Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 15: Stretching the Body, Inside Out, Bones to Skin

According to Mary Jarvis, first 30 days are exclusively changes to the physical body.

At the half way point, I agree with her completely.

What I love, though, is that I don't necessarily feel "more flexible" or "more skilled" then when I started. Actually, some muscles are tighter. Some poses are harder. Some are easier. Par example:
  • Sometimes, for some fractions of seconds, my knee is actually locked in standing head to knee.
  • My left hip is starting to swivel forward to a proper alignment. I never noticed it until about a week ago, but my left hip has spent some amount of time actually behind where my right hip lives.
  • My spine is getting steadily stronger. However, my shoulders are tight enough to really prevent a well formed backbend. Trying to work on that as best I can while still improving range of spine motion.
  • I have issues with forward bending. Which is...different. A lot of people can't back bend. I'm like, "WHEE GO." But forward bends are rough. My spine still has a lot of downward stretching to do.
What I love is that these are all things I didn't know fifteen days ago. I feel like I've stripped away some superficial muscles and gotten into the deeper factors at work, discovering things that I've hidden somehow for years. I'm excited to see where I'll be in another 15 days, let alone 45.


  1. Hey. :) It's Chrysti from PMT. I just found this blog (one of your related FB posts popped up on my news feed), and I wanted to drop in to tell you how much I'm enjoying reading. I even just signed up for a blogspot profile so I can follow you! :)

    I discovered yoga three years ago, when I first went to college and had access to a free gym that offered classes. I don't go to a class every day, but it has remained one of my favorite parts of my weekly routine. I'm not sure if there is a Bikram class offered nearby, but you've piqued my interest in giving it a try.

    Good luck in your endeavors and keep up the excellent work! I hope our paths cross again someday, as I miss you and think of you often. I hope all is well. :)

  2. Thank you so much!!!! I'm so glad to hear from you/thank you for reading/yay lots of yoga!

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