03 July, 2012

Bliss quota surpassed

Today was noon Hatha with Jo.

Apparently, last night's bliss extravaganza resulted in my hitting the bliss quota for the week, and there was no more bliss to be had until the counter gets reset.

And that's okay. It can't all be roses and unicorns and heath bar crunch sundaes, or we wouldn't be able to appreciate it when it is. There was nothing particularly "anti-bliss" about today's class. But it was a little hot (because I opted to plant myself in "The Hot Corner") and a lot humid. More importantly, my body was tired from last night. I could tell, just walking up the stairs to the locker room before class, that my legs were shaky and my balance would be questionable today. And it turned out to be one of those days that standing on one leg was hard to do, even without any of the additional movements involved in the various poses.

The big question I have is whether I can learn not to panic in the heat and humidity? The obvious alternative would be to do yoga at a studio that is not as hot. And I am torn as to the balance of the benefits on each side. I'd like to think that my body would just "get accustomed" to the heat. But I've been doing this for 9 months now, and many days consecutively, with absolutely no shift in terms of how my body physically responds to the heat. I do believe that my mind is responding differently to the heat than it did previously. I am making it through classes much stronger, and having fewer mental spin-outs.

It's got me wondering if I need to branch out and experience yoga at some other studios and see what works best for me. I found that the few classes I took in cooler environments (Boston, Port Townsend, Walla Walla) were very much to my liking. There's that voice in me that counters that with "Maybe you're just wimping out." And that's a tough one for me. I don't want to "let myself off the hook" but I also know that the amount of sweat that I drop during a class far exceeds 95% of the people in any class. Clearly, my body is responding to the heat with a far more extreme reaction than most people. You can't fake that.

The hesitation about branching out is that I have this community that I'm building here at Urban Yoga Spa, and I also have a monthly membership, which is very convenient. I don't really want to be complicating my schedule by adding another studio.

I don't know. I don't know. I don/t know.

Maybe I'll feel different tomorrow.

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