Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Day 244 of 365 - Yoga

Lifting in the morning, followed by yoga in the evening, has proven too time consuming. Physically it works, but mentally I am wearing out. I decided to reduce my lifting from 4 days a week to 3. This means I went into tonight's yoga class much fresher than normal.

Making things more unusual - the class only had 6 people in it, the teacher practiced with us and it was incredibly humid. I managed to keep up with the flow much better, but found myself really sliding all over the mat by the end of class. It was great to be able to see how the teacher does things through the course of an entire class.

I had been hoping to do wheel during class (after hitting it at home on Sunday evening), but I just did not have the strength that was required. The pose does not come until the very end of class, when I am tired and my mat is slippery. It's going to take awhile before I can do it. I did find the energy to do low quality versions of shoulder stand and plow.

Tonight was extra slippery because of the humidity. My mat is nice and sticky when dry, so I am not sure there is much I can do about it. Maybe get in better shape so I don't sweat so much, lol. It does seem like as I get better at a pose, I am relying less upon friction with the mat to stabilize. That's probably the answer, but it's a long wait!

I managed to score the Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker for $150 off Amazon today. This thing is top of the line. Once I learn a few rice / bean / lentil meals that rely upon it, I think I can make a sizable dent in my grocery budget. Outside of making it easy to use dried beans, it also cooks much faster than a typical pot (pressure is good!), so I will be more likely to batch cook.