Sunday, May 17, 2009
Week 3 - The studying begins...
Bikram was traveling this week so we had anatomy class with Dr. "T." during the afternoons. All I have to say is THANK GOD there is a Starbucks in the hotel lobby. Sitting in a room that feels like 110 degrees (no A/C) with 300 other students is painful. You doze off...your butt cheeks hurt...your back 'hurts like hell' (uh oh starting to use dialogue in normal speak). The caffeine helps a tiny bit to stay awake.
Dr. "T" likes to talk about nutrition and everything that is bad about food. Food additives, growth hormones injected into meat, dairy...by the end, you realize that everything you put in your mouth is toxic! I guess that's why we do two yoga classes a day, huh? Dr. T is a local - he's from Walla Walla. He must be in his 60's or 70's and likes to try out his latest jokes on us. Monday is our first anatomy test so we've been studying up on synovial joints, vertebrae and platelet aggregation!
Aside from anatomy, we've started to move faster in the posture clinics. We are on Eagle now. Clinics are held 9pm-11pm and each person gets up and delivers teaching a posture in front of two groups and sr teachers. You have to memorize the dialogue word for word or else!! So far, I've seen three girls cry in posture clinic. Luckily, I had memorized the first few postures so I didn't have a problem with the dialogue. It is still nerve wrecking. I had to deliver Awkward on a mic in the lecture room in front of everybody. My knees were shaking like jello. Hopefully I'll get more comfortable as I deliver more and more postures. It's weird. I talked to people here and alot of them say that they have jobs in the public eye, but when it comes to delivering the dialogue, they get nervous.
As far as the practice goes...it's going well except for Monday PM class when I felt like I was going to DIE during the floor series. It was hotter than usual and I was in a hot spot. All of my water was gone and I had to mentally keep it together to finish class. Hey! I didn't lay down. Sometimes it feels worse to lay down because then you feel like you're broiling in an oven. Better to move. This week, we've had senior teachers teach the classes - Ren, Val, Mike, Martha. Ren from LA and Martha from MN are the most entertaining teachers (besides Bikram). Ren is a diva and likes to emphasize certain actions like, "Touch it, touch it, touch it! Suck it, suck it, suck it!" Martha is the singing teacher. She is also pregnant so she's probably practicing for her baby. She even sang while teaching one of the postures. It's entertaining...keeps your mind off of the heat. They've got group assignments now so you can't choose where you want to practice in the tent.
Back at home, my boyfriend sent me a care package of extra clothes and a scale (I asked for it). I was curious because 2 classes a day and eating pretty healthy (excluding weekends!) must've shed some lbs, right? Boy, was I wrong!!! I stepped on the scale and was horrified to see that I lost ONE lb! How could that be? I started seeking answers...maybe my body is bloated from all of the water...maybe yoga doesn't burn as many calories as i thought...maybe my scale isn't calibrated cuz it had a rough flight...ahhhh! So, there it is. 1 measly pound. Oh well, I guess I better put my Whatchamacallit bar down.
pic 1 - visiting teachers
pic 2 - Dr T
pic 3 - "studio" where we practice