That’s the question, right?  When do you stop feeling like you might die?  Some of you may remember this post from a whole ago.  It refers to one of the things Bikram reportedly tells his students when he is teaching.  “Just try to kill yourself, honey,” he says.  The point is to encourage them: work as hard as you can, push yourself until you can’t push yourself any further, take a deep breath, push a little more, and then emerge from your practice stronger for it.  

Feeling like you’re going to die is a huge part of the reason why the heat is important in Bikram yoga.  The mental practice of pushing past those barriers we all have is one of the reasons why yoga is important to me, and it’s one of the main ways that my yoga practice carries over into my life outside of the studio.   Every time you work through a class where you think you might die, you are learning to silence the voice inside of you telling you you’re not tough enough, or strong enough, or good enough.  Learning how to silence those voices, helps place you on a path towards being the confident, strong, inspiring person that you are.

So keep going to class, keep feeling like you might die.  Just try to kill yourself, honey!

Pep talk over.

C

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Last week, my coworker’s suggestion that we try a cleanse this weekend inspired me to try something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now: try a raw food diet!

I originally became interested in raw food last year, when almost in the same week, I went to a restaurant that serves raw food, and I reunited with an old friend who had a girlfriend who ate a raw diet.  I reacted to it like “huh…. why would anyone want to do that?”  I still think it would be hard to exist in a world with hot bowls of soup on a cold day, or mashed potatoes.  period.  All of my comfort foods are hot or warm, and all of my comfort foods are definitely cooked.  Not to mention I LOVE to cook.  Is there anything better than seasoning a pasta sauce to perfection, leaning over the pot, and inhaling the salty, moist steam?

That being said, I definitely did some re-identifying of comfort foods when I became a vegan a couple years ago, and I’m sure given the right motivation, I could do it again.  For the purposes of this particular challenge, I will only be going raw for one weekend, that is one long weekend.  I started my challenge yesterday, and I will be completing the raw food challenge on monday evening.  My intention is to explore what makes a food comforting, how we interact with food in social situations, and how eating a raw diet makes my body and my brain feel.

Wish me luck!

rarely yours,

C