“That was the hardest class I’ve ever taken…”

This was a statement that I overhead following class. It made me stop and think how would I answer that question.

I started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2001. I remember the tiny studio where is all began. It was a one room studio. The lost-n-found was in the dishwasher in the corner. We needed to put our mats side-by-side to accommodate everyone. I remember thinking, “this has to be the hardest class… because I don’t have any space.”

The tiny studio grew and moved to a new spacious location. The facility was lovely but temperature and humidity were known to fluctuate. Some days, I would just pray that the instructor would open the door so we could have some fresh air. I remember thinking, “this is the hardest class… because the room temperature is not consistent.”

In 2012, I attended the 9 week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. I remember some really long, tough, and hot classes. We were practicing 2 classes a day. I was pushing my body to the absolutely maximum. Most days, my goal was just to stay in the room.   I remember thinking, “these have to be the hardest classes I have ever taken… because I am physically and mentally exhausted.”

Looking back now, I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

I have fond memories of the tiny studio. I learned not to be distracted by my neighbor.

The spacious studio was home for many years. I treasure all the friendships I made during those years.

Bikram Yoga Teacher Training was a life changing experience. I would give anything right now for a long, tough, hot class taught by Bikram. I learned that I am stronger, more focused, and more capable that I ever knew.

How would I answer this question today? Practicing alone!

I have learned that the power of group energy can get you through any class. I have a huge appreciation for a room full of sweaty Bikram yogis.

So the next time my mind starts to analyze a class, I am going to be thankful for the opportunity to practice with a group.   I never knew how much I needed the collective energy of a group until it was gone.

I can now say, bring on the hard classes. If the classes were easy, I wouldn’t be on this amazing journey.

2015-08-07T17:08:55+00:00 By |Blog, Front-page-posts, Thoughts|