Wednesday January 30, 2008 – Day 11; Class 12
5:30 p.m. I couldn’t wait to get in the hot room tonight. I have been coming down with a head cold – one of those annoying, long-lasting, congested colds that always lingers for longer than it should. I had had a chill all day, so the heat of the yoga studio definitely was comforting. Right when we began the first breating exercising – six seconds in through the nose and six seconds out through the mouth – I thought I might have a problem. Breathing out through the mouth felt as normal as always, but in through the nose, well, my nose was pretty clogged. I did my best, and then realized if I’m not breathing as deeply as I would be on “healthy” days, that I should just honor that feeling and go with it. I’ve come to appreciate how each day of Bikram Yoga is very different, even though we do the same 26 postures every class.
Despite the head cold, I felt my flexibility increasing; today was definitely a turning point for improvements in my flexibility. In fixed firm pose, my butt touched the ground almost effortlessly when I sat down. My knees were closer together than they ever have been, although not completely touching. When I got fully into the posture, I felt so relaxed, and the stretch down my quads, into my knees and extending to my ankles and feet was incredibly rewarding. It took me about six months to even get my butt to touch the ground since I began practicing, so to sit down so easily with my knees close together – I was thrilled!
This entire class felt very positive. The room – crowded but not packed – had a great energy about it. When I was driving home my body was tired but my mind felt very awake. I had a strange feeling of just wanting to practice again. I wished I was driving to class, rather than home from class. I asked myself if I had enough energy to complete another 90-minute series and honestly answered myself “yes.” Too bad I had to wait 14 hours until class the next morning…