Inversions are not everything, but some people sure act like they are. In most of the classes I have taken, and in my teacher training, we are not shown how to safely fall out of an inversion--we are only shown how to get into one. Let's be real--shit can happen in inversions; good and bad, and the bad can be very bad--you can potentially break your neck, jack up your spine, or something else. I don't say this to scare anyone, but I think this discourse isn't out there in the "yoga world" and it should be.
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As you know, I practice yoga quite a bit. One of the classes I go to frequently is called Hot Power Fusion, and it's a blend of Bikram (hot) yoga and vinyasa flow. The sequence is nice, and I enjoy not doing any chaturangas for a change :) You might be thinking, "How are YOU--someone with such a strong aversion to heat able to practice yoga in a room over 100 degrees?" Well, I think this often as well (trust me). I mainly take this class to work with the huge amount of discomfort that I feel with regard to heat, brought on by my Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Today, I began my Wellness Cleanse. It started with a 7am heated power vinyasa class (the earliest I have ever done yoga), and then a brief lecture/discussion on healthy eating and daily routines. I was previously quite nervous about the whole thing, but now I'm feeling much more relaxed. From Sunday to Thursday, we eat healthy, clean food--so three meals a day of many veggies, fruits, nuts, lean meat (if you're a meat eater), etc. Even though we're not really supposed to eat salads (Ayurveda--yoga's sister science--says to eat salads in spring/summer and more soups and roasted veggies in the fall/winter), I am going to be eating some. This cleanse is not explicitly following ayurveda, but utilizing some of its guidelines. From Friday to Sunday, we do a liquid phase of broth and smoothies. Then, on the following Monday we re-introduce healthy solid foods. What I like about this cleanse is that you can make it what you want. You can choose to remove whichever things you would like. For the next two weeks, I will be removing...
I'm going to be doing a "Wellness Cleanse" through the yoga studio I attend. It consists of eating healthy (mostly veg. or vegan) and then doing liquids for three days (broth and smoothies). Throughout it all, we have meetings to talk about our feelings and all that glorious stuff. We also have restorative yoga classes, as well as vinyasa classes that we will be taking. An "Intuitive Healer" is coming and we're also touring the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, which is amazing and enormous. All of this is awesome, but I'm so nervous. I've never done a cleanse, and the last time I was on a liquid diet, it was for quite some time when I was extremely ill, and my doctor put me on it--it was not fun. So, needless to say, I have some PTSD from that whole situation. I'm also just worried, because I'm not sure how I will do. I have difficulty trusting my body, and I'm always symptomatizing. My anxiety disorder tends to show itself through physical symptoms, and instead of just "being" with my feelings, I try to intervene--I take some form of "medicine", when really, I should just let it be. I'm constantly afraid of feeling "off."