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Transitions

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Only six more days! I haven’t packed, we are trying to sell a car, preparing for Germany in July, and learning the Bikram Dialogue. I know it will all come together, but sometimes it feels pretty overwhelming.

I just finished speaking to a friend in Denver. He moved from Vermont several months ago and is getting pretty settled. I need to remind myself that transitions take time, it will get better, and that challenging oneself is not easy, but worth it.

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Snowboarding

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I was feeling so great the other day, telling a friend about how I haven’t noticed the ‘usual’ back pain in the morning for weeks. Since I felt so well, and I have opportunity to get free lessons at Stowe Ski Resort, timing seemed perfect for snowboarding!

I went out on my own for a couple hours before the lesson, and fell a couple times, but was feeling pretty comfortable on the board. My lesson with Dolan was great, and he clued me in to a few of the tricks to riding. I tipped him $10 and decided I was ready for a bigger challenge; Upper Meadows!

Well, as one may guess, Upper Meadows was a little too advanced for my skill level. I made it down OK, but not without a couple hard falls. I caught the edge of the board once and managed to land on my shoulder pretty hard. I continued on for the day, on less technical terrain, learning a good lesson Dolan repeated many times; “the board is least stable going dowhill sideways”.

So, afterwards I could barely move my shoulder at all, and it was very sore to the touch. At yoga the next day I could barely lift my arms over my head, which helped me relate to a fellow practitioner, John, who has serious shoulder issues. Gradually, after several days it has improved, but it is still tender, and a constant reminder to “listen to instructions the first time”!

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Starting a Blog

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I debated starting a blog, I am not much of a writer, but after seeing several others, I decided I will give it a shot!

I named the site “lock your knees” because that is one of the phrases in several of the beginning exercises of Bikram Yoga, and the one I have the most trouble with at this time. I twisted my knee several weeks back skiing and have been using yoga and physical therapy to slowly bring my knee “back to normal” One of Bikram’s quotes goes something like this: “feel free to mess with the gods, but never mess with the knees”. After this experience, and no previous knee injuries, I most definitely agree! My knee is feeling much better, and I am a little concerned about the upcoming 9 weeks, but with my current progress, the encouragement of other yogis and my PT, I believe I will do well.

One of the blogs I have liked most so far was one summarizing each week, this is what I intend to do, but may add some daily info here and there too. Right now I need to be studying the “Dialogue” (step by step instruction for all 26 postures of Bikram), so I better get to work! I look forward to future interactions!