MIL and I have started yoga classes this week. We had our ‘yoga doctor’ consultation yesterday, where our personal routine for next 3 months was given out. The Yoga Centre is a big old building on Marine Drive. Women and men have separate areas to practise and there are no ‘classes’ as such, just a place for you to practise. For the first week our instructor will help us with poses and then we can just come in at any time and go about our routine. Its a nice way to do things and the room where it is held is very quiet and calm.
For my first week I have to perform ‘Jala neti’, a sinus cleansing process, before i start the asanas. This involves leaning over a sink, tilting your head to one side, shoving a little jug with a long spout up one nostril and then tilting the jug so the lightly salted water inside flows into your nostril and then comes out the other one. It feels very strange and took a bit to get used to. If you have your head at the wrong angle then some of it comes down your throat and it made me feel like retching a bit. But overall it was quite interesting and will hopefully help to clear up the hayfever/rhinitis/stuffiness that I often suffer from. I did it a couple of times on each side and felt quite cleansed afterwards.
I will just do this for a week and then I go onto ‘Rubber neti’. I wasn’t too worried about this until I looked it up on the internet today. Apparently someone is going to help me insert a rubber tube up my nose and then pull it out my mouth. They then move it back and forth to cleanse my sinuses. Bleurgh.. I have a feeling that I am going to end up throwing up over whoever has to do this for me. It makes me shudder just to think about it.. but I am going to have an open mind and give it a go I guess.
I am definitly not going to do anything involving urine however. I found this site which outlines all the cleansing processes and I can’t say I’d be too keen to try the Swamutra or Gomutra Neti Processes! (cow urine.. up your nose!)
But, rubber tubes aside, I think the yoga will be great for me – for my weight control, moodiness, concentration and energy levels especially. And I’ll have the cleanest nostrils in town and that can’t be a bad thing!
And don’t worry, I will keep you all fully updated with how the rubber hose up my nose really feels!