Day 69: So close!!!

August 8, 2008

Every time I take a class, I check off a class on my challenge sheet. It’s still hanging on the board there with the others that have long been abandoned. Mine has now been turned over and a new list is running down the back of all my extra classes. I am SO close. 11 more classes to go. Tonight I am posing the challenge to myself to finish this in the next five days. Can Ren do 11 classes in five days?? If I double every day between now and Wednesday, including Advanced on Sunday I can. I’ve always wanted to finish this Challenge this way. Hard to believe it’s finally here. I can do it. I know it.

I had a great class with Nada this afternoon – her last at BYTW (for now). I am very very sad to see her go. I have learned a lot from her and she’s so encouraging. One day, I’ll go to Sonoma and teach for her. This is the great circle of life. After class I went to Lululemon for a fun event. I got to hang out with my yoga friends and we were all dry and dressed in street clothes!! Miracle!!!

Anyway, tomorrow starts my Double Marathon. If you are so inclined, say a little prayer for my spine. I’ve never done more than three days of consecutive double classes. This will be a first for me. Good preparation for Training, though.


Day 66: Decisions.

August 5, 2008

I have 39 days until I leave for Teacher Training. That’s not much. I have 15 more classes to go to reach my goal of 90. I have 25 or so days to complete those 15. I know, this is all very complicated math, and it’s late. But the point is this, I will finish my 90 for sure. The question is, how will I go about it? I’ve been considering doubling up for a week to see how it feels. This is how I will practice in Acapulco. Five days of doubles Monday through Friday and one class on Saturday. Off on Sunday. I have had been offered varying points of view on doing this much yoga so close to my Training. I know that I will need a break just prior to going to Mexico. But I have a taste for finishing this Challenge, and I want to do it. I believe in my body and how strong I am. I know, also, that I need rest and time to replenish before I go to bootcamp.

So, I guess I’m just talking through this for myself. Right now, I am going to just keep going. Do what I can do and let things happen as they will happen. This is how I have faced my Challenges anyway. I believe that things fall into place the way they are supposed to. I have rested when my body has demanded it a few times since June 1. I have taken deep care of my health these 66 days of Yoga. I have been careful. And at the end of the day I believe that my body will show up for me. It already has.

I had a wonderful class tonight with Nada. I felt amazingly strong and my body was really open. I felt that wonderful blessed ease of a class that just happens. I worked very hard and felt better than ever at the end. I love classes like that. They remind me why I love this yoga so much.

I am off to bed. Tomorrow I have early early yoga. See you all on the other side.


I see it.

Today marked class 74. 74 in 65 Days. Friends, that is a LOT of yoga. A LOT!

So, I am starting to see the end of this Challenge closing in and I have to say, it feels like it’s been forever. Of course, I won’t really get a break from this daily daily daily thing because at Training, I will take two classes a day, but at least I will have a break before I go. Whatever that means.

To be completely honest, I don’t really feel like I need a break. I’ve done so much yoga lately that the days that I don’t practice are the ones that feel awkward. I like this daily (almost always daily) practice because it very rarely lets me decide not to go. In fact, I can count on one hand the days I’ve not gone to class since I started July 1. I think that’s pretty amazing.

I had a new (to me) teacher yesterday, Nada. She is a lovely person and her class was wonderful. She will be teaching here this week and I am excited to have her again. I love experiencing new voices and new styles. This morning, I had Sheila’s class. It was a great way to start my week.

I still feel so stiff in my spine, but I am accepting it. I’ve decided to just let it be. I have been sore for so long, and been thinking all along that I shouldn’t be. But it hasn’t changed. I am still sore. I have those rare classes where everything moves and works and I feel no stiffness or soreness. I cherish those classes. But the days that I am sore – which is nearly always – remind me that I am alive. My body works. And it also reminds me that Epsom Salts are my friend.

This week should be a bit less hectic than last. I look forward to getting in a few doubles this week.

Onwards and upwards..