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.
“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.
I’m now a perfect yogi who practices mindful eating all the time. I eat whatever I want, but I stop when I’m full. I’ve also gotten rid of everything that does not serve me. Anger, resentment, bitterness, irritation over the littlest things, back issues of Glamour – all gone. I’m so happy and at peace and content and nothing can touch me.
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.
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. 😉
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.