I was folding laundry last night on the floor. I had done 4 loads throughout the day, and so you could imagine that I had a giant heaping pile. I was folding clothes for about 10 minutes until I realized how I was sitting. I was sitting in vajrasana (Japanese style). I couldn’t even do this a year and half ago, nor could I even think about doing it! Yet, I was sitting this way and didn’t even realize it.
This sounds silly, but it made me realize how yoga has crept its way into my life and changed certain aspects about my life without me even knowing it. Kind of creepy, but kind of awesome. Also, I have to say that specifically without BIKRAM yoga, I probably wouldn’t be able to do this today. Even before I started practicing Bikram yoga, I was practicing different types of yoga such as Iyengar and Vinyasa, but these methods use props. I remember I couldn’t sit in vajrasana comfortably, so I would sit on a purple squishy block. Purple is my favorite color, and I like squishy things, but Bikram made me sit on my heels no matter how bad it hurt! There is a reason behind the madness – you just have to make up your mind to trust it. It’s just you and your body, nothing else! That is seriously something that is so wonderful.
Some classes I kick out in standing head to knee, sometimes I don’t. I always CAN, it is just a matter of whether I make up my mind to do it or not. As we all know – some days it is so much harder to focus than others. However, my point here is that I CAN kick out. Prior to practicing Bikram, I had to use a strap to kick out my leg in whatever pose they call that in the other yoga methods. A strap! On my foot! But now, I have my Bengal tiger grip. I just have to make up my mind to do it.
Speaking of Bengal tiger grip – have you ever used your Bengal tiger strength during locust? I did yesterday and for the first time EVER I got my legs so high up that my hips were off my arms. I have no idea where this came from, but I think it was a little bit of my instructor telling us that we have to dig deep and make up our minds, a little bit of Mary Jarvis saying “if you don’t try, you won’t suffer”, and a lot of my butt squeezing like I had a really spicy dinner. I believe the strength has been there for a while, but once I finally made up my mind to do this posture, I could actually do it.
PS – I’m not bashing other forms of yoga. If you do yoga, no matter what kind, then you are doing something really awesome for yourself! I just choose Bikram yoga because I like it hot, juicy, tropical, steamy, and wet. Kind of makes my heart smile when I look in the mirror and see 30 or so yogis all with their hair soaking wet, red faces, and puddles on their mat.