Day 72: Yen for Yin

Actual date: January 18

‘Twas a make-up sesh, homies.

Yin yoga is the bomb! You get up from it all drowsy and relaxed – like you just got a deep-tissue massage (I would imagine), but without the icky feeling of being touched by a stranger. Or … without the added benefit of being touched by your partner. Hee-hee.

I’m hoping to come up with a more detailed account of its benefits when I’m over this flu. And when its effects on me have become more noticeable.

My practice:

Heart-opening yoga sequence with Esther Ekhart

Yin Yoga with Yogi Nora

60-minute Yin Yoga for the Spine with Esther Ekhart

Day 71: Derivative 3

Actual date: January 17

“If you love something, let it go. If you don’t love something, definitely let it go. Basically, just drop everything, who cares.”
― B.J. Novak, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

It’s the opposite of my Day 69 post, but it was a no-f*cks-given kind of day. I even skipped yoga.

Day 69: Trite But True

“I kept wanting to scream at Pam. It took me so long to do so many important things. It’s just hard to accept that I spent so many years being less happy than I could’ve been. Jim was five feet from my desk and it took me four years to get to him. It’d be great if people saw this documentary and learned from my mistakes. Not that I’m a tragic person – I’m really happy now. But it would just … just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this and she said to herself, ‘Be strong. Trust yourself. Love yourself. Conquer your fears. Just go after what you want. And act fast, because life just isn’t that long.'”

– Pam Beasly, The Office

I love this show. I love that it’s about awkward situations. And mind-numbing hours doing menial tasks. And smart people who do dumb things – like stay in a job they only mildly tolerate because they’re afraid and beaten down. It hits a nerve as it makes you laugh.

So thank you, The Office, for always leaving me satisfied and smiling.

<That’s what she said.>

My practice:

Strength in Stillness with Jessica Smith

Yin Yoga with Yogi Nora

Day 66: Bloated? Sit on Your Heels

Surprised me too. But Esther Ekhart said to do it, and I never say no to Esther Ekhart. The woman’s a goddess.

I can do this for five minutes.
I can do this for five minutes.

She called it the thunderbolt (Sanskrit: Vajrasana). It’s really not that uncomfortable – definitely more tolerable than the hero pose (Sanskrit: Virasana). Or maybe my knees are really just weak? And if your knees are like mine, a pillow might be a good idea.

Not this. THIS hurts like a son of a mother.
Not this. THIS hurts like a son of a mother.

I’m happy to report that this helped get things … moving after a particularly heavy meal. It’s also the only yoga pose you can do after eating, apparently. For the others, you’ll have to wait at least two hours. Oops. Try this, endeavor to sit still for five minutes, and lemme know how it goes. I mean it – I want the gory details. 😉

My practice:

Shakti Yoga practice with Adriene

Yin Yoga with Yogi Nora

Day 65: Oil Pulling

Are you making a face? Yeah, I get it. I’ll even advise against doing it if you have a strong gag reflex. Or if you’re living with someone who loves to jump out from behind you to scare the everloving sh*t out of you. Accidentally swallowing that oil is not an experience I’ll wish on an enemy. But mine’s not that strong, and my brother knows I can – and have – beat the sh*t out of him if he tries to scare me, so I thought, “what the heck?”

And  you know what? It was great. It made my teeth feel squeaky clean, like I’d just had them professionally serviced, but without feeling like they were scrubbed raw. The gums also lost some of their sensitivity (sometimes it’s painful to brush on the bottom right side of my teeth).

But I’m not so sure it’s the panacea a lot of people are touting it to be. I fail to see how it can cure everything from cancer to nail fungus. Perhaps it can. In fact, I’m praying it can. When I say I fail to see how it’s possible, I mean that I know everything about it that Gwyneth Paltrow does.

All I can say for sure is that if it will continue to keep my breath smelling fresh all day and make my brushing experience more tolerable, then I’ll consider that bottle of organic virgin coconut oil a good buy.

My practice:

Yoga with Adriene’s Full Potential Detox Practice

Yogi Nora’s Yin Yoga