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Review: 30 Day Challenge SLC Bikram Yoga: Week 2

I'm half-way through my Bikram Yoga 30 day challenge! Woo hoo! Is it weird to say that it's going by fast? Well, Everyday doesn't feel like that. For the majority of my classes, I have felt pretty focused, with the 90 minutes going by effortlessly. Every once in awhile I've had some yoga classes where I've felt like it will never end. During these classes I feel off; poses seem harder to hold, and the instructor seems like they forgot to tell us to stop and switch sides. My frustration then leads to impatience and doubt.

These obstacle classes have taught me some perseverance. I am learning to let that negativity go and just get on with it. Basically thinking, I'm here, this is my time, work your butt off, and do with what you've got today.

Today was one of those days where I felt as if I could throw in the towel early. I wasn't planning on leaving, but I thought of sitting some poses out. I had some decent excuses in my head. But when it came time to do them I just did them. When I came to some poses that feel like slow death at times, aka the spine strengthening series, (lol!) I took one pose at a time and let myself be in the present rather than thinking, "really, is there REALLY 50 minutes left?" I finished class today feeling great, knowing I didn't give up. AND I am going back again tonight! Well, to make up for my missed Sunday class. ;)

One of the wonderful things about Bikram yoga is that under the scary face it seems to portray, it really isn't scary. If you think you can't do it before you even take class, you are lying and setting yourself up for failure. Be positive! Sure, it may be a little difficult at first, but it gets better! You can do it!!! In one of my first classes I looked around and noticed various body types/sizes and ages. Some of these aged, dedicated men and women are in their 60's and 70's! Amazing! And many are there daily! Inspiring? I'd say so! Btw, through these aged yogis I noticed many of them using the ballet barre in the back. Bikram is known for not using props. Cat's out of the bag Bikram....I would call that a prop! ;) You do want to be in the back row if you may need it, just FYI. ;)

Physically I can't believe some of the changes that are occurring for myself in such a short amount of time. I haven't measured, but I can tell you I notice a difference in muscle tone in my body. I noticed after the first week! I also feel really strong and am excited to see this through to the end of my 30 days.

There will be more to come next week and in my daily posts on SLC Bikram's facebook page. Check it out! Make some good, healthy changes in your life today! Try the intro course and give yourself an honest shot. Also enter the amazing Bikram giveaway that ends tomorrow! It's a 5 day pass to use within (I think) a 90 day time period. If you have any questions or have any helpful comments please feel free to share. I'd love to hear any inspiring quotes you may have lying around as well. ;)
See the previous Bikram Yoga posts here.

Aimee

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