I’m not sure I fully understood what I was signing up for but I did it. I’ve committed to a 40 day Revolution. I had a lot of reasons for wanting to do this – primarily to get in better shape and to carve out some much needed time for myself. Going into it, last Monday, I was nervous about a couple of things: 1) I had never done hot yoga before and 2) would I be able to physically make it to the studio 5 days a week plus practice one day at home?
After my first hot yoga experience I can add another concern to my list: the physical demands and challenges of Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga. I really jumped into this having very limited experience for what I was in for. During that first class it occurred to me that I’ve hardly practiced yoga… really. I did ONE yoga class at a reputable studio that Sting was said to have visited while in Toronto, when I was in my early 20s and prenatal yoga during each of my pregnancies… this class was hard core in comparison to prenatal yoga! Likely the most physically challenged I’ve ever felt. Up there with my two natural childbirth experiences!
My goals became: get through the class, try your best, go for it and remember this is time for just you.
Yoga is just one part of this program. Nutrition, meditation and personal reflection are the other areas of focus. In our first class we were asked to consider two things. What are you committed to ‘letting go of’ and what are you committed to having a ‘breakthrough in’. For me, I am committed to letting go of high expectations. I am committed to finding a balance in my life. Part of that most definitely includes my commitment to making time for creativity.
It’s Day 4. It’s exciting, scary, exhausting, challenging.
I’ll end this post with a video I found of a yoga class. I think I’ll follow this for the day I practice at home.. since I’m not sure I’m ready for podcast only just yet.