Posts tagged ‘yoga’

June 4, 2012

Montezuma, Costa Rica: My First Full Day

After months of planning, several mental breakdowns, and a lot of support, Monica and I finally arrived in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

The town lies on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula

It only took two planes, a 2 hour van ride, a 1 hour ferry, another 1.5 hour van ride, and a bit of lost luggage, but we made it! I can completely understand why people go to the ends of the earth to experience this place. Simply put, it is beautiful. The people are incredibly nice for the most part, and very very helpful.

We left San Jose at 8 a.m. yesterday morning and arrived in Montezuma at 1:30. The ride was was so bumpy, but the scenery was amazing. The mountains surround you on all sides like a protective walls, standing high and very very green. It seemed like out of no where the mountains open up to the ocean and BOOM- there you are in Montezuma.

This small town has 2 main roads filled with a few street vendors selling their craft, and dozens of shops, bars, and restaurants. Everything is almost right on the beach. I can’t even describe how lucky we felt to walk up to this beach in 5 minutes.

Montezuma Beach

I still haven’t adjusted to the itty bitty time change, so I woke up at 5 am and read in my room. When I finally got it together and forced Monica to get up too, we found a cafe to eat breakfast. We have been eating some amazing, fresh, and unprocessed food here. It is a whole other post full of details and pictures to come. Anyways, we found one of the girls in our program, Katherine, shared coffee and a few laughs with her, and then started our first full day.

2 hours of Spanish, a big break in between spent sunning and swimming at the beach, and now we are ready for spanish lab- which means we walk around town together and socialize with people speaking only spanish. After that, an hour and a half of yoga 🙂

The Spanish class is very much like that in the States, but our instructor, Wendy, is certainly nicer than any teacher I had. Unfortunately, I may not stay in her class long. Since I have some proficiency already, I will likely move up to Spanish 3.

So far, I am really loving Montezuma. So far, I really miss my family (YES, ALREADY!). I had to keep myself from crying like a wimp while google video chatting with William last night. These past two nights away have been sleepless, but I hope I will sleep better as time goes on. Still, I intend to stick to my purpose- explore and enjoy, and I’m happy I can share it with him virtually.

Is that a nap calling my name? zzzzzzzzz……

September 21, 2011

Today I did the unthinkable….

I signed up for Bikram Yoga. As I sit here, I am living in fear of the 105 degree, 40% humidity environment where I will  be expected to sit for 90 minutes this evening. What have I done?

While there is certainly no shortage of worry, I am also hopeful. I feel like I have tried everything in the past few months to get myself motivated to care more about my health. For some reason, this time has been the most challenging. Perhaps its because I know I have a long time to go until I meet my goal. As you all know (duh), I gained my weight back, and then some. Still, I cannot stop trying. I have to keep trying, even if I fail.

Right now, at this stage in my life, I am 28 years old. I grind my teeth at night, I wake up freqently, and I feel disgusting. Medication helps but makes me unmotivated to do very much activity. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, extremely self conscious and worried I am ruining my reproductive health. I haven’t menstruated since May- an indication that my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is in full swing again. If I don’t fix what the fuck is wrong with me, I may never have kids. I need to get my shit together, and I’m tired of taking medication. Oh, also, I’d like to not be a sure shot candidate for the ‘BEETUS.

I got mad at work the other day (standard) and flipped out (not so standard) and realized that I am totally out of control sometimes. I am way too stressed out and I need to really rope it in. I looked up a whole bunch of yoga studios in Columbia. The Bikram Studio looks the most terrifying, but also the most appealing. I have no idea why. It also happened to be the cheapest.

After reading Paige Williams 60-Day Bikram Yoga Makeover, I felt happy that I was at least going to try it.  She and I have similar health situations (aside from the whole menopause thing).  She made one  mega-ultra-huge point that confirmed my decision.

“But there are problems and there are Problems. I wasn’t dealing with a debilitating condition or an abusive husband or unremitting poverty or the death of a child or a male population that wanted me dead just because I wear lipstick; the only war zone I’ve ever lived in is the one in my head. My situation was self-imposed. I had choices. It was time to start making some good ones. “

She also seemed really happy that she went through with this sweaty hot mess of a project. If she can do it, so can I, right? We shall see.