|Eric had this waiting on me after my Day 30 class!|
Today's blog is accompanied by photos of some of my crazy adventures over the past few years.
Well, it has been 3 days since the final class of my Bikram 30 Day Challenge. I wanted to sit on it a bit before blogging and I'm glad I did. One thing I learned about this challenge is that my attitude changed from class to class, including the final class. Some nights I would leave the studio feeling complete, at peace, elated, grateful, and thinking "This is the best thing I've done for myself in a long time". Other nights, I would be in the class thinking "What the hell am I thinking?! Why am I subjecting myself to the heat, the injuries, the 'torture chamber'?"..as Bikram Choudhury himself calls it.
Until Tuesday evening.
I felt a sense of loss not going to class. I missed it...even though my body is sore and aching and I have a pulled hamstring. The same thing happened yesterday; I kept thinking of class and of the poses. After a dinner with the family (that included some of my much neglected wine!) I came home (yes...slightly buzzed) and proceeded to "teach" Eric all 26 poses of Bikram! I've stated in previous posts that my balance leaves a lot to be desired in class...well, as you can imagine gravity was NOT kind to me while drunk-yogaing. (yes, I think I just made up that word...go with it).
|Helicopter ride over NYC|
So I've determined that, love it or hate it, it's in my heart now. I want to continue going and continue to reap the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. I just wish it weren't so darn expensive. $17 per class, $125 for 10 classes, or $1350 for annual unlimited!! Wowza! But I'm going to try to budget to do at least 2 classes per week. Eric even insisted that I find a way to make it work because he can tell it's something I really like (sometimes!). And I found out through a friend there is free yoga in the park on Sunday's...not Bikram...but with our summer heat it will be close enough!
In the end, after 30 days of 90 minute classes at between 105~110 degree heat, after a pulled neck muscle and a pulled hamstring, after the tough classes and the great classes, I am very glad that I got this wild hair up my (now tighter) butt and took and completed this challenge. Having never taken a Bikram yoga class in my life, I think it's a pretty great feat to have jumped right in to 30 straight days.
And thank you to my yogi's at Bikram Yoga North Scottsdale. There were times when I really struggled, but everyone at the studio was so kind and inspired me so much. I certainly picked a great studio in which to learn.
I can now add this 30 day challenge to my list of adventures that includes (but is not limited to) zip-lining, rappelling, trapeze school, helicopter ride, X-Scream, Insanity, and the Big Drop. Keep watching for what's next!
Breathe and all will be revealed, love and all will be healed. This is yoga. -Seane Corn