I leave with nothing but love

Days 101
Classes 118 (+9 advanced)
Teacher Karen

“I came to this world with nothing
and I leave with nothing but love” – Mike Skinner

Final day, and we’re all done. I thought the above quote was rather fitting.

Today’s class was the hardest so far, just couldn’t breath. But managed to stay in the room so it was all good.

It’s time for some pictures. Here’s an almost full series, just skipped out a couple that are hard to get good photos of.

Looking at those photos I’ve still got a lot of back bending to do, and damn it Lock the Knee! (in standing bow). If you want to know what I think about the postures read the posture summary post from a couple of weeks back.

I thought I’d finish with a poem to round this all up. Ask me how!

Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared.

You see you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete
had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its
tenacity. We would all love it’s will to reach the sun.
Well, we are the rose – this is the concrete – and these are
my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why, thank God, ask me how!
— Tupac Amaru Shakur

Have you had your McYoga today?

Days 100
Classes 117 (+9 advanced)
Teacher Emma, Hortense

The blog subject was the headline of an article that was posted at the studio. I don’t know it felt kind of fitting.

Day 100 today and the yoga decided to show me once again that every class is different, and that even at this stage you can’t predict anything. I had a really weird class today where I simultaneous felt like my body had been compressed down to half it’s normal size and it wasn’t my body at all. Total out of body experience for pretty much the entire class. My mind was there and present in the room, but the body just wasn’t listening nor was it talking back. For example in third part wind-removing I couldn’t actually feel the arms and legs touching, even though they most definitely were.

The compression bit felt a bit like I would imagine it would feel to were a 3-4 sizes to small a latex outfit. Making it almost impossible to move and breath. There was just to much resistance all over. The advanced class was a lot better but still weird.

Had Nelly Furtado’s Try come on after class and it truly is such a yoga song, go and have a listen. But here is a snippet:

All the real people are really not real at all
The more I learn the more I cry
As I say goodbye to the way of life
I thought I had designed for me

Then I see you standing there
Wanting more from me
And all I can do is try

Yes that’s it, on day 100 I’m saying goodbye to a way of life I thought I had designed for me. Actually I’ve been saying goodbye for the last 100 days. Then I see the teacher [or my reflection] standing there wanting more from me and all I can do is try.

Lock your knee

Days 99
Classes 116 (+8 advanced)
Teacher Natalie

Visited Bikram Yoga Richmond today, so that’s all the studios in England visited at least once now. They all have their own personality. There is only one that I don’t really like, I’m not going to shout it out because I know a lot of people don’t share my view. So it’s my personal opinion,  plus it’s not like I’d skip class if I was told I had to practice there. But as I was trying to say the rest are all nice, all in their own way. If you’ve never been to a class get down to your local studio and have a go.

As for my class today it was good stuff. Even got a compliment for my standing head to knee, I never would have expected that before the challenge started. I remember for the first 30 days in Jan standing in the showers after class thinking: “Thank god there is no teacher here yelling at me to lock the knee”. During the second month those thoughts started disappearing, and in the third month I actually started locking my knee. The first time I realised I was locking my knee in the shower kind of freaked me out. Maybe one of these days I’ll find myself rocking standing bow in the middle of a cornfield like some of my readers. 😉

Also found out that at the Richmond studio there is three more people doing the 101 challenge. Two starting 1st of Jan, one starting around the 12th. Only got to meet one of them, but it was nice to see some of the other compulsive yoga obsessive. If you are one of them and reading, congratulations the finish line is within sight.

Not much to say

Days 98
Classes 115 (+8 advanced)
Teacher Jessica

Had a really nice class today. There was 19 beginners so I think they left the heat slightly lower than usual. It was a little bit chilly, but then again that was a nice change and at least it wasn’t as bad as the home practice the other day. It feels like I’ve spent all day talking about nothing but yoga (I’m sure I also did some work somewhere), so I feel empty of subject for the post tonight.

Ain’t nothin’ but a party y’all

Days 97
Classes 114 (+8 advanced)
Teacher Yasmine

Party Time, drink your water. Figured since it’s less than a week left it was time to start planning the grand finale. So if you are in the vicinity of London this weekend come to my disco party (only joking about the disco bit). Event details can be found here, but basically it’s Sunday afternoon.

As for todays class it was another nice solid class. Nice to be back in the heat after yesterdays home practice. Also nice to see it didn’t seem to have to much negative impact. My hip is still aching but otherwise it was alright.

Only so many days left now, but I don’t think I’m managing to get my head around that.

Home practice

Days 96
Classes 113 (+8 advanced)
Teacher Me(?)

Had some things to take care of today so I decided to go for the 8pm class. Bad choice, got there 10 min early but it was already full. If it had been mon or wed it wouldn’t have been a problem (they have 9pm classes at other studios). But it being Tuesday I was left with no choice but a home practice.

The good news is that it was very humbling. I’ve got a whole new understanding of people less flexible. It was also a good insight into how much my practice has changed.

I think my definition of a troublesome class these days if fairly close to what I considered rockstar before the challenge started. Makes me wonder what my previous self would make of my current rockstar classes.

Look at that skyline

Days 95
Classes 111, 112 (+8 advanced)
Teacher Jo, Megan

Did a class with Jo this morning, she’s off for a week so last class with her in this challenge. It wasn’t the best of classes. I couldn’t get my breathing under control for some reason and it made the class feel so much hotter than I think it was. My hamstring and right hip was also still playing up. The final stretching was a less than enjoyable experience to put it mildly.

I then noticed that Megan was teaching at Bikram Yoga London Canary Wharf, haven’t been to her class in ages and it was one of the two remaining studios left to visit. So easy choice, make it a double and move one step closer to the finish line. It appears the warm up in the shape of the first class did the trick and I had no more hip or hamstring problems. It was a really nice solid class. I was slightly thrown by the thicker carpet and twice the thickness yoga matts. It was a great help in the balancing series but it just felt weird.

Canary Wharf is London’s skyscraper central, and the studio had a small row of windows above the mirrors overlooking the skyline. Now I love skyscrapers and was thinking how enjoyable this was going to be while I was in Pranayama, but that was the last I noticed of them before I left the studio. I must have been quite focused to forget something like that.

Final week, I guess it’s time to start thinking about what to do after the challenge. I think my hip might need at least two days off to get a rest. I’m impressed it’s held up as long as it has.

Shut up and do your practice

Days 94
Classes 110 (+8 advanced)
Teacher Simi

Went to Simi’s class this morning. She’s back after a months leave and it was good to get back to old routines. 🙂 Had a fairly decent class considering I was so sore from yesterday. Especially my hamstrings were a pain, but also lower back and right hip. It got to a point that I was getting annoyed with all the moan in that was going on in my head. Just shut up and do your practice, and that was exactly what I did.

I’ve got a million things I want to blog about each day, but they never seem to be there when I finally sit down to write the posts.

How much water can you drink in a day

Days 93
Classes 109 (+8 advanced)
Teacher Emma, Hortense

Woke up this morning with really stiff thighs. Figured it would disappear during pranayama as the body warmed up but it didn’t. Awkward was pure pain and eagle wasn’t exactly fun either. Had a sip of water at party time just to take my mind of it. It seemed to have helped and the rest of class was fairly decent.

Stayed and did the advanced class. Didn’t get anywhere near as dehydrated as last week, but it still leaves me so much worse of than a normal back to back double. I guess it’s just that the body is working in new ways and isn’t used to it. Just the one class tomorrow I think, give the body some rest.