Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thank goodness for yin and restorative yoga

Been working long hours on my thesis lately. A fellow graduate says it best: it's like giving birth to an ugly baby... The labour is long and hard but you get no satisfaction in the end. I am still not done yet but I hate this piece of work no matter how many more edits I make to it. Working on something I dislike drains so much energy I couldn't even bring myself to do any Ashtanga lately. I am just too exhausted these days. So I do yin and restorative, trying to bring myself some peace and prevent total burn out. They are not black magic; I don't feel 100% restored after the class, but I do feel the grip of mental stress loosens up a little after class. For this I am thankful.

I am a little puzzled as to why people who tell me they are stressed out frantically refuse my offer to take them to a restorative yoga class. Perhaps the world is too full of false advertisements that they are skeptical about the word "restorative". Maybe they think that I "restore" by holding a headstand for 60 minutes. Maybe when I tell them the class description says that this class is suitable for cancer patients and people recovering from injury, they think I mean "cancer patients and injured people who must be former Olympians". Maybe I am just the world's most unconvincing and untrustworthy person.

Come to think of it, with so much mental resistance, perhaps it would be possible to go to a restorative class determined not to relax, and then complain that this class doesn't work. I should just let it be then, and keep working on my own relaxation skills, which apparently suck a lot more than my muscle engagement skills. I was recently been told by my dentist that I must be grinding my teeth at night because my fillings look worn out. He also says I suck at relaxing my jaw. Damn it, can't believe I got called out by a dentist. All these yoga and nothing to show for it but fancy asanas (/sarcasm).


6 comments:

  1. The last bit cracked me up. I've also been told I grind my teeth at night. Good luck with the writing and restorative practices!

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  2. grinding teeth huh? Me too! Maybe we think that helps with keeping drishti and finding bandhas?? Ugly babies are known for becoming gorgeous kids Y.

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  3. Thanks Sereneflavor and Wandering mb, and welcome to the blogosphere! I guess teeth grinding is more common than this dentist would like me to think. Or is this a type A Asthangi thing? My goal in yoga is to stop grinding my teeth in 5 years and be more relaxed over all. I hope that's reasonable to achieve.

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  4. I haven't been able to get a yin or restorative class in for months. I miss it so much.

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  5. i had a beautiful yin practice today after an intense flow. there is NOTHING better than setting an hour or so aside to just rejuvenate the mind body and soul. its a shame more people don't know just how amazing it is =D

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  6. Hi Teeg, I agree! It's sad some people are so resistant to trying out new things. Many people simply don't realize how uptight they've become after years of work/family/school/relationship related stress.

    Jethero, I hope you get a chance to make it to a class soon! You'll feel soooooo much better afterwards!

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