DAY FOUR: My Crutch. My Bad Habit.

Author: Heather Molina /

Oh. My. God.

I pretty much DIED in class tonight. And this is only DAY FOUR of the challenge! My issue tonight: Acid Reflux.

It happened first in Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee pose. But I struggled through and did both sides. Then I moved onto Tree and Toe Stand. But once I turned on my belly in the floor series for Cobra... I was up "Sh#t-tastic Creek." I couldn't even lie on my belly, let alone do the "back strengthening" series. I had to turn on my side to take the pressure off of my stomach and chest.

For those of you who have never had the pleasure of having acid reflux, let me enlighten you... For me, it starts out as a slight pain in my stomach. Then it moves up my stomach, into the sternum-area. That is where I get to experience more cramping followed by a burning sensation. That slow burn then proceeds to move up into my chest... Then, if I don't back off, it shoots up into my throat.

It is the most uncomfortable sensation I have ever personally experienced during a Bikram class. What causes it? Well, I believe the following:
  • Drinking coffee less than four hours before class.
  • Eating less than three hours before class.
  • Guzzling water right before or during class.
The last one was what did it to me. My really cool Lululemon "Sweat Once A Day" water bottle was filled to the brim with a mixture of Emergen-C and water. And despite having hydrated all day at work, I still proceeded to use the mixture every chance I got in class... Even though I didn't particularly need it.

Simple truth: I just wanted it.

And my body gave me a simple response: "You don't eff-ing need it!" And it decided to try to push it back up out of my body.

I fought my body for the entire class. But I lost the battle while standing around, waiting for the shower after class. It wasn't bad. That's one thing I have learned from Bikram in the past five years...

"You abuse your body, eventually it will correct you on what it likes and does not like."

Tomorrow, shooting for less water.


bikramyogachick said...

Well, it's only day four and already a few of us have had tough classes! Which is why it's GREAT that we are all here together, reading about it, commenting encouragingly......doing this as a group! Phew!
Here's hoping tomorrow is smooth sailing for you!

Ladiladida said...

Learning the difference between needs and wants - what could be more beautiful than that?

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