I've recently decided to back off practicing 2 back to back Bikrams classes because I wasn't getting the desired affect for the time invested. Was I improving my practice enough to justify spending over 4 hours at a time, 3 days a week? Hmmnn....or was I driven for another reason...ego maybe, or trying to sweat off an extra pound or two?
I'm not going to lie, the Bikrams practice comes relatively easy for me. Bikrams yoga suites my strengths, I love the heat and I love to sweat. But that all changes around 12 noon! I've switched from a double morning class to only one noontime class and let me tell you....it the hardest thing I do all day! I get up at 4:00am, since I'm not training early, I get busy writing, cooking, cleaning, etc...by 10:00-11:00am I've been up 6-7 hours already and I start to get hungry and tired. Argh, now I'm in yoga from 12-1:30pm I don't get to eat my first real meal until 2:00pm!
But I know if I miss this last class the opportunity is gone for the day. Silly to flake out just because I don't "feel" like it...but it does cross my mind.
Mostly I see regular people though. The ones I'm mostly impressed with are the ones that have obvious challenges. I'm including three pictures of some of the ones I see almost eveytime I go. All three are elderly and it seems clear to me that this is probably the hardest thing they do everyday....but good for them! Heck if one woman can commit to walking even with a cane then how could I complain?