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The Time I Fell Asleep In Double Pigeon

It’s been a really good Sunday. I spent over six hours in various yoga studios. I taught four classes and over 115 yogis over the course of the day and felt so inspired to practice myself at the end of it all that I took a class tonight!

I started my day with a 6:15 wake up call to head over to Y2 to sub the 7:30 hot vinyasa and then I taught my normal 9:15 hot class. 

I was starving when I arrived home and couldn’t decide whether I wanted brunch or lunch. I decided to go with brunch and made an omelet with sautéed spinach, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese. A maple oatmeal scone and pear slices on the side.

I was scheduled to sub two yoga classes at the Dowd Y this afternoon. I’m not on the regular schedule there but I love to fill in when they need help.

Imagine my surprise when I arrived to teach the 3 p.m. and found the room totally slammed. We had to turn people away! I had 45 yogis in class. Incredible! I taught one last class at 4:15 and then booked it out of there to make Joey’s 5:45 “Kick Your Asana” at Charlotte Yoga. I love Joey. He started class by sitting us down and sharing the most amazing message and then put us in child’s pose and blasted Prince. Amazing. Class was wonderful and ended with me passing out COLD in double pigeon.

The second I put my head down, I began to doze off. What can I say? I love hip openers. Actually, I think I may have slept through some of the final poses. I can’t be sure. I just remember Joey telling us to make our way into savasana. I’m not sure if anything else happened after our pigeons. Oh well, it was so what I needed.

What yoga pose relaxes you the most? It would definitely be pigeon for me…followed closely by half reclining hero and savasana, of course! 😉

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  • The Hippie Health Nut January 15, 2012, 9:12 pm

    I love falling asleep during yoga. 🙂 Any of the hip openers usually do it for me, too. Or, just hanging in rag doll. I know I won’t fall asleep since I’m standing up, but it’s sooo relaxing.

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 15, 2012, 9:13 pm

    That’s a lot of yoga! 🙂

  • Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 15, 2012, 11:14 pm

    You had such a busy day, I’m not surprised you passed out mid-pose! I’d really love to get into yoga on a regular basis, it can be so relaxing!

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna January 15, 2012, 11:47 pm

    my favorite pose is child’s pose – it never fails to relax me and i’m not too great at yoga still so it’s one pose i definitely can do! 😉 i have no idea how you can manage to have so much yoga packed into one day – props to you!

  • lau January 16, 2012, 2:48 am

    hip openers for me too =)
    But i never fell asleep though. This is hilarious =)

  • Sophie January 16, 2012, 6:16 am

    wow, i am jealous you can fall asleep during hip openers…Being a runner with tight hips, the hip openers are a lot of work for me, and I am not relaxed…I wish I could say I could fall asleep in savasna, but I am usually thinking about what to stop for at the grocery store on the way home! I know, I know, that’s not what the pose is about at all — just keeping it real!

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:47 am

      haha…the open hips didn’t happen overnight. i definitely had to pay my dues for all the running i did. my hips still get super tight and crampy if i run a lot and don’t yoga enough. you have to let go in savasana! all that stuff will be there when you leave class! but i think it’s something we all struggle with so i do appreciate your keeping it real! 😉

  • Holly January 16, 2012, 8:46 am

    Double pigeon is one of my favorites too 🙂

    I also like spinal twists and happy baby.

  • kat January 16, 2012, 8:49 am

    i thought about you a lot yesterday – in the spirit of my 2012 mantra (just do it!), i went to a hot vinyasa class and LOVED it. there is this amazing yoga studio here in asheville that is free or donation if you are able – the idea is just to get people there and practicing no matter what they can afford, and then taking the positivity that comes from practicing and spreading it back out into the community. it is a *beautiful* space and philosophy. anyway, i didn’t fall asleep but did have a lump in my throat through savasana. i am definitely beginning to “get” yoga – and i’ll return to that studio for sure. 🙂 you definitely have helped inspire me to a. get to the yoga studio and b. to GO for it in general. thank you. ♥

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:46 am

      kat – thank you so much for sharing this with me. i love your 2012 mantra. how amazing that that you have a donation-based studio that is so well-supported by the community. there is nothing like the feeling you get when yoga starts to become more than just a different way to workout. it’s such an incredible way to connect with yourself and “get real.” i hope you have an amazing year full of yoga, going for it and goodness. love you!

  • Mattie @ Comfy and Confident January 16, 2012, 9:43 am

    That is a lot of yoga and a lot of different studios. I am jealous, I love yoga and never get to do it as much as I would like.

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:42 am

      it was pretty much my perfect day! 🙂

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets January 16, 2012, 9:48 am

    Pigeon and rag doll are my favorite poses to just relax. I’ve fallen asleep in savasana twice before!

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:42 am

      oh, rag doll is a good one. feels so good on the low back and hamstrings.

  • Brittany (healthy Slice of Life) January 16, 2012, 10:00 am

    Congrats on the packed yoga class! Word must have gotten around that you were subbing 🙂 I can’t wait to take one of your classes!

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:41 am

      haha…i think it’s just a super popular class time! 😉

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 16, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Whoa, teaching two yoga classes back-to-back?! That’s crazy., Even teaching one has me worn out! Funny you fell asleep in the pose, too! I’ve never fallen asleep in one..but I have had a few students doze off a few times. Usually in either child’s or shavasana!

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:41 am

      well, i don’t practice with them…i just walk around and assist so it’s not so bad. i do get a bit tired of “inhale up dog, exhale down dog” at times! 😉

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad January 16, 2012, 2:23 pm

    I love me some pigeon! After every single run, I come in the door and immediately fly into pigeon pose! It’s the best for runners! And I can totally see how you could fall asleep….

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:40 am

      that is sooooo good for you that you take pigeon after runs. your hips thank you! 😉

  • She Rocks Fitness January 16, 2012, 2:41 pm

    After the long day you had, no wonder why you dozed off! 🙂 I love when that happens in my practices. It feels so good. I believe it’s a sign of totally surrendering, which don’t allow ourselves to do enough. I’m currently loving “legs up the wall pose”…fully relaxes me. Love it!

    • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:39 am

      i totally agree with you on the surrender and it’s a beautiful feeling. i love taking savasana with my legs up sometimes too. it’s also great after a long run!

  • Tiffany January 17, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Wow, you are one busy bee! I really admire your dedication to healthy living and exercise. I always look forward to your blog posts 🙂

    I sent you an email about exercise and nutrition…so hopefully you got it 🙂

    Hope you have a great day!!

  • Kim January 18, 2012, 3:26 pm

    SO impressed that you could fall asleep in that pose!! I struggle just to breathe in a single leg pigeon pose. Darn those tight hips! You have motivated to continue working on it. I have seen other comments and questions about yoga on DVD or online. I have found a nice resource on yogaglo.com. I believe it is from a studio in LA. There is a monthly fee but you can choose from a lot of styles of yoga, class length and difficulty. I have never joined a yoga studio but feel I have gotten more out of this than the classes I have attended at 24 Hour Fitness. Check it out and let me know if I’m wasting my money!

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