I am not a fan of being upside down. Maybe it is a control thing, or an inner ear thing, but most likely it is just a fear thing. So when I heard that my beloved Inner Power Yoga was having an inversions workshop on the last day of the cleanse, I thought what a perfect way to close out the three weeks.
When I arrived, the room was already packed. There was a pretty even distribution between students who were experienced and the rest of us non-headstanders. As the instructor went over what we’d be doing, my pulse raced and I started sweating. I actually thought of leaving the room. Thankfully, I talked some sense into myself with some encouraging words.
We started with easier arm balances, which I got. I’m fairly strong and there was no fear of falling in those. Although I did actually fall out of one! We then progressed to a handstand. Us beginners did it against the wall, which is like a safety net. The key for me is kicking up. I just couldn’t get it, so I asked the instructor for help. As I kicked, he straightened me out and voila, I was doing a handstand. Once I was up, I could hold and balance — thank you strength training. I came down without falling and seriously got tears in my eyes. I have been afraid of handstands for most of my life. How invigorating to face it head on and overcome it.
Next, we moved on to headstands, which I took to pretty quickly. Once I learned the technique for getting up, it came relatively easily. Lastly, we did shoulder stands and plow pose. Unfortunately, my hamstrings are so dang tight, plow is not a pose I excel at…but I’m working on it. Overall, the workshop was a highlight of the last three weeks.
The final day of my Fall cleanse started off very calmly with some extra sleep and writing in bed. I finally got going around 10am and went for a run. It was beautiful and sunny, but cold. I bundled up and headed out, but my body wasn’t crazy about the idea of a run. Since it was late and I can’t eat before running, I was hungry. Plus, the scale was super low this morning, so I think I was dehydrated and got a side stitch. Thus, I ended up listening to my body and walking about ½ of it. But I was in a fantastic mood, having just downloaded some new music. As I got stopped at an intersection, I had a pep in my step and was grinning. I caught the eye of one of the drivers who smiled back. It is nice to spread smiles.
Physical Feelings – The scale was super low today (it is always lower when I sleep in), so I felt a little dehydrated and lean. My tummy was ridiculously flat. Sadly that will not stick around past Thursday (Thanksgiving).
Emotional Feelings – I felt calm and happy after the workshop. It wasn’t just the elation of overcoming the fear, it was being surrounded by others doing the same thing. I was also thrilled that it was the last day of the cleanse!
Food Intake –-
Breakfast (11am) – apple, blackberries
Shake (11:30am) – SP Complete, SP Whey Protein, Whole Fiber powder, mango, strawberries and spinach (finally tried some greens in my shake…it was good!)
Lunch (4pm) – salmon, asparagus, red pepper slices, blackberries, blueberries
Shake – again skipped the 2nd shake. Just didn’t have time for it today.
Dinner (6pm) – roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli slaw with Dijon mustard, ¾ apple
Cravings – Wine, chocolate. Funny though…I got Mediterranean food for the kids tonight and I had no desire to grab their fries or feta. Thinking about it now, it didn’t even cross my mind.
Movement – Covered this already… a walk/jog/run, also took the dogs on a short walk, and the inversions workshop. Looking forward to lifting again tomorrow.