Karma Kiss begins a 30 Day Hot Yoga Challenge!
No Day 10

I’m fighting a cold and going to rest today, so that hopefully I don’t actually get this stupid virus…

Wish me luck!

Day 9

Headed straight from the office to the Studio….the day just melted away. My practice was rejuvenating! I am in awe of how much I love yoga! I had no idea this was going to happen..

Day 8

Such a great class! Juan is calm in his guidance, and at the same time moves the poses in a way that gives you a great workout. I am so happy that I have been able to start this challenge, and I am really excited that to see all the benefits along the way :)

Day 7

Today was tough…

I think that my body is getting fatigued from doing the classes back to back. I have however noticed a change in my body for the better. It’s only been a week! I am able to hold the poses stronger and I am becoming more flexible!

My mantra is: One day at a time. One day at a time.

Day 6

Can you spend a Saturday afternoon any better!?

Amanda was in town from Aus and she joined me for the class. Afterwards she said, “We dont have yoga like that in Aus”. :) There was the 40 degree heat, there were the traditional yoga positions, there was dance, there were smiles, and there were a lot of “Amens!”.

Will`s class ended today with a song from P!nk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5BpS44bzA0

Day 5

Goal was to make it to the 8:30am class. Woke up early on my day off and put the kettle on for some hot water and lemon. Feeling pretty excited about this class. It’s Day 5 and I am loving my yoga routine. Crys and I went downstairs to get an umbrella out of her car - cause its Vancouver - its raining. But wait…where is the car!? Towed. Damn it Drakes Towing!

So after rescuing the car I’m like wtf do I do now. Ooh! There’s a 10am class that I want to go to. Score! So 10am is Core Fusion. I go. Its basically a core conditioning class done in 40 degree heat. I didn’t find that it resembled what I know of yoga…and I didn’t enjoy it for that reason.

Tomorrow is Day 6! And Will’s class at 4pm!

Day 4

There are 25 of us focusing on our breathing as we hold the chair pose. Then Will turns up the music and tells us “If it feels good, move your ass side to side”. There we were - all of us booty shaking it to the music beat. Some started nervously at first, kinda looking around seeing if we are really doing this…but then the music takes over and we are all “shaking our asana’s” with a huge smile on our face.

Asana (Sanskrit आसन āsana [ˈɑːsənə] ‘sitting down’, < आस ās ‘to sit down’[1]) is a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga, originally identified as a mastery of sitting still,[2] with the spine as a conduit of biodynamic union. In the context of Yoga practice, asana refers to two things: the place where a practitioner (or yogin, in general usage), yogi (male), or yogini (female) sits and the manner (posture) in which he/she sits.[3] In the Yoga sutras, Patanjali suggests that asana is “to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed” for extended, or timeless periods.[4]

I really can’t express how much joy that class brought me. What I’ve experienced in the last 4 days, has shown me that the practice of yoga is multifaceted. It’s like working out, and meditating, and dancing, and being still, all together in harmony.

Can’t wait till tomorrow!

Day 3

All of a sudden, in the middle of my warrior pose I realized my mind was still! It wasn’t racing. Wow. What great progress and its only day 3! At this point I decided that my intention for the class was to still my mind, and I therefore I was already successful.

The breath is a powerful thing. Our instructor Jill, asked us to breathe in and out through the nose during our poses in order to calm the nervous system. I’m pretty sure that focusing on this allowed me to calm not only my nervous system but my mind as well.

I also learned that lying down on the mat before the class waiting for it to begin, and after the class resting, is a pose! It is called Savasana. Jill told us that it is allowing us to observe all the good that happened during the class. I googled the definition of Savasana, but Jill’s definition really hit home.

Definition of Savasana

Savasana -> Sava : Corpse -> Asana : Pose = Corpse Pose

Savasana is pronounced (sha - VAHS - anna)
In Savasana the body is lying on the back with both arms and legs at about 45 degrees, eyes are closed and the breath deep.  The whole body is relaxed with an awareness of the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath.  Any muscular tension is consciously released when found.  Savasana is the last pose of an Asana Practice which allows the body to recover from the anabolic to the catabolic state. *wiki