Just went to my last hot yoga class for a while. I started the adventure with friends, Crystal and Patti, but now I've been going by and for myself for a while. I've missed C & P's presence but other faces have become familiar and welcoming like the woman who was my neighbor tonight. We smiled at each other repeatedly as we spun around for yogi sit-ups, planks and seated forward bend.
I was under Cindy and Jeremy's watch most of the time but it goes without saying that I will miss all of my hot yoga teachers.
I'm also going to miss gathering my towels, water and recovery beverage; seeing the sweat dripping from my fingers and elbows and the final savasana at the end of 90 minutes when it's time to look back in wonder.
One of favorite parts of Cindy's class has been her reminders to clear your mind. She'll follow that by saying it's impossible to not have any thoughts which frequently makes me think of a Malcolm in the Middle episode when Malcolm tires of being a genius and Reese gives him tips on how not to think.
While I didn't get a brain freeze, I cleared my mind, smiled, chuckled and tried to breathe deeply into my Buddha belly. :)
Inhale as early as possible and for as long as possible.
Try to keep one eye in the water.
Keep your head on the same plane as your body.
from Freestyle Breathing Technique video
If it is in the wrong position, soon everything else will be, too.
In swimming as in life, you gotta get your head in the right place.
from Breathing While Swimming by Coach Dee, Excel Triathletes Blogspot
The greater the distance between your finger tips and your toes, the better.
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