She's back in Vegas until early October. She's going to compete and then leave for India right after competition (how cool is that??). I will be diligently stalking the online scheduler, trying to make it to as many classes as I can before she leaves.
Tonight she brought it, Brandy style. I wasn't quite as clumsy as the past two nights but I wasn't in rockstar shape either. These extra pounds do seem to affect my practice in a very negative way and must come off! Arrgh! Well, they are not going to come off overnight, so in the meantime, I just worked as hard as I could. Brandy started off the class by saying I don't know all your names, I've been gone awhile, but if I do know your name you know what that means and I'll learn the rest of yours as we go. We start the breathing and she's already tweaking me. Half moon, go deeper Michelle, yup that's three whole inches! Awkward....higher on your toes Michelle, you can go higher I know you can (I go a bit higher) now go even higher (at this point I'm already exhausted, my legs are shaking and I'm crapping my pants about now!). The rest of the class continued in that manner. My newbie Andy, she knew his name, heard me talking to him in the lobby. So he got some of it too. Ha ha! He came out of that class looking almost as bad as when he took Roberta's class. He said "that was the hardest class yet!!" I loved it. She kills us with kindness. I KNOW I don't push myself as hard as I should. When I take her class, I really go to that edge and beyond. I always think "I can't!!" and then I do it. She doesn't let us get complacent, especially if we've been coming awhile and she doesn't let us give up on ourselves. When we were on the floor series she said "you know you are working hard enough in the postures if you cannot move when you get in savasana". She's all about going balls to the wall, right from the get go. Right from first breathing. Balls to the wall every posture, every day....bring it like Brandy.