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40 days of Bikram/Baptiste yoga complete!

When I walked in the door tonight, I found this sweet note and bottle of wine from my man and babies:) They make me smile. Yoga makes me smile. And I’m learning to smile about alopecia… as I’ve mentioned before, I started this blog as a way to cope and to document my journey of loss and growth. One small part of the physical body may be gone temporarily, but I know now that I haven’t lost anything. As difficult as this can be at times, I know this experience is only about growth… forty days ago I did not have this outlook.

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10 days down of my 40 days of Bikram/Baptiste Power Yoga! Red Dragon Yoga has turned into my ‘church’ and ‘medicine.’ I am very grateful for this outlet as it has been therapeutic for both mind and body. One of my yoga instructors recommended a few yoga poses to alleviate anxiety/stress that I want to share… too tired to paraphrase, so I’ll just cut and paste her message:

A pleasure to see you in class today and thank you for sharing with me! I hope you are feeling strong and it is so great that as a new Mom – you are able to get to yoga class! This is fantastic. When faced with difficult situations and stress, our bodies respond with a series of physical reactions. The Result – instant mind/body reactions like irritability and fatigue – and possibly even more serious health concerns. While we can’t control all that happens in life, we can work on our reactions. Because yoga helps reacquaint us with our emotional and physical needs, it provides an excellent means of stress prevention. Any regular yoga practice will ease anxiety, but here are some specific suggestions that may be helpful for you:

1)      Incorporate some stimulating postures such as Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose) and Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) to energize the body and build strength.

Virabhadrasana: yogajournal.com/poses/1708

Bhujangasana: yogajournal.com/poses/471

2)      Incorporate restorative poses for stress relief. Connecting with the rhythm of the breath while resting in Savasana (Corpse Pose) and Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose) will help both body and mind to deeply relax. Try to hold these for at least 10 minutes each.

Savasana: yogajournal.com/poses/482

Supta Baddha Konasana: yogajournal.com/poses/663

Other Recommended Restorative Poses:

Supta Badda Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) yogajournal.com/poses/663

Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall Pose) yogajournal.com/basics/1140

Jathara Parivartanasana (Revolved Abdomen Pose) yogajournal.com/practice/1521

Don’t hesitate to ask me for help at any time. It is always great to see you in class! I can see how hard you are working. Namaste, Daisy

I hope you find these poses helpful and it provides some time for your mind to let go of the anxiety and stress associated with alopecia. Take good care!

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I set a goal of forty consecutive days of Bikram/Baptiste yoga. I started last night. It was my first hot yoga class in almost a year and it kicked my ass. I slept twelve hours, (well, with breastfeeding every 3ish hours). I was really nervous while walking to the studio that my head scarf might fall off during ustrasana or any inversion, (head-upside-down poses)…  unnecessary anxiety that something might happen. The instructor started the class off with the reminder: ‘Be gentle with yourself. Try not to judge yourself. You are here to let go and allow yourself time to appreciate all that you are in this moment.’ And with that, in a room full of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, I managed to enjoy a ninety minute practice and not have a single thought about hair.

Be like water. Flow around the rocks in life. -Baron Baptiste

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