Day 6 - Stretching Myself Out
Progressing in the April Fast - Stretching out & getting Healthy
Date: 4/24/2013 9:05:00 PM ( 8 y ) ... viewed 1358 times
Nearly noon, day 6 - feeling great, light a little floaty - getting into that part of the fast I often experience where on waking I find myself really deep in the dream state, really hard to wake for the first moment - you feel you're really deeply in that other dimension.
Got up today and did some mantra practice then about 45 mins of light Yoga, really stretching out my legs - sciatic nerve, I've been so tight, really locked up neck and shoulders for quite a while now on and off - I think it might be due to the pressure of a wisdom tooth moving about and growing, it's hard to tell - think I should get it checked out though... sends a sort of radiating pain down my neck and shoulder on the right side - I can kind of imagine this tooth with its roots pushing into some nerve at the back of my head... mmmm there not supposed to bother people so much at my age, maybe all the yoga and fasting is making me young :)
Drinking one of my shrubs at the moment - peach/basil/lemongrass and have to say, it is awesome. I can see I'm going to need to make a lot more of these in the future - what a great drink... goodbye sugar cordials. The shrubs are much more refreshing, and quite complex in flavor.
Well, I feel a lot better after that session of stretching. I've been practicing Yoga for many years, not so consistently, but have get somewhere with all of it - I guess in my life I've done a real mix of things from the gym to martial arts to yoga, swimming, cycling etc - don't cycle anymore unless its on the gym bike - used to love it but am in a big city I don't enjoy it in anymore and totally got out of it - aggressive traffic and massive hills put an end to that... Now I'm more interested in dance and yoga and will prob do some phases at the gym now and again when I feel like a wave of that..
Just relaxed today and spent time really stretching out what was so tight - listening to my body and starting slowly where I am. I found a yoga class on youtube a couple years ago for neck and shoulder pain and do a bit of that one whenever I get this locked up - its a good way to thaw out and get my body back in order when I'm in these restorative phases - keep it gentle for a week or so and get everything stretched out and moving again before pressing on into more athletic stuff I'm able to get into when I'm not a tense little ball of aches and pains.
Thinking today about how important it is to not so much push yourself but to have a relationship with yourself - listen and check in with your body and be in touch, not with ideas of what you should be doing or how much time you've done this or that but just feeling if you are tight and listening to that and doing something, even if its 10 minutes to address that... I'm very easily caught up in the workload and the computer and stuff with people and everything cerebral and external to that simple communication with my self - my vessel... It's something I need to go a little more inwards and make that time for - listen more to the quiet voice inside me and nurture myself.
I was neglecting some of my regular morning practices for quite a while and I'm having an awakening to that and how important it is to make this time for my spiritual and physical practice. This western world is not one that really supports much of what I aspire to - I need to follow those interests and passions and wisdoms of mine and not follow the apathy, materialism and distraction :) Easy to get sucked in!
Ah well - read yesterday about coffee enemas, something I've never done before - and think I will try that today and see how it goes, meant to clean the blood - sounds awesome... I usually do a couple of enemas these days on a fast - used to do swf and have given that up now, the last time I did it it gave me a bad feeling - it seems easier to just let the detox take its course now with a couple of enemas, not too many of those either - don't think you need to do it everyday unless you are really toxic.
I had been having a lot of headaches and pain - neck, shoulder, back etc during and before this fast - I started the fast just as my period came on, which can give me headaches sometimes - but they kept up even afterwards - today that seems to be gone, for now anyway - thinking the stretching helped, and have been drinking a bit more water to make sure I'm hydrated.
Seemed to drop a lot of weight very quickly yesterday - noticed a pretty big shift - the fast is doing its stuff... starting to really look forward to all the filming I'm going to be doing and the trip to Bali - its going to be great and I'm pleased I'll be in shape for all of this - I use my time in Bali to retreat and get myself strong again after slogging away in Melbourne - killing myself to do what I want to do hahaha - last year I was there 2 months and got myself really strong doing a lot of Yoga and came home and had established this practice and kept it up pretty much until Christmas when family visits followed by relationship dramas than a full time course and massive workload tumbled me out of it. Now its a few months on from that and getting myself back to healthy - hopefully I won't get tumbled out for a long time after this and will keep it up, making this time for myself and progressing with a better diet and practice.
Wish me luck all you out there :)
& luck to you!
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