I took yesterday off from Bikram at the Cell Rejuvenation Center in Portland, because my body was SO SORE from the first class. I thought, “My muscles need a day of rest.” BUT then I got online, and found that it is recommended to practice 6 days a week for the first 6 months!
You mean 6 days a week of intense heat and pushing myself BEYOND what feels possible for my body? You mean 6 days a week of watching my inner dialogue (a great form of meditation) say things like, “Oh my God, I feel like I am going to die! 6 days a week of watching my legs wobble in standing postures? 6 days a week of wondering if I’ll ever get over the beginners hump?”
Perspective shift: “What, you mean 6 days of week of knowing I did my best? 6 days a week of releasing toxins from my body? 6 days a week of feeling more in tune with my body, mind, and Spirit? 6 days a week of a 90 minute moving meditation? 6 days a week of post Bikram Bliss?”
Ahh. Yes. That feels better.
And guess what? Seeing the people in class who are dedicated to their practice, standing in their strength, moving through deep flexibility tells me that I will get there too. AND, it tells me that where I am, right now, is OK. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Every year a birthday comes and we are either more or less healthy than the year that proceeded. Which will we choose?
This is a BUSY week for me, and I’m going to be “roughing it” in the woods from Thursday-Sunday with no Bikram available, though I will have other yoga forms available to me. I’ll practice as much as I can now through Thursday when I join a group of raw foodists to learn more about how to support my desire for moving more into a “Live Food” lifestyle.
I found a great video for inspiration, and plan to be in the 4 o’clock class today! For some reason, the video wouldn’t upload into the post today, so I’ve attached a link to this paragraph. Just click anywhere to watch. Its Great! Enjoy!