I'm tired but feel so inspired to write about my day today. I am writing from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, it's about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago. I got to spend some time in the city yesterday. I'm slowly getting together with friends and catching up on rest. The 3 days in the car were rough on my body, no doubt. I spend a decent amount of time looking for a yoga studio in the area. I decided to go to a Bikram studio because it would pose a physical challenge and the sweating seemed appealing after how I have been feeling these last few days.
Of course getting a massage is one answer, but not possible quite just yet.
Anyway, I have been wanting to do a Bikram class for a while and never got a chance to in Vegas.
I almost came fully prepared, I brought everything but my mat.
Immediately I began to struggle with the smell of the room, it was as though the heat magnified the smell. It was incredibly distracting. I did my best to get through it and in the end had a decent experience.
Much of the vocabulary is repetitive and solely based on the poses and their alignment. The little nuggets of wisdom that many teachers share to guide us through those tough poses, they were not there.
At times the script seemed a little too good, too well rehearsed and it didn't honor everyone in the room.
I found it odd that the new student sheet laid out liabilities that would affect the studio directly, but not the individual. For example: no where on that form was I asked about past injuries or surgeries, which I am recovering from both. So when the teacher kept saying: look up! look up! look UP! during cobra, I refuse to strain and compress my neck. I modify because I know how, but I felt there very few options for the beginners, injured, recovering etc. And apparently the studio doesn't care to know. Which is fine I guess, not every style has to cater to everyone, but at least I got to experience what that really is and see what all the fuss is about. It was challenging for sure.I could do without those little savasanas on the floor sequence, it felt comical, but it was good.I took breaks when I needed them and skipped a couple of poses because I felt dizzy. I realized that TruFusion in Las Vegas is really a state of the art facility with the purging ventilation systems they have in place for hot yoga and pilates. I plan on going back to the Bikram studio for the next couple of weeks. I plan on alternating my Ashtanga practice every other day. Ever since the surgery it's been slow and steady. I hope to continue that way.
The studio is close and I am grateful for the new experience, I see things that work and don't work for me. I also see and get exposed to things that work for others. As far as set sequences go, when I teach Ashtanga I do my best to make it fun and highlight different things every time. I am sure I may have sounded like a robot at times, but people still get the benefits of yoga. I can't knock on the style entirely, just because it isn't quite for me it doesn't mean it doesn't help lots of other people. I know people who came to yoga through Bikram and expanded from there. The experience also makes me happy and proud of the lineages of I have studied and practiced.
I hope I can keep learning from different styles and keep learning, growing and expanding, one breath at a time!
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