I went to an Immune strengthening yoga workshop today at Denise's Orange studio. The day was hot and lovely, even more so than yesterday, by the time I got in the car at noon. I was looking forward to it though because Richard has that miserable coughing thing and coughed on me all night long. I don't want to catch it. I'm hoping that the work I did today will discourage those microbes from taking over and making me ill. In the past, I have tended to have weak lungs and could not treat coughs with serious medications because I am allergic to codeine and any number of antibiotics.
The workshop consisted of many of the same postures I do routinely, but the secret is that each must be held for 5, 10, 15 minutes for the various asanas. The ten minute head stand left me dizzy and woozy, and Denise said she shorted us 5 minutes on it! I don't think I would have made it. Then the 15 minute shoulder stand, with all kinds of variations, was tough. I gave up just before she told us to get out of it because my stomach felt as if it had been macrameed (sp?). But by the time we got to the final pose, a long long savasana on a bolster with an eyebag over my eyes, balanced on a black Halloween napkin to thwart germs, knocked me right out. I lapsed into snoring before too long, and only woke myself up a few minutes before she told us to get out of the pose. I am glad she didn't frown on my falling asleep. Some teachers would have.