Over the hump!

Since arriving in Mumbai my classes have been down or sideways with the occasional up day. It’s been the most challenging challenge so far but I’m still managing some breakthroughs!

A few days ago in class,  (Bikram Yoga teacher/manager at Mumbai) urged me to reach down and grab my heals in Ustrasana (Camel Pose), something I’d tried several times before, reaching backward only to grasp thin air where I was sure my heal would be.

Rowena is an amazing teacher, so with complete trust I reached behind me and there I was… bending it like Bikram! Well maybe not quite, but I was in the most powerful backward bend in Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class after 2 weeks of being unable to do any back bends without feeling dizzy and nauseated!

Then last night I made it into Padangustasana (Toe Stand) on the left side! I’ll be checking in with the other Yogis doing the challenge and let you know their stories soon.

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3 Responses to Over the hump!

  1. Renae Marsh March 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    That is fantastic Matt, toestand (leftside ) and camel pose.Nothing ever stays the same not the body not the mind not life when you practice Bikram Yoga! Rowena is a superb teacher I was fortunate enough to watch her compete in the 2008 Championships last year placing 1st in Australia.

  2. Desiree Duncan March 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    That’s fantastic Matt!! You’re moving forward – just like your hips in camel! Well done – I REALLY admire your spirit.

  3. Matt March 25, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    Ah thank you but yesterday I had my worst ever yoga class, writhing around on the floor, pins and needles creeping up my arms and legs.. it’s such a laugh, you never know what you’re in for half the time 🙂