Today was a seemingly impossible day. I’d bitten off more than I could chew and I wasn’t willing to let go of anything. In my mind, nothing is impossible. While it was an ambitious day, it was not an undoable day.
I’d recruited my movie fiend friend to see Dark Knight Rises on IMAX. The only problem when we purchased the tickets in June was that the only real IMAX theater in NYC–Loews Lincoln Square–had no available IMAX shows except 6:30am on Saturday morning. If we were going to go full movie die-hard, we’d have to be in the theater by 5:30am which meant waking up by 4:30am. A bit crazy, but not bad, right?
Well, today also happened to be the day of my studio’s posture clinic. They recommended that we take the 11am class to warm up, do the clinic from 1-4pm, and take class at 4:30pm to apply what we’d learned in the clinic. Seven hours of yoga is challenging. Add a 4:30 am wakeup call to that and it goes from challenging to daunting. Oh and add a 1:30am bedtime after volunteering Brooklyn–a recipe for thwarted expectations.
Fortunately, I was able to wake up, do the movies, all day yoga and make it home in one piece. I’m grateful for all the elements that allowed me accomplish all of it. Because of a communication breakdown, I almost did not get to take the 11am class. Thanks to someone’s graciousness, I was able to take class twice and complete the clinic in spite of the snafu.
Dark Knight Rises was absolutely worth the early wake-up call. After some confusion, it took longer than usual to get my mind focused on my first class. When I did, I breezed right through it. The posture clinic was amazing. We didn’t just go over proper execution of each asana. We had a medical doctor describe, in detail, the actual medical benefits of each posture. As a emergency room doctor committed to preventive medicine, she stressed how doing the Bikram series keeps us out of her hospital–a wonderful thing. We also went over the chakras and corresponding beneficial herbs. That was 3 well-spent hours. I can’t wait for part 2.
Class after was tough but I was able to push through. As I finally rest my tired body, I hope I can see some major improvements as a direct result of the clinic. 60 more days–2 whole months–until the end of my challenge. Not that long, is it?