I must be a glutton for punishment because in addition to my half marathon training (consisting of 3 to 5 runs per week), I have now signed up for a Bikram Yoga challenge. The challenge consists of completing 30 classes in 60 days (by Sept 7). Everyone who completes the challenge is entered in a draw to win three months of unlimited yoga. But the real prize, I assume, is feeling and looking amazing.
I am now 16 days into the challenge and have completed 5/30 classes, all of which have been 6 AM classes before work! I’m a little behind where I should be but I still have over six weeks left. I try to do the early morning classes because I need to be home after work to walk my dog out, go for a run, and wash all my disgusting yoga stuff which has been festering in a plastic bag while I’m at work all day.
The hardest part is getting up at 5 AM in the morning to get all my things together, have breakfast, and SkyTrain to the studio. Well, that and sweating profusely for 60 to 90 minutes while contorting my body into positions I neither have the strength nor flexibility to do.
The classes are a mental and physical challenge, especially the 90 minute classes. Although I have only done about 10 classes recently, I am already seeing some improvement. I try to set goals each time to hold poses longer and to do both sets. And I try to focus on how amazing I will feel after surviving the class!