“That was the hardest class I’ve ever taken…”

This was a statement that I overhead following class. It made me stop and think how would I answer that question.

I started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2001. I remember the tiny studio where is all began. It was a one room studio. The lost-n-found was in the dishwasher in the corner. We needed to put our mats side-by-side to accommodate everyone. I remember thinking, “this has to be the hardest class… because I don’t have any space.”

The tiny studio grew and moved to a new spacious location. The facility was lovely but temperature and humidity were known to fluctuate. Some days, I would just pray that the instructor would open the door so we could have some fresh air. I remember thinking, “this is the hardest class… because the room temperature is not consistent.”

In 2012, I attended the 9 week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. I remember some really long, tough, and hot classes. We were practicing 2 classes a day. I was pushing my body to the absolutely maximum. Most days, my goal was just to stay in the room.   I remember thinking, “these have to be the hardest classes I have ever taken… because I am physically and mentally exhausted.”

Looking back now, I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

I have fond memories of the tiny studio. I learned not to be distracted by my neighbor.

The spacious studio was home for many years. I treasure all the friendships I made during those years.

Bikram Yoga Teacher Training was a life changing experience. I would give anything right now for a long, tough, hot class taught by Bikram. I learned that I am stronger, more focused, and more capable that I ever knew.

How would I answer this question today? Practicing alone!

I have learned that the power of group energy can get you through any class. I have a huge appreciation for a room full of sweaty Bikram yogis.

So the next time my mind starts to analyze a class, I am going to be thankful for the opportunity to practice with a group.   I never knew how much I needed the collective energy of a group until it was gone.

I can now say, bring on the hard classes. If the classes were easy, I wouldn’t be on this amazing journey.

2015-08-07T17:08:55+00:00 By |Blog, Front-page-posts, Thoughts|

About the Author:

Amy is an entrepreneur with a passion for whole-body fitness. Her training expertise includes Original Hot Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, wellness, business best practices, leadership, training and executive coaching. She is the owner of Bikram Yoga Lake Norman., Pathforward Acadamy and is the founder and creator of HOT 26+ Teacher Training. She has practiced Yoga for over 20 years and became a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor in 2012.

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