We get in there. It's pretty crowded and there are 7 first timers. During the first breathing exercise I'm already dripping like rain. Not just a sheen of sweat, getting warmed up, I'm raining by the end of second set. Half moon posture, second set, all of the sudden I start to struggle to breathe. My lungs felt like they were trying to suck air out of wet sponges. I almost panicked. My eyes frantically move around the room, checking out the other yogis. It's only the first posture, they are hanging in there. Not so by eagle. I hear gasps, mouths open, I see people falling out, looking down at the floor, trying to recover already! I was a little relieved that it wasn't just me, because I was really having a hard time! She straight kicked our asses. By the time we got to standing bow, hardly anybody could get into it, much less hold it. People were hitting their knees left and right and many just standing there, dripping, like wet noodles, unable to even pick their legs up. I kept trying to get into my posture, but I was weak. By balancing stick I was seeing black spots and swaying on my feet, I had to take a knee for a minute. Brutal! After class we all stagger out, looking like complete and utter yoga carnage. A regular, Mark (not teacher Mark), is standing at the front counter getting a towel and I walk up to him, hip bump him and say "hey, how about that class!". He looks at me and says "who is she!" I was like "I know! That was rough!". Young Patrick was at the front desk so I raise my hand in our universal "zico me" sign and he tosses one my direction. Frank was behind the desk too, so I wander over to him and say "that was really bad, you need to be gentle with us tomorrow night when you teach 530 because I have to do a double". He just gave me a big grin (oh boy, I may have just set myself up there and not in a good way!) and I wandered off to the locker room, contemplating my Frank/Oksana double slated for tomorrow night. Funny it worked out that way, because the last double I did was the exact same setup, Frank/Oksana. Hopefully I will fare better this time around. I've got electrolyte enhanced water from TJ's (one and a half liters) all set to bring to work tomorrow to drink, and a packet of emergen-C type stuff at my desk that I will drink around 4 to prepare. I'll do a zico in between classes, and eat a banana in the afternoon for a snack. It's overboard compared to what I do for one class, so maybe it will help me this time around, as I did not do any of that last double. Just prepared like I would for one class last time.
Wish me luck!