I have been going to the awesome Bikram Summerlin studio for the last month. In that time, I have averaged 4 classes a week. Not as many as I'd like, but I'm so happy to be back doing bikram that any bikram is better than NO bikram. I have noticed, since I've been back, that my two month absence from yoga set me back far in my practice. So, to get up to speed, I'm LISTENING very carefully to the dialog, that quite frankly, when I was going everyday I would tune out from time to time. This has helped me tremendously. In fact, I am making progress that I did not make before, when I was on auto pilot.
One of my favorite instructors, Lacey, teaches up at Summerlin. She has eyes in the back of her head. Seriously. I think they must install them at teacher training. I cannot get away with anything when I take her class! She noticed, right off the bat, that I don't kick out first set of standing head to knee. Here is my logic on that:: when I do kick out first set, I can't hold it very long. Then I get super tired from trying to kick out both sets and my bow sucks, so I'll just hold my foot the whole time first set. Makes sense, right? (you can laugh, it's ok)
Soo....she started to call me out on it. "bikramyogachick, kick out!". EVERYTIME I took her class. So I started to kick out first set all of the time, whether or not she was teaching. I could hold it a little better each time and eventually I got stronger and was not wiped out by standing bow because my endurance improved by leaps and bounds. Oh, and on the right side.....can almost get my forehead to my knee. WOW!
So thank you Lacey. For encouraging me to push to my edge and breakthrough my excuses!