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!
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!