I got the strangest compliment yesterday...As I was leaving what was quite possibly the best hot yoga practice I have ever had (not only mentally but physically), a girl that was slightly in front of me during class got my attention outside and said: "I don't know if anyone has ever told you this before...but today, especially during half moon, you looked so much like Carrie Bradshaw I couldnt stop staring at you". I looked at her oddly because it honestly threw me off guard. She then said "thats a compliment!". I wondered later exactly what she meant specifically...I wondered if she meant what Carrie would look like in a hot sweaty mess doing a pose that I loathe beyond all comprehension? (half moon is my demon; I just hate it although yesterday I tried a new mental technique and got through it for the first time without really even realizing I had). Or did she mean my face? My body? What?
I know there was at least one episode of SATC where Carrie and Samantha were in a yoga class (oh plus the one where Samantha picks up a guy in yoga class), but I couldnt for the life of me find a still from that episode! And I know for certain it wasn't anything like what I do at YBC. :O)
|Oh Carrie, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!|
I do know that SJP is an avid yoga and pilates nut, which is why her body is so bangin'; I have read enough of the articles of her interviews on the subject(s). Now if only.... :O)
So to elaborate more on why yesterday was so awesome (physically) I not only can nail my 'hover' (see below photo; still not down to the 3in though; more like 5 or 6in)...
I conquered Tuladandasana or more commonly known as 'balancing stick' yesterday! Only on one side (my left side is harder due to lower back disk issue on that side' meaning when using the left leg as my balancing leg and raising the right as shown in picture).
I have done Tuladandasana before just as a one off pose, but I have never been able to nail it in a class 50 minutes into a class where you are already tiring...and the heat is suffocating you. It truly became me mentally checking completely out during this; and most of the class actually (which is the most heart raising and most difficult pose in the series because of the ones leading up to it and that its the last pose of the standing series)...AND I held that sucker for the full length! I didn't even let the sweat pouring from my face onto the towel below shake me.
I love who I have become because of practicing hot yoga. When you start getting comments (not talking about the above CB one) about how 'you're so different; in a good way', you feel pretty darn spectacular.