Bikram Yoga #14 — the one where I wanted to give up

by Katie Paul on February 20, 2013

stop sign

The scales are no longer in the bathroom but in the shed. I try not to stand on them but recently I’ve succumbed to the urge.

It would seem that the 2 kilos I lost came back again. Perhaps it was my language. I should have said I released them or something … who knows?

So today when I was riding my bike to yoga I was thinking to myself I don’t want to do this — it’s such hard work and I’m not getting any results. Of course I forgot about my shoulder, my skin, my digestion, and my improved sleep. At that moment, all I cared about was the weight loss.

Just before I went into class a woman came up to me.

‘How long have you been coming to yoga?’ she asked.

‘This is my third week,’ I replied.

‘I think I saw you on your first day and now today. I wanted to tell you how much you’ve changed. You look younger and you’re thinner in the face and the body. It’s really noticeable.’

‘Are you sure?’ I said, ‘The scales haven’t moved.’

‘That’s what happened to me,’ she said. ‘I kept getting smaller and my clothes got too big but the scales didn’t change. It took about three months and then all the weight just melted away.’

I went into class, glad I had turned up and then a curious thing happened. During standing bow pose (my mortal enemy) I felt a weird sensation in my hamstring. It wasn’t a pain, more like the release of a knot. My leg hurt for about ten minutes afterwards but doesn’t hurt now. I think my hamstring untangled itself. Now all I need is for the other one to follow suit.

The moral of the story is you never know what’s around the corner — in yoga and in life.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Magda February 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Standing bow pose was my favourite pose. Standing on my right leg I used to feel so strong, balanced and powerful . I miss it but considering how little I could go it wasn’t a worthwhile investment for me :-(

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Katie Paul February 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

It’s funny how we all have different favourite poses. I think mine is standing head to knee.

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Sandra February 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know I’ve really enjoyed your Bikram Yoga posts…very jealous and frustrated though as there are NO Bikram Yoga classes up here in the Blue Mountains (who’d have thought…?)The closest is Parramatta but that is at least an hour drive away depending on traffic :(
xx

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Katie Paul February 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Thanks Sandra. It’s a shame there’s nothing closer :(

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Susan Collard February 25, 2013 at 9:37 am

Just a thought to Sandra and Kristy. There is sure to be someone somewhere near you who practices this…..perhaps…. Why not start asking around at your local shops or even run an ad in your local to see if you can find someone who’d be willing to invite you in and teach you what they know?? Just a thought :)

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Kristy February 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

I must admit you are making me wish I had bikram yoga near me, but alas the closest one is an hours drive away :(

Your results are sounding wonderful!

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Katie Paul February 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Thanks Kristy. I’m very lucky to have a class so close.

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Celynne February 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

Thank goodness for the friendly strangers out there. It’s great you’re keeping at it!

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Katie Paul February 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Thanks Celynne ♥

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Libby March 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Love this! And SO much how I am feeling and thinking today. I have been going to the gym before work for about 2 months now. Clothes fit differently but not nearly the weight loss I thought would happen. I know it’s because I am older now but geez! Anyway – I feel encouraged by your similar situation…

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