So after completing the challenge I did take some time off.  After a few days I went back and I was hoping I would feel better.  Remember how I was talking about it sometimes being good to take a break and come back to something?  Well when I came back that wasn’t really the case, but that’s ok.  My balance will just have to be something that improves with hard work over time.

In Seattle I ended up trying a Bikram’s class not at The Sweat Box, but at Laurelhurst Hot Yoga.  I’m not sure how I felt about it.  First of all, the class is in a very small room, that is kept quite dark.  It was very warm and dark and cozy feeling, which would be fine – if I wanted to snuggle down and take a nap this would be perfect.  It felt like it was incongruent with the feeling of Bikrams though.  Bikram’s yoga is about bright lights, loud noise, and high energy.  It was hard to keep my energy up when I felt like the room was so quiet and dark.  It just didn’t mesh right.  Second of all the studio had a funny feeling to it.  Like something was just a bit off, but I don’t think it was the studio’s fault, I think it’s just that Bikrams is such a ritual for me that anything different threw me for a loop. It’s like Katie told this story:  she used to teach Ballet and she would sometimes switch it up and start on the left side of the body rather than the right – just for fun.  So she asked Bikram if she could do that when she taught yoga, and he said “does the sun ever rise in the West?”  Point being, it is just a natural order of doing things.  Part of the Bikram’s experience is the tradition and the ritual of it, and I think it really goes beyond just the order of the poses.  In addition to all this though, the room really wasn’t set up well and the heat was dry and inconsistent; higher in the room it was sweltering while lower down it was cold!  I’m sad I didn’t get to try out The Sweat Box, but the snow really kept me stranded for most of the time.  Either way, I’m glad to be home and I am excited to be taking classes in my own studio again.

Since I stopped going every day it has been pretty easy for me to go 3 or 4 times a week, but I still have the same challenges.  Wanting to make excuses to skip doesn’t go away just because I’m not going every day, but I have definitely learned how to overcome that impulse, and that is a valuable skill to have not just in yoga, but in life.

Tonight I am taking a new person with me to yoga (I know I am allllways taking new people), this person is special!  She is our Delta Gamma Collegiate Development Consultant (CDC), Katie.  I love taking new people, and it is fun to get to share a big part of my life with someone who is so important to Delta Gamma.

Om!

-Claire