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

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) Bio Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) is a multifaceted artist who lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe. As a feminist Jew who studies shamanism, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition as she explores the themes of connection to the Earth, spirituality, sexuality and gender. She sculpts, draws, writes, performs, photographs, and is an ecstatic dancer/percussionist/healer. Currently, under an Individual Artist Commission awarded by Arts Mid-Hudson, Zelda is developing Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), a multi-media one-person show that chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from a childhood in the 1950s to adulthood. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. She is also producing ZELDA’S Happenings, a series of black-light, body-painting, percussion dance parties that will produce original wearable art for a new UpState Artists Clothing Collection representing artists of the region. Zelda co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre in Washington DC and performed at such venues as Source, GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, in NYC at WOW Café Theatre and Dixon Place, at the Lace Mill and with the TMI Project in Kingston. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Zelda currently resides at the Lace Mill artist residence in Kingston NY with her Great Dane “Z”.
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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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