I know that my tight shoulders, neck (and mind) have benefitted from yoga and I'm looking forward to taking classes from different teachers...

    Hope that you get to hang upside down soon. ;)

  3. Love the comic strip. I think the bug has taken hold here too.
    Very pleased with the impact that yoga has had on my lifting. As long as I keep getting stronger and lifting heavier, the yoga is staying. :)

  4. Mich,

    Yeah, I really like the play on words in that comic and I think it works on more than one level.

    I don't blame you for keeping yoga. ;) It has definitely helped me with climbing et al...

  5. Angela,

    Thanks for making me smile.

    I listened to you but I didn't listen well. :)