Don’t worry. I don’t plan to write an individual post for each day of my 30 day Yoga Challenge. Unless, of course, each day turns out to be as (pick a word) interesting, challenging, humbling, memorable, as this one.
I decided to kick off my challenge with a bang by going to April‘s class at Yoga Central. With her dance background, April always creates a beautiful, flowing Vinyasa workout that challenges your brain as well as your body. She gently urges you to push yourself (she says you’ll never do anything if you don’t try). I love her sequencing, her music, and her attitude. To quote her website, “the first half of class will kick your butt, the second half will kiss it.” It is an all-level, 90 minute sweat fest.
What I realized about 40 minutes into class, as I lay in a sweat-pooled child’s pose, trying to regroup for the challenges to come, was that I hadn’t been to class for about a month. Between Alan’s announcing gigs, the La Jolla Half Marathon, and our own Gem of the Desert Trail Race, my weekends have been full. I don’t usually make it to class on weekdays because of my work hours, dinner prep, wanting to spend some time with my husband, and general laziness. I have done my home yoga practice using audios from Yogadownload.com, but even that had been about 10 days ago.
Hence the reason for the Yoga Challenge. And the reason that I was falling out of poses, my chaturangas were sagging, and my arms and legs were trembling. I had some moments of doubt, afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish the class and would just huddle in my child’s pose for the duration. Of course, in true yogi spirit, I could accept that as where I was today, but in all honesty, my true yogi spirit always fights with my competitive nature. So, I pushed through.
I left class, exhausted but energized, determined not to slack off like this again. Coming back is just too hard! I also decided I need a plan, beyond just “30 days of yoga.” I’ve done that with my running and cycling for, well, forever, and now I need to create a schedule for my yoga that I can coordinate with work, available classes, and my free time.
Yes, I’m going to do that. Right after one more recovery nap.