Oh – So That’s What They Mean By “One Day at a Time”!

Yay! I attended my FIRST Bikram (HOT!) yoga class today!

And, guess what – low-and-behold, I survived! I did almost all postures and I didn’t pass out – a miracle!

I went to Bikram Yoga on Flatbush Avenue here in Park Slope to support my friend Solitaire Macfoy who celebrated HIS ONE-THOUSANDTH YOGA CLASS IN A ROW!

Solitaire – A Joyous Yogini

Think about that people – 1,000 classes – that’s 2 3/4 YEARS of Bikram HOT yoga – without missing a single day!

And, what makes that achievement even more special and impressive is that Solitaire suffers from arthritis so severe that he must use 2 canes to walk.

Solitaire is one STRONG and DETERMINED man. He has participated in at least one yoga class a day – every day – since September 11th 2009, totalling 1,000 classes. I wanted celebrate with my friend. And, it was a great excuse to get my chubby butt into the room to sweat it out and prove to myself that I could do at least ONE class too.

Solitaire says he has found the perfect exercise regimen to counter the physical problems that restricted his movement.

“The pain hasn’t disappeared but it has been hugely reduced.  If the arthritis was as in control as before, you might find me in a wheel-chair now.”

The man is unstoppable. I frequently run into Solitaire in my neighborhood, and he’s one of the most up-beat, cheery people I’ve ever met – he simply does not see “impossible” as an option.

Today’s class was packed to in his honor and the well-wishers cheered, delighted in his achievement – and we all sweated together. Another attendee – a 65-year-old woman, was celebrating her 485th class – quite an accomplishment!

Yes, the 90-minute HOT, HOT, HOT class was a challenge for me. I sweated – in fact I soaked my clothes through and through – but it was exciting to complete.

I survived ONE-class, a 90-minutes physical and mental struggle  – sweating buckets and feeling exhausted and dizzy in the heat. I contemplated the liberating concept that ANYTHING is possible – if we put our minds to it. That idea was liberating for me.

Today, Solitaire proved to me that yes, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE if we put our mind, body and spirit on the line – and commit.

So Mazel Tov Solitaire – and thank you!



About artistsoulspeaks

Judith Z. Miller, aka "Zelda," lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe; she writes as a way of coping with its beauty, sensuality, frustrations and ecstasies. In NYC, she has read at events sponsored by organizations such as Nehirim, Zeek Magazine, Essentuality, and at venues such as Blue Stockings, The Jewish Community Center, Wow Café Theatre - and late at night to her girlfriends in bed. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Judith was trained as an actress in Washington DC, co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre, acted in numerous productions, created original performance material and was awarded an NEA Arts Management Fellowship in Theatre. Judith is a self-trained visual artist who is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition. She draws and creates primal sculpture and wearable art from trees, stones and found objects, which she fashions into ritual staffs, wearable amulets, and employs in healing rituals. She was profiled in The Daily News; the subject of feature articles in Mann About Town magazine, Home News Tribune, In Brooklyn, The Park Slope Paper, The Wave, and The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and featured on NY-1 Television. In 2008 her paper “Sometimes a Tree Isn’t Just a Tree,” was read at the First International LSP-and Translation Studies Oriented Textual Analysis conference at Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco. Judith was the founder and director of ZAMO! representing a multi-cultural mix of world-class GRAMMY® nominated and JUNO ® award-winning performing artists for over 20 years. She taught self-promotion for performers, presented by organizations such as The Field, The Red Tent Women’s Project and the Brooklyn Arts Counsel. She was the Chief Rhythm officer of Microfundo, a crowdfunding platform supporting musicians worldwide. She was a 2011 British Airways Face-to-Face Opportunity contest winner traveling to Thailand where she met with indigenous woodcarvers and shaman. A healing ritual artist, she created Zelda's Body Breathing Healing System (TM), and offers private sessions and workshops. Judith (Zelda) resides in Port Henry New York.
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3 Responses to Oh – So That’s What They Mean By “One Day at a Time”!

  1. Coralee says:

    This was so helpful and easy! Do you have any arietlcs on rehab?

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