Birthday Yoga Challenge: Days 5-10

Classes completed as of Day 10: 10

Today I’ll be going into Day 11 of the Challenge, and it’s been an interesting ride so far.

Let me summarize…

Day 5:

Pretty uneventful class. Felt strong and made it all the way through with no issues.

Day 6:

I missed class because I was running late and there was an accident on the highway. I missed it by just 6 minutes. AAAAAGHHHHH. Lesson learned however. I need to budget enough time to get to the new studio, particularly during rush hour! This put me TWO classes behind, which meant I was looking at doubling up on classes over the long weekend.

Day 7:

I woke up bright and early and made it to an 8am class, planning to do a back-to-back double.  I was a little nervous having never done this before. I have heard from those who have that it’s actually a great experience.  They say that since your body is so energized and relaxed after the first class, the second is often easier.  After the first class, I used the 1/2 hour in between to drink some water and cool down a little. There was another woman who was staying for the second class too. She is on day 35 of a 60 day challenge!  WOW. Impressive. It was really comforting knowing I wasn’t alone in doing a double that day.

The second class went surprisingly well. I felt pretty strong and was able to do all the postures without sitting anything out. I did start to feel a little headachey towards the end of the class. By the time I got home however I had a killer headache which lasted all day. I thought it might be dehydration, but I drank copious amounts of water and tried to refuel my minerals with a big green smoothie all to no avail. My conclusion is that the doubles triggered a detox reaction. I’ve had similar headaches when I’ve been fasting or doing a detox of some kind. I ended up resting and sleeping as much as possible for the rest of the day and the headache was gone in the morning.

Day 8

I did two classes again this day, but not back-to-back. I did the 9am class at the new studio. I felt horribly weak and sore for this one after the doubles of the day before. My back was creaky and achy and I was very gentle with myself. I even sat out some postures.

I went home right after that to eat and try to grab a nap before a 2pm class at my home studio. The class was OK. I felt stronger than I’d expected and I think I did all the postures.

The good news is that I was now caught up on my classes. 8 Days, 8 Classes. Woooohooooooo!

Day 9

I did another 9am class since it was a holiday (Labor Day) here. Again I didn’t feel particularly strong in this class. In fact I felt weak and it took all my focus to stay in the room and not run screaming from the building. Although come to think of it I didn’t have the energy to run anywhere.

I sat out a LOT of postures. More than I have since I first started taking Bikram. It’s all good though. I didn’t beat up on myself. Again, that’s probably because I didn’t have the energy.  I made it through the class and some days that’s the greatest accomplishment you could ask for.

Day 10

Another not so great class. I felt a little weak and nauseous. I have only myself to blame. I didn’t do a great job of hydrating all day prior to class. Silly me. I know better. Isn’t it funny how we sometimes do the wrong thing, even though we DO know better and even though we know it will cause us pain?


So there you have it folks. 10 Days, 10 Classes already completed.

Time to start fundraising

10 days has gone so quickly, and I haven’t really done any serious fundraising other than telling a few friends about it. Not many people read my blog anymore, so I need to get my butt in gear and start spreading the word. After all this is not just about me and my practice. It’s about raising money for KG6!

So over the next few days I will begin a serious media campaign. Social media that is. :lol: I don’t think I’ll be showing up on the 10 O’Clock news anytime soon.

I have raised $55 thus far, thanks to a generous donation by my lovely, lovely friend Deb. She is awesome!

Only $3645 to go!

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