My alarm clock rang at 6:30am. I woke, my body ached, and I was for sure dehydrated. The 2.5 – 3 liters of water was clearly not enough. Although my muscles hurt slightly and I had a head ache from lack of water, I felted enlightened. I was ready to head back to Bikram class after work and try harder. I nibbled on some peanut butter and jelly toast, packed my yoga kit, and headed into work.
The day went quite quickly and I managed to drink almost double the amount of water that I did the previous day. I felt motivated and inspired by all the beautiful yogi tears I saw on Pinterest and the life-changing articles I had been reading online. Come 5:30 I couldn’t wait to head into that 105 degree room again.
I lay on the floor on my yoga mat staring at the mural on the wall that was before me. I arrived to the class 20 minutes early so my body could get used to the heat before I started. The mural was of a chariot and wild horses, it was so big and captivating that I asked the person next to me if they knew what it was about.
They told me that this is an ancient yoga text “The Driver and the Chariot”. You imagine that you are the driver of a chariot harnessed to five unruly, strong horses. You need to drive the chariot to your chosen destination with control. You have to become the driver and take control of the horses. The horses are your senses – the eyes, ears, tongue, nose and sense of touch. To succeed in life you must be able to control your senses. If your senses are unrestrained like the wild horses, pulling you in all sorts of directions, you’ll never have a meaningful direction in life. With that, the instructor entered the room and the 26 postures started.
The ancient yoga text lingered in my mind throughout the class; I was stronger and determined to try every posture to its fullest, I chanted in my mind throughout the class “stay focused” and found a point in the mirror which was my belly button to help me attain this.
My yoga kit
Although not every pose was 100% correct, I tried to my fullest and it felt great. I lay in the final shivasanna feeling happy, focused, and in tune with my inner self.
Day two was a great class, I wonder what tomorrow will hold. If you haven’t read day one yet go here: My Bikram Journal Day One
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