Day 5: 30-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge

Not going to lie… there’s some deep thought in today’s post. But first up, enjoy these “Sweet Sweaty Moments”:

Sweet sweaty moments.

Get yo sweat on!

I’m so glad I made it out yesterday. That was the solid stretch my body needed after a dose of the stomach flu to feel so much more prepared for Day 5. Plus, today was Paul’s birthday (the owner of the studio). He’s in the midst of a Birthday Challenge and has a number of students joining him. Today they will complete three (yes I said that correctly, 3) 90 minute Bikram yoga classes in one day. I think they’re nuttier than those of us doing the 30-day challenge, but all the power to ’em!

Perhaps it was the birthday celebration that set the good vibes in the room, but either way I felt strong. After a little round of “Happyyyy Birthdayyyy to youuu!” we got started and the class seemed to fly.

By the final Savasana of the day, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a friend earlier this week. She’s in the midst of a fitness challenge herself, and commented on how thankful she was that her tears could be mistaken for sweat that day; and how after a little wipe with the towel, she’d get back up and keep pushing through it.

I, admittedly, had once done the same thing. It was my first few weeks of Bikram practice a couple of summers ago. During that time, I had been putting more stress on my body than I ever imagined possible. After this one particular class when the instructor directed us to use our last two minutes to just let everything go, tears rolled down my cheek. “I’m no crier,” I thought to myself “snap out of it.” But it was pure, raw emotion and it felt so good to let it go. Thankfully, it was concealed by the beads of sweat dripping down my face.

Today’s final two minutes was very different from that day a few years prior. When the instructor said: “Use these last two minutes to just let everything go” I thought of my friend the other day. It was in that moment that I realized how far (in both my personal and professional life) I have come since that day in July 2010. I had nothing negative to let go.

I am blessed, and proud of my accomplishments. Most importantly, thankful for the wonderful people I have surrounding me to make such a peaceful two minutes possible.

Onward and upward, my friends!

PS: Allison, you’ve got this! xoxo

Day 5 - Check!

Day 5 – Check!

Day 3/4: 30-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge

I did it! Savasana and I may have been pals this round, but I did it!

I know it’s only Day 4… but I’m still proud! Yesterday, I came down with a terrible stomach flu and/or food poisoning. So alas, Day 3, I didn’t make it.

This post will be short and sweet. However, I do want to give a shout out to a lovely friend of mine, Melanie. Without a phone call before class I likely wouldn’t have made it to Day 4. That little pep talk of “go even if you lie down through most of it… your body will thank you for it” was all I needed. So thank you!

To Day 5 and a double!

Day 4 - Check!

Day 4 – Check!

Day 2: 30-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge

It came and went so quickly, that day two. I honestly woke up with legs so stiff I wished I had signed up for an earlier Saturday morning class just to lie in the heat and sweat out the pain.

But then before heading to class, I came across this:

Mind over matter.

Mind over matter.

Every balancing pose that required intense strength from my thigh muscles reminded me of this photo. “Just get over this hump” I would tell myself. “Even the instructor said: “It’s only 10 seconds. You can do anything you want for 10 seconds. Push through it.” Before I knew it, my focus was back to my eyes in the mirror and a deep concentration led me through the rest of my practice.

Yup, “You can do anything you want for 10 seconds.” So go do it.

Another day down – check! Can’t wait for Day 3.

Day 2 - check!

Day 2 – check!

Day 1: 30-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge

Today was the day. After well over a year outside of the Bikram Yoga studio, I braved the heat, and it was incredible.

However, as I neared the end of my practice, I feared posture #22, otherwise known as Camel Pose, or Ustrasana. Even when I was a regular in the hot room, this posture was always the toughest for me. Every. Single. Time.

Ustrasana

Ustrasana

But not today. Today I killed this posture. With an open mind and an open heart, I went in it to full of optimism. Today I was not defeated by the Camel Pose!

It’s funny thing, that body of ours. As challenging as I thought Day 1 would be, my mind-over-matter mentality made it feel like riding a bicycle. Sometimes you just need to hop back on (the mat) and pick up where you left off.

(you can read about the benefits here.)

To completing Day 1. Check!

"Jacklyn M"

“Jacklyn M”