Sun Salutations in the Sun

I practiced in the late afternoon sunshine on my back porch today. My chest felt like it was really popping through my arms, and I was curious as to whether it showed. So, I decided to take some video footage. It turned out rather poorly, production-values-wise. And, actually, my Updogs don’t look nearly as good as they felt.

BUT…when I look at this video, it actually makes me feel very very calm.

Can watching yoga make you feel calm?

Well, yeah. I think it can.

I remember one time just a little over five years ago, when I used to practice Bikram, and I was finishing up my chemo, and I had a horrible eye infection because after six months of chemo, I was left with like zero white blood cells to fight infection, and I had to have an MRI of my eyeballs. It was scary. Not so much because my head was in a vice while the machine of doom whirred loudly and the techies standing around me were instructing me to hold still for about 15 minutes. But more because I was scared shitless about what the MRI might show. Sure, they were looking for infections in my eye sockets. But what was to stop them from finding a brain tumor?

Somehow I had the presence of mind to visualize the Bikram sequence. One by one, I saw myself practicing each asana in my mind’s eye. And I remained calm. And still. And the techies got their film. And it was over in what seemed like a moment or two, even though it was far longer.

It was a nice practice. I told myself I only had to do Primary. So, naturally, I did my entire practice. Funny how that works.



5 Responses to Sun Salutations in the Sun

  1. Polly says:

    I love it, poor production and all!

    We have replaced our LR carpet with a wood, so now I have a beautiful floor on which to practice.

    Do you always practice to music? It adds a lot. I need to do that more.

  2. Tracy says:

    that is so great~ and i can see how tiny you are…as when i do my jumpbacks my feet are at the very end of the mat with NO room to spare!! i never noticed that until i watched your video!
    you look awesome!

  3. nairamsroads says:

    I do think it’s calming to watch Yoga 🙂 I love it. It seems like such a fluid dance to me. It’s beautiful.

    As Polly said above; poor production and all, I found it very inspiring.

    Thank you.


  4. Tiger says:

    Would love to have you recount some of your healing Bikram experiences at – think it would be inspiring to other members of this new social network.

    Perhaps we could interview you?

  5. Yoga Chickie says:

    Feel free to contact me, Tiger through my email address.

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