This morning, I did something crazy. I got out of bed when my alarm went off at 4:45, washed my face, brushed my teeth, went to the bathroom, threw on some (minimal) clothing, threw on some sweats, kissed Shaun & the girls goodbye, grabbed a bottle of water, my bag and the car keys and walked out the door. At 5:15 am. Whoa.
??!?!?!!?!??! <-- it's a Monday morning! My thoughts exactly.
So...what in the world was I doing? Going to bikram yoga :)
Yes, lots of smiley faces. Even at 5:15 am, I was smiling, and looking forward to class.
Backing up a bit, I took my first-ever bikram yoga class with Shaun on Saturday -- a modest 8 am class -- as we had purchased a Groupon and it was coming close to expiring. I had some idea of what to expect thanks to friends that have practiced. We arrived at class early, threw our stuff in the changing room and headed into the room with our mats, towels and water bottles. Suffice it to say, we were sweating even before class began. Our instructor was fantastic and I was really impressed with the fact that she knew everyone's name in the room. Bikram = a family? Liking it. We practiced for 90 minutes and I really appreciated the levels of skill in the room. It made it enjoyable knowing I was there for myself, and myself only. I was able to complete most poses but definitely stayed in the elementary form on many....and that was encouraged since I was a newbie, and I was pleased. By the time class ended, I was ringing out my towel, tiny shorts and sports bra. For someone who doesn't feel like they're getting a workout unless they're sweating, this is the type of exercise for me ... I.LOVE.TO.SWEAT!
Jumping back to this morning, I was again early to class and took those ten minutes to relax and just be. And to think of nothing and to be happy about it. I also loved this morning's instructor -- she also knew everyone's name and was so encouraging. During savasana, she reminded us that this pose is often the hardest to achieve, and that is why it is done so many times during a practice. It's so hard for the body to rest and be completely still. We are all such busy people, and we never give our bodies time to just be. Less is more. Amen, sister. And exactly what I needed to hear this morning.
I left the studio at 7:40 and was home, showered and out the door with the dogs for a couple miles by 8 am. By 8:30 am I had my coffee, a pretty bomb-ass homemade breakfast sandwich if I may say so myself, and was at my desk beginning my work day. And you know what? I'm feeling pretty good. It's amazing what the body can do before 8 am if you will it to :)
Sidenote: the one observation in my first two bikram classes, at least here in Pittsburgh, is that drinking water during the 90 minute practice is highly discouraged. I was pretty shocked by this, especially after receiving recommendations from friends to not only drink a lot of water before and after class, but also during. Does anyone have some background here/can you enlighten me?
And sorry for the lack of blog photos today. Trust me when I say you didn't want to see a hot, sweaty picture of me. And I inhaled my breakfast sandwich before I could reach for the camera. Oops. But in the words of little Piddles, i.e. Hailey, <said in British accent> not sorry