I have come to my last day of this Bikram yoga challenge and I must admit I do not want it to end; having a challenge to document everyday has been somewhat therapeutic for me. Although I will say I am looking forward to drinking coffee this weekend!
I love coffee too much!
On the way to work my mind felt so clear and throughout my work day I felt connected, grounded, and fueled. My muscles felt more toned especially in my legs and arms and my posture more upright. I was so intrigued by the experience I went through this week that I couldn’t stop researching more and more about yoga online and finally purchased the book I have been craving for some time: Hell-Bent by Benjamin Lorr. I was hungry to learn more and experience more.
Come 5:30 it was time to leave work and bring my 5-day challenge to a close. I lay on the floor staring at the ceiling, trying to meditate and pushing all thoughts away before class started. There were only 6 of us in the class tonight, it was quiet. The door opened… an elderly man walked in, “up please, begin” and so I went into standing deep breath. I thought after 4 days I had mastered the pose but I was wrong. The instructor stood behind “no, no, no you’re releasing your elbows at the wrong time, inhale… now open”, “don’t be lazy on me”, “push your elbows up further… and smile”. The posture seemed tougher than before and I had never had one-on-one critique like that.
Standing Deep Breathing
Throughout the entire class the instructor, who I later found out was Joel Pier, was fascinating me, adjusting every single posture one on one making us get the fullest out of each pose.
Joel Pier was one of the senior instructors and he has been practicing yoga for 35 years. He had spent 14 years abroad mastering the yoga practice and has earned the reputation of one of the best yoga instructors in Philadelphia. Joel graduated from one of the first intensive Bikram yoga teaching training programs, held by Mr. Bikram Choudhury himself, and was the one that opened this first Bikram yoga studio in Philadelphia. I felt honored to be in his class and was learning intensely about each posture and how to correct them.
Standing Head To Knee
I had come to realize by the end that I had so much more to learn in mastering my poses, and with that I got dressed, went to the counter before I left and bought a 3 month unlimited course. Bikram has been an incredible experience for me and I would suggest everyone try it out… any type of yoga. It’s incredibly healing and you will come to realize like me that after a week you will feel a difference mentally, physically, and spiritually. Your heart and mind will glow.
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