So it turns out I can live (not just survive but live)without coffee booze or sugar. I can live with less variety of food in exchange for feeling vitality. Vitality was not a familiar feeling. I can safely say without fear of exaggerating that I had never felt vitality before. Yours truly got her first period when she was 9 years old and started smoking Marlboros at age 12 ( and not just bumming a cigarette here and there, but buying my own pack.) Hormonal disruption and adrenal fatigue have been my companions for a very long time. So in 45 days you drop 27 pounds, stop sweating in a way that gets your hair wet, start sleeping through the night, and feel really alert and ON. It is also enough time to convince you to live on a mono diet (is that a real term?) for most of your month with the occasional thanksgiving, birthday, anniversary and other celebrations interspersed in those 52 weeks. Nothing happens until you’re ready.
My brain/mind always told me that I would not make it through a month of no sugar, no grains, no salt, no fermentation, veganism but it was wrong. I did last the month and I have two weeks left to finish my 45 day protocol. I am sure that there will be opportunities to have a bagel, some burgundy, a doughnut, in the future because as the good doctor says, no food is bad. Food aggravates what is already out of whack. 20 lbs. less makes it a lot easier to add back that vinyasa in between sides even though I am still a couple of poses away from not being exhausted for Urdvha Dhanurasana. I chose the title to this post mostly to point out that most of us are so used to having a foggy mind, that we have no idea what it’s like not to have one. To me, that has been the biggest change (along with uninterrupted sleep) brought by this treatment. I really feel that I can think more clearly and am less anxious and indecisive.
Speaking of anxious and indecisive: WTF is this I hear that KPYAJI is canceling already accepted registrations because it overbooked?? What if you already bought your ticket, or are already in Bali and about to continue to Mysore??? Are there other Shalas from authorized teachers nearby? I would just go to one of those instead of staying home. #nextyearsaraswathi2017
The inclusion of more fruit into my meals is quite welcome at this point, and am looking forward with illusion and gratitude to vegetables next week. Added also to the protocol: lime diluted in water then mixed with goat milk. Was prepared to gag but there was no need. I am also the owner of a whole new fleet of clay pot cookware, from fancy to rustic, to goodwill finds that I have yet to utilize, since no cooked food yet. I am sharing below a lecture given by Dr. Sumit to a group of his students (Audio only but pretend it’s a podcast). It describes many of the things I am trying to incorporate into my lifestyle.
Ray and my buddies say I don’t but, I think I smell bad. Sort of like ripe garbage and it feels gross. Oh, and I have pink eye! Which I never got in 22 years of teaching children. Dr. Sumit and I had a skype chat earlier today (8:30 pm Mumbai) and I was given the okay to start adding more fruits and plants to my regimen. I must also start drinking pickling lime diluted in water. I was told that pranayama was enough for me and ashtanga was optional ( sorry sir but the cult is the cult). and that in three months I will be right as rain. I can also stop taking cold showers and add a bit of warm water. Of course I forgot to tell him about the pink eye. I will wait till our next consult to confess my fondness for wine and ask if it is possible to continue my romance with the fruit of the vine in the not so distant future. I am not happy about passing Portland Maine this weekend without having my food party but there is a first for everything.
So I’ve been eating papaya and rice water, with flower and raisin water for snacks for 9 days now and my hormones must be both surprised and happy because I am not hungry. Not even mentally which is unusual because my favorite activity is planning what to cook, where to buy it and keeping up with the foodie scene. Also nice to have released 13 pounds of who knows what, and to be sleeping well. The down side is that the yoga is not very amenable to this amount of nourishment. I barely make it to Parsvottanasana, am too dizzy to balance the next two, endure Utkatasana, and my arms are like 30 lb. dumbells each on both Virabhadransanas. Long story short, Purvattanasana has been my last pose before closing since last Friday, when I thought that I could do led no problem and had to lay down for a nap. Checked with the good doctor’s assistant while he is up in the Himalayas till mid September, and she firmly said no asana the first two weeks, only pranayama! Okay, you could have wrote that down for me madam when you sent me my pdf protocol..
That’s tomorrow 8/15/16. I am embarking on a 45 day protocol prescribed by Dr. Sumit Kesarkar which will help reset my metabolic intelligence at the cellular level. You do it once and that’s it. check out the Marmayog youtube channel if you’re curious. Also I can only answer questions about what’s going on with me as I do this because I only took a two day workshop and I am having a hard time deciphering my notes from 2 months ago.So google the good Dr. for better answers. I get the feeling that he is not a fan of Ashtanga yoga, but we can work around that. My friend D who is trained in Ayurveda gave me a good tip for perspective: She said look at this protocol as a gift that you have been fortunate to receive, instead of as a challenge that you must overcome. I took that to heart because it switched on a lightbulb.
At least for those of us who love to both eat, sweat, and look decent but comfortable. By decent I don’t mean just being covered, I mean feeling confident and happy with what you’re wearing. I’ve been watching everyone around me switch from the basic black legging to the wild print legging until it was just me and the guys in solid colored bottoms. My pal Jen Calderon clued me in as to where to find some prints to experiment with which would not be $100 (you cannot walk around after practice in wild floral or tie die like you do in basic black, sorry so no) at Victoria’s secret. Those work. I got carried away and saw some Adiddas patterned ones at Costco for a song and threw them into the cart. They are maybe good for running or weight lifting? Because those thing grab you so tight in the knees and upper legs that good luck with Padmasana and all the seated poses. The last thing you need during practice is to do battle with your clothes.Teacher said cute pants and I answered thanks but they’re not coming back.