LSD Experiment #4: Yoga Master

14. April 2016
LSD Experiment #4: Yoga Master

I’ve always like the idea of practicing yoga. But as is the case with just about anything, it’s really fucking easy to like the idea of something, it’s somewhat harder to actually practice it (thought it’s still pretty easy).

Well, simply liking an idea hasn’t ever gotten me jack shit – so I’m gonna practice this one. Watch out yoga world, Markie’s comin’!

I’m particularly intrigued by the notion of bringing yoga into my life because it seems that its benefits are equal parts physical, mental, and spiritual. What’s that expression about killing birds with stones? I don’t know – it’s probably not relevant.

So, LSD #4 is going to be comprised of me practicing yoga three times a week for five weeks. I wasn’t a math major, but that seems to be about fifteen total sessions. Exactly the amount necessary to become a yoga master. Check it out – my brand-spanking new yoga mat just got delivered. It’s a 74 incher; not that this is a yoga mat measuring competition or anything.

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The pillow makes it more comfortable and the beer relaxes me.

While I’m very much a novice, I have done yoga before. If I were a betting man – which I am – I’d bet that I’ve done yoga on twelve separate occasions. I’m just sharing this because I want my background and experience in this realm to be as transparent as possible.

Expectations

Physical:

  1. Increased flexibility

Listen up, gang. I don’t think you’d guess it based on my body type or IQ, but I’m pathetically inflexible. I can’t touch my toes without bending my knees (standing up or sit-and-reach style). It’s painful for me to sit Indian-style (is that the preferred nomenclature?). And even watching someone else do a back bends makes me cringe.

I’d like to change at least one of those shortcomings. Enter yoga.

  1. Physical therapy for lingering pains

A few years back I had a bulging disc in my lower back. The bulging disk put pressure on my sciatic nerve and I’ve since had discomfort related to sciatica. It doesn’t bother me very often these days, but it occasionally rears its ugly head after periods of high physical activity. I imagine this will only get worse as I get older, and I’ve got too much shit to do to be held down by lower back pain.

Its my hope that yoga will strengthen my core muscles such that I can put the lower back issues to rest once and for all.

Mental:

  1. Refreshed mindset

Whenever I get done with a particularly intense or thorough workout, my mind feels well rested – its ready to fire on all cylinders. I’ve noticed this same feeling when I’ve done yoga in the past. I just feel mentally alert and sharp. I’m hoping that this feeling will be magnified with some regularly practice.

Spiritual:

  1. Increased self-awareness

Yoga can be a very meditative practice – so I’m hoping to achieve some of the same benefits that I get from guided meditation. In general, I’m hoping yoga helps me to understand myself better. I’m no stranger to being quiet with my thoughts, but perhaps adding the physical element of yoga will manifest something different in the old cranium.

Combo Platter:

  1. Because P90x

Back in college, my roommates and I went on a P90X binge. My mistake – that was a drinking binge. My mistake again – I guess it’s not a binge if it lasted four years and hasn’t slowed down in the years after graduation.

But I’m pretty sure we also went on a brief P90X binge. One of the videos that we downloaded illegally was Yoga X. In the introduction, the instructor (Tony Horton) mentioned that if he could only do one “exercise” for the rest of his life, he would choose yoga. His reasoning: it kept him young. At the time, Tony was 50 years old or so but looked to be in his mid-30s. Dude was absolutely ripped and in nutso cardio shape as well. And here he is telling me that he would choose yoga over all the other balls-to-the-wall exercises he’s come up with. Well. If yoga’s good enough for Tony, its good enough for Markie.

For the first time in my life I actually followed through with one of my intentions: I kept this post brief! Feel free to tell me how proud you are of me in the comments. Or write something constructive. Either way.

 

Coconut oil guzzling update!

 CALORIE UPDATE

The important take-away from this table is: I consume more [actual] calories on days when I take coconut oil. DAMMIT! The internet lied to me. Coconut oil was supposed to replace exercise, eating well, and showering. In any case, I’m going to keep taking the oil according to my random day-of-the-week generator until I polish the bottle off. Maybe the effects take four months to kick in?


5 thoughts on “LSD Experiment #4: Yoga Master”

  • 1
    Anonymous Fan on April 15, 2016 Reply

    This Tony guy sounds pretty cool. Good luck with Yoga, Mark!

  • 2
    Kendal on August 4, 2016 Reply

    Such a pretty purple mat. 🙂 I’m on my third attempt of The Ultimate Yogi program and I definitely feel stronger and more flexible. I’m a fair-weather exerciser and yoga is the only practice I can stick to. Good luck with your goal!

    • 3
      Markie on August 5, 2016 Reply

      Oh, thank you Kendal – the purple mat makes me feel like Royalty! 🙂

      Glad to hear you’re having success with The Ultimate Yogi program! I still very much consider myself a novice, but I’m noticing improvement with each practice. I also feel stronger, healthier, and in general, healthier after starting yoga.

  • 4
    Marie on March 29, 2017 Reply

    Yoga is awesome. To save money and get a work out, I like Yoga with Adriene on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

    (No, I’m not Adriene, just your friendly neighborhood yogi).

    I also love that the things you need are basically a) your body b) gravity –no machines or fancy clothes or even running shoes. Makes it very wallet-friendly.

    • 5
      Markie on March 29, 2017 Reply

      I also like Yoga with Adriene! Lately I’ve been digging Tim Senesi’s (He’s my brother. Just kidding – also just a friendly neighborhood yogi spreading the good word) videos.

      Thanks for reading and sharing the recommendation, Marie!

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