Begin disclaimer: Nobody goes and runs a marathon without training for it. This "no water class" is the same thing. You need to be a seasoned yogini who knows her body and knows how strong she is during class. I would not recommend that any new people try it, or people who struggle with the heat. End disclaimer.
Ok, how did it go you say? Well, today was 530 with Connie. I went into the room without the water bottle at all. Just me, my mat and my yogi toes, ready to rock and roll! Kneeling down Japanese style, 5 mins before class, watching everybody come in, I had a moment of worry. What if I can't do it? What if I have to leave the room? I never leave the room! Then I took a deep breath, reminded myself that I had drank THREE liters of water throughout the day (overkill, but I wanted to be hydrated!) and that I could do this....I pushed the worry out of my mind then knew I'd make it fine. Might have some suffering, but knew I'd do it. How did it feel? Well, after eagle, we have the only official water break. The sounds of all those caps and bottles caused me to smile a bit in the mirror. I was standing there quietly thinking, "this isn't so bad". Fast forward to fixed firm. After a tough but strong standing series (I felt great today!) my throat was burning a little and I wanted water bad. So then the sounds of those caps and bottles going as most yogi's took advantage of the "unofficial" water break almost drove me to the brink. Ugh. I really just kept trying to bring my focus off my throat and back to my breath and made it through the rest of the class just fine. During the spine series I realized I was noticing the heat much more than I do when I have the nice little cold water distraction as a crutch. It's not that it bothered me or caused me suffering, I was just more aware of it.
So I made it. Will I do it again? Probably not! But I will try to be more disciplined with my water from now on. I used to drink after eagle, during fixed firm and after class ONLY. Lately, like a small child, I've let my focus and discipline wander and I've taken the liberty of drinking in between alot of the floor series postures and I don't need to. I'm just distracting myself and losing precious focus when I do that.