So, as the beginning of this week rolls off to a slow yet meditated start, I look back on the week/weeks past. Finally, I was able to get myself back into my usual physical activities of Bikram yoga once or twice a week in addition to few ballet class sprinkled in as well.
Since, I have been traveling for business be it attending a Dance Conference in San Francisco,CA, Teaching Master Ballet Classes in NC and finally home to rest and visiting my lovely parents in FL, there was very little time to take any classes. So, I swam and jogged to soothe my mind/body connection the best I can. That was just enough, for the time being….
It took about a week to adjust back to the swing of New York City. And now, I am officially ready to continue conditioning from the inside out. Which is why I am returning to my Bikram yoga and Ballet schedule. I have been doing Bikram or Hot Yoga for close to 2 years now and I kid you not, the first few weeks, I thought I was not going to be able to take it!! The breathing exercises are so intense since, they were ‘true” deep breaths and not sips of air! I hadn’t realized that I wasn’t completely breathing inward or outward. Once I figured this out, learning about the poses and what they are good for, made it even more intense and amazing. And to rely on the breath to lead you. Yoga: Physical, Mental and Spiritual discipline originating in ancient India. and found in Hinduism, Buddism and Jainism and Sikhism.
At that point, the sweat is coming and I am feeling much more aware and a sense of wellness is creeping up. Yay! Anyhow, for the next 90 minutes, there is more to experience! The balancing positions and the stretching involved are very humbling for us dancers who are thought to be masters of our bodies. Learning to listen to what my body is saying and needing is the challenge, but not as hard as it used to be. Everyday is different from the next and embracing this is the goal! To get myself to smile and wink at myself in the all fearful and judging MIRROR and mind, is a huge task! As a ballerina, performing artist, this is very important. So, to bring my studies of Bikram Yoga into my daily training and up keep, has showed and reminded me that patience, healing, learning, relearning and dealing are continuous and valuable in Life/Art. That is all for now. So, Enjoy this day since, it is a devine Blessing!