Revelations - Livin' the Good Life
Jan. 31st, 2010
10:20 am - Revelations
I must be in a period of awakening to various truths lately. I have been having a number of "ah-has" that are worthy of noting here on my blog. Of course, I've already discussed in an earlier post my delight in rediscovering the pleasure of running off the balls of my feet. Let the running begin again! Here are some other recent revelations:
I've been having trouble with feeling cold at night in bed. Especially my feet. My solution has been to pile on the blankets, with a down comforter on top of it all, and taking a hot pack to bed with me. One would certainly think that should do the trick. But, no, I still shivered at night, not being able to warm myself! The other night, I had a bright idea. I took all the blankets off. I heard once that down sleeping bags are meant to be slept in with no clothes on. Supposedly, you stay warmer if your clothes are not insulating you from the bag. Hmmm, I thought. Maybe I need to try that. I was not willing to go so far as to sleep without pajamas on a cold winter night, but I did sleep on top of the top sheet right next to the comforter. Lo and behold, I slept warm all night... even my feet were toasty!! I was ecstatic to note in the middle of the night that I was actually pleasantly sweating a bit! That never happens to me in the winter. The really interesting side benefit was that I could move around so easily under the single comforter. Lately I've been having the uncomfortable sensation of feeling pinned down under the sheets and heavy covers that were tucked in at the bottom of the bed. I would wake up feeling stiff because, I believe now, I wasn't moving enough during the night due to the sheer difficulty of it. Under the "featherlight" down, I can change postitions effortlessly! What a revelation!
The next "ah-ha" has to do with my yoga practise. I've always had trouble with "locking my knee" in the standing series of Bikram yoga. Bikram insists that when you are standing on one leg, that leg needs to be locked in order to keep your balance. It seemed counterintuitive. I really tried to lock my knee, but I found it difficult to do for some reason. I stopped doing my daily yoga sessions for a number of months last summer in favor of the time-consuming Egoscue exercises that really seemed to be helping my posture. Then I stopped doing all exercises completely for a few weeks when I developed a nasty cold right after the holidays. I just recently picked up yoga again, and I found that I could easily lock my knee and balance on one leg. Hmm... what's that all about? I realized that all those months of Egosque has dramatically strengthened my knees and the fronts of my thighs. Many of the exercises require that you tighten the tops of your upper thighs strongly for 5 minutes at a time. It seems that having faithfully done those exercises is now making it possible for me to stand and balance rock-solidly on one leg as I do the "standing bow pose" and the "balancing stick pose", both difficult ones for me. Thank you, Egoscue!
I'll continue sharing my revelations tomorrow....