Monday, March 2, 2009

Day 36: Doing Yoga while tired

Today I went to the 5:30 class.  Mark (english accent manager Mark) was supposed to teach.  Sitting on the bench chatting up my yoga buddies, I suddenly got extremely relaxed, stretched my legs out, yawned and felt like laying down for a nap.  The studio is like my home away from home and as soon as I got there and let the peace and tranquility of my familiar place seep into my core I realized I was exhausted.  I stayed up too late last night and did not get enough sleep.  Sometimes I still do ok on little sleep, but not today.  It ran over me like a mac truck.  Roberta ended up teaching because Mark was not feeling well.  As soon as she walked in with her headset I went, "uh-oh, I'm in trouble".  Roberta's tough!  I tried my best, I really did but I was just not there with my A game.  I was falling out of second part of awkward, eagle, standing head to knee, standing bow...just falling out falling out falling out.  It was retarded how much I was falling out!  I started to get really agitated with myself and then I just gave up and thought, oh well, sometimes doing my best might simply just be showing up!  So I made it through the rest of the class by the skin of my teeth, but let the agitation slip away and actually enjoyed the struggle and felt good about making it to final breathing in one piece.  A small victory.  I'll take it....and I'll go to bed early tonight!


  1. How often are we told to show ourselves compassion, but rarely do? You did today, and it's a wonderful thing. :) Rather than flog yourself you made peace with your weary bones. A good lesson for all of us. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Its reassuring to hear this from someone who regularly does the challenges.
    I am currently at day 16 of my first 60 day challenge. And today, although I still made it through the class strong, I was tired. But I am actually exhausted now, its only 5pm and all I want to do is sleep. Also for the first time in a long time of doing Bikram, my muscles are sore. Could that just mean I'm building more strength now in postures?

  3. Anonymous~ Challenges are great because they push your limits. Your body will swing back and forth between being tired and being full of energy. You will experience soreness off and on throughout with diff body parts. The main thing is to keep going everyday because nothing works through soreness better than more yoga! Trust the process and I promise you the end results will be truly transforming! You will build more strength for sure and also flexibility. The flexibility you will see more after the challenge is over and you have taken a day or two off. Then when you come back, it's really noticeable. Best of luck and happy holidays!