Yoga withdrawal

Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve been to a yoga class? Well, actually, just a few hours. But before that? A week! One whole week. That’s like 6 months in dog years (or something). I’ve been fighting a cold and I’m still sniffling and coughing, but nothing could keep me away tonight. You see, I have been going through yoga withdrawal.

This is a very serious condition that happens when you go from doing yoga several times a week to not a all. There are certain signs to look out for.

1. You start doing yoga poses in random places.

– Tree pose while doing the dishes.

– Warrior 1 and 2 while standing at the copy machine.

– Dancer while hanging out in the park.

2. You become very impatient.

– At work.

– While driving.

– While watching random reality shows.

3. You feel like something is missing.

– That’s because something is missing. It’s called yoga.

So tonight, I decided I’d had enough. While my heart might have been in it for a hot flow class, there was no way my body would follow. I decided to go to a yin class. The best yin class ever, actually.

I picked up my friend Julie and I was so excited to be going to class that I could not stop smiling. Also, Julie and I were wearing the same top, which was not planned, but still fun.

When we got to the studio, I was still pretty hyper. I smiled and told everyone how excited I was to be there. Ichih, the teacher, told me she was excited that I was so excited. Happiness is definitely contagious.

The class was wonderful. It was exactly what I needed. It was yin, so no forcing or holding, but still challenging. A true yoga hug!

I think I used being sick as an excuse to be a little lazy. There were a few days where it would have been impossible for me to go class, but I think I might have felt better sooner if I had done more yoga. Also, I could have avoided the awful yoga withdrawal. Be careful, it could happen to you!

Yoga hug

Wednesday, I went to my favourite yin class, which I have renamed yoga hug. I was going to write about this yesterday, but I was so excited about my wheel that I had to write about that!

A yin class at a hot studio is something special. For the regular classes, the temperature is anywhere from 38 to 41 degrees celcius (100 to 105 degrees fahrenheit). But for yin classes, it’s warm, not hot.

Before my 30 day yoga challenge, I was not a big fan of yin yoga. However, when I was doing yoga every day, I learned to appreciate the more passive aspect of the practice. Now, I love it!

What I love about Ichih’s class is that it’s always different. Some teachers seem to have a routine and if you go to their class regularly, you do the same thing every time.

All of the poses were done on the floor. No standing, no holding, no dragon pose!

We did half-frog, which I like. I’m not sure how much I would like full frog though. Then, from half-frog, Ichih had us bring one arm up and the other arm out to the side at a right angle. She said this pose made her wish she had brought chalk to trace around us. I had Julie demonstrate because, although it feels great, it looks really funny!

After that, we did some forward bends and then we chilled out in supported bridge. I love, love, love supported bridge. You can just let everything go. At the end of a long day, there is no better feeling!

Another thing that makes this class wonderful is that Ichih tells us stories while we’re in our poses. Sure, you can breathe into a pose and focus on how it feels, but you hold poses for so long in yin that it’s nice to combine that with inspirational stories and quotes.

I always sleep so well after this class. As much as I love the rush I get from an intense flow class, the feeling of peace I get from yin is definitely as addictive. See how relaxed we look after class?

If you haven’t tried yin yet, do it! You don’t know what you’re missing. You could be so relaxed right now!