Day 250: lululemon athletica in Cherry Creek celebrated their new store opening this Sunday by closing down the streets and hosting an inspiring yoga class led by Billy Potocnik with DJ Roger Martin-Pressman (both awesome instructors from Pura Vida). I settled myself in next to a woman who practiced with Billy on a regular basis and prepped for a nice easy Sunday flow. I was so so very wrong.
Nice? Yes. Easy? Far from it. I am estimating that there were over 100 chaturangas in the 75 minute class, along with crow, side-crow, birds of paradise and something called a “crocodile,” which scared me too much to try on a cement street with new veneers. Although it was incredibly challenging, I realized it was the most fun class I have ever had outside. I was able to tune out the sounds of the streets, the comments of my neighbors and the dirt all over my mat in order to get deeper into my practice.
It reminded me a lot of when I wait for things to be perfect before I make a move. The noises, wind, smells of nearby restaurants and my filthy mat were far from perfect, but it did not keep me from practicing my heart out. It made me realize that things do not have to be perfect in order for the experience to be great- it’s the experience itself that holds perfection.
Day 251: Yesterday my friend Sarah and I started the day out with a five-mile walk in Washington Park after a stop at Washington Perk. I am starting to sound like a broken record.
Onto something new…
After months of relentless coaxing my friend/newest enemy/Bonza Bodies owner, Jamie Atlas, finally convinced me to take one of his classes. He started off the class by asking me when I was getting married and followed that by a “good, we still have time” comment that made me want to throw my newest workout instrument, the vipr, his way. Noooo, well kind of.
The class is like a bootcamp on steroids with a little bit of Australian humor sprinkled on top. We did an hour of circuit work using trx-like bands, viprs (video demo here) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWuD7D1IdUw, railyards, planks with sliding weights, squats, sandbells, running, more planks and lots of other things that I have partially blocked out of my memory. I was sweating more than I sweat in a hot yoga class and woke up numerous times last night after rolling onto sore body parts. In short? The class was fantastic and I am hooked and hoping that the intensity of the class preps me even more for our wedding in two months- to the day. #backfatisnotafriend
Day 252: With an incredibly sore body, I decided on another long walk. I walked for an hour this morning before it got too hot out and plan on pulling out the TRX a little later in between clients for a quick pick-me-up.
*A note for Ohio readers: On Thursday I will be back in Columbus for five days and am looking for workout partners. If anyone is interested, please shoot me an email!