Friday February 15, 2008 – Day 27; Class 30
12:00 p.m. I decided to stick around the studio and do a double for my final class of the Challenge. I have only attended a handful of the noon classes since I began practicing at Yoga Crossing, and I assumed that the class would not be full given the middle of the weekday time slot. Much to my surprise, three spaced-out rows filled the studio. In my opinion, this is the absolute perfect amount of people. There are enough yogis to get a positive, contagious energy circulating throughout the room, yet not too many people that we are smooshed in next to one another so we constantly have to worry about not bumping into those practing close by.
A word about the heat: This quite possibly could have been the most perfect Bikram class – temperature wise – that I have ever taken. The room was all warmed up from the earlier 9:15 a.m. class, and the decent number of people practicing heated the studio up to its perfect, swealtering – but not too swealtering – temperature. I started sweating almost immediately, and my body loosened up in the first set of hands to feet pose. (This also could have been due to this being my second class of the day…)
As for the 26 postures, I felt as though my strength, balance, and flexibility worked effectively together throughout the entire 90 minutes. I knew this was the final class of the Challenge, so I undoubtedly tried extra hard to concentrate, not fidget in between postures, and just perform everything as well as I possibly could. During one of our savasanas, the instrustor Ami told us that in each posture, we have to go to the point between too much and not enough. I’ve come to appreciate how well I know my body and how far it can go. Since we come into class with a different body from one day to the next, only I really know if I am pushing as hard as I can. Ami also told us that even though we all may be in different places in the postures, if we are all working our hardest we are receiving the same benefits that the Bikram practice offers. I love the fact that just because some people are more flexible, or stronger, or have more stable balance than others, if we exert the same effort we receive the same benefits.
I left the studio feeling physically exhausted but overcome with a huge feeling of satisfaction. I think that I sweat out every toxin humanly possible over the past three hours. I am glad to see this 30-Day Challenge come to an end – what a huge accomplishment – but I don’t think I will be taking too long of a vacation away from the studio.