Sunday, December 09, 2007

I'm so ashamed


Forgive me, Ashtanga, for I have sinned. I went to a Bikram class today. And God help me, it wasn't even a legitimate Bikram class. It was a mere facsimile of a Bikram class, taught by someone who never trained with Bikram "but knew him during the 70's." My husband led me toward this misstep, but really, I only have myself to blame. I had a Chanukah party at my Place of Worship this morning and so could not get to the CT shala for my regularly scheduled practice, and as the day wore on, I felt increasingly incapable of facing the mat in my own home, with the thermostat reading a mere 68 degrees. And so, I did what I needed to do to eliminate some of the vatta imbalance that, for me, comes with the increasingly cold weather.


And I kind of liked it. And I would do it again.

Winter does strange things to my resolve.
God help me.


YC

7 comments:

Pink Heels said...

Thank you for the good laugh! Jennifer

laksmi said...

god! you're going to hell! (acutally, I've been thinking how doing some effing bikram might be a good thing...)

eeyore said...

oh well, the bisnu gosh line goes just as far down the yoga tree than krisnamacharya's. and if you believe norman sjoman's, "yoga at the mysore palace", bikram's is virtually as old a sequence, with the same roots in indian gymnastics and wrestling. for western bodies, like mine, it might even be a little safer.

cranky housefrau said...

i have done bikrams once. it was the only time i was warm last winter. i liked it. but it didn't feel like yoga.

eeyore said...

i know, it doesn't, does it?

kayla said...

My practice started out with Bikram, and I still go about once a week, mostly due to the fact that I am unmotivated to practice at home alone, and there is only one studio in town that offers a daytime primary series class during the week, and that only once a week.

Bikram is addictive, no doubt about it. And there's something soothing about going and zoning out, just following the directions. But having practiced ashtanga for the past year, I see now how there is a biiiig difference between Bikram yoga and ashtanga yoga.

(0v0) said...

This photo is perfect in so many ways. Wow.

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