I fear what this means... Tonight there was no movie after our posture clinic. We all left our posture clinics as scheduled at 11:30pm, only to be told in the lecture hall that Bikram had decided to let us go for the night. Are we in for an ass-whomping come morning? Guys, Emmy already kicked my ever shrinking behind good and proper this morning! ah what the heck... bring it on!
- Lori - has been an actress for 37 years, and is our resident "drama queen" (literally =D) and mother figure from Colorado. Of course she learns the dialogue in like minutes. I would like to hate her for that, only she is sooo good at giving me tips when a line or paragraph won't stick with me I have to forgive her :)
- Victor - Is this lovely lovely man from Mexico. He will tell you in the most fluent English that his English is not so good, and that he only really learnt it in the month prior to TT. Of course he just blew most of his vocabulary in telling you this. He is the epitome of "smiling happy face".
- Kristin - you know that beautiful, thin, super flexible, blonde you just want to dismember our of sheer jealousy; but you can't because you really really like them? That's Kristin. Sigh. Darn that cute Texan for being so likable!
- Lennart - talk about a strong practice! This guy is good with a capital G. He is the sweetest German guy out; but trust me, I have also seen glimpses of his mischievous sense of humor.
- Lauren - I wanna be Lauren when I grow up! (although she's probably a lot younger than me)
- Martha Williams helped us understand the role of a teacher as it pertained to being up there on the podium. The thing that sticks out for me from Martha's posture clinics is that the teacher is teaching one student at a time. The dialogue is not plural... it is "kick your leg up", "suck your stomach in". This was actually very profound for me.
- Ren taught us a lot more about being a teacher, what you can and cannot do with the dialogue in order to be successful.
- Mike Frayer has scary 6th sense like abilities. He not only sees what you are lacking in your delivery, but somehow manages to know what part of it you need to hear at that moment. For everyone in my group the night we had him he managed to pinpoint a focal point and draw them away from what they were obsessing over.
- Diane Ducharme got us after we had gotten some conflicting messages "you must stand still", "you should make natural movements", etc. What she reminded us was that this was a laboratory where we would be free to experiment and learn to be our very best teacher-selves. We should learn to let go in order to find out what works. If feedback does not resonate as true within you and make you less effective... leave it on the floor.
I have been lax in posting, I know. My husband was in town for the weekend. Studying my dialogue, studying for my anatomy test (yeah... nailed that sucker!), and spending time with him took precedence over updating y'all. Truth is, the anatomy is served up in such a manner that the only way one cannot excel on the test is if you are English Second Language (there are indeed some folks here who's grasp on English is very tenuous - my heart goes out to them, and my admiration too!), or you simply failed to pay any attention whatsoever. Anatomy is not something to fret over, as Dr Trapani makes it really simple to follow. It is a very dry topic, so focusing could be a fun thing to try and practice.
Picture it (Thursday nite class):
It struck me today that strangers are nicer to me than I am to myself. I don't only mean people that have met me, but just another yogi walking by. I guess as we work through our stuff we will each have our own things to deal with. I have been very impressed by the general positive attitude, generosity, kindness and compassion of this group of people. This week we have being seeing more people break down, but this is good. Trust the process, right?
This afternoon was my favorite Bikram lecture to date. I could really relate to it and it struck a chord in me. The lecture room was just so darn hot it's hard not to feel like it's an extra 4 hours of class without the poses. Emmy Cleaves had to leave early on some personal matters, we all hope for the best. I can't wait till she comes back. Jim is back, yay.
I really do. Yum. I bought this big bag at Costco the Saturday b4 TT started and stuck them in this stay fresh veggie bag. I have 2 left. Oh woe is me when I run out. Some folks are apparently having PB and Jelly for dinner. That would not fly with moi for sure! With the coffee maker's hot water one could at the very least make instant oatmeal or ramen noodles once in a while. The aches continue... whoohoo? At least I'm not dead right? Actually the class did fabulously this morning, the last couple of mornings we had a number of people taking a knee or needing a breather. This morning they were rocking it. Emmy is the bomb, not only for classes and lectures, but also for just being Emmy. Bikram is a very very very smart man with a substantial knowledge base. He is also a delightful entertainer who really puts a great deal of himself into his craft. The two things (well as I see it at this point anyways) that he is not is succinct and able to relate his point to the masses. After his lectures people try to phantom his point. This too may be part of his bigger plan (and trust me, the man always has some devious plan ;))
Other than the fact that I feel like a bunch of rabid monkey's broke into my room last night and beat me to a tender pulp (I must have been lying face down at the time) with baseball bats, I am doing better so far than I had expected myself to do. Body pains seem as likely as sunshine here. As I was warned, my practice varied A LOT. What surprised me is that it did so from the very first class. As we all know, there are two kinds of yogis. Those born strong and those born flexible. I am NOT the bendo doll, trust me every millimeter I can move from perfectly rigid was earned in sweat (and many cases tears). Well, for the first 2 days I could not balance on one leg for more than 10 seconds at a time. While it is getting better, all the poses I traditionally find "easier" have taken me work. Elements of poses that formerly took no effort are now my nemesis :( On the bright side I can forward bend all of a sudden. The bad news is that I am so not used to being able to do this that I am struggling to find the happy medium between trying hard enough and injuring my back further than I have already (2 pinched nerves to date). Please bear in mind that this will not happen to everyone. I have some pre-existing conditions I have to contend with.
As I said before the fridges are small. So that takes a savvy brian to deal with. At this point the hotel charges $2 a day to rent the fridge. The minibar (52F/12C) is free, but will not properly keep certain foodstuffs (now is not the time to be inviting Salmonella to the party). Internet and parking both run $12 a day (yes you can request the internet in your room for just one 24hr period per week (say noon Saturday to noon Sunday)). I am using phone-as-a-modem for my internet connectivity, but for international visitors this may not be viable/cost effective. The lobby/business center charges $3 for 30 min of internet (where they provide the computer).