So thirsty... All the time -____-
Friday, 29 April 2011
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Just finished class 5, 5 down, 92 more to go! I didn't count ps, my friend did :) Tonight's class was awesome! I practiced beside Binny and Sam, my new friends from Australia, Sam said he watched my shoulders rotate of my body in camel, whee :) So far so good, my butt is a little sore and my ham strings ( of course ). I am finally starting to sweat, the first 4 classes was towel and body were more or less dry! Bikram Yoga Langley is way hotter than this yoga room, and I miss it! See Langley, we really are the hottest yogi's ever, miss you all!
I did my half moon posture in front of Bikram yesterday, I was probably the 30th person to go (out of 426) I was on the side of the stage waiting to go, I guess I was mouthing the dialogue with the guy who was reciting his before me, and Bikram saw me doing that, made direct eye contact with me (about 20 feet away) gave me the biggest smile and a thumbs up, I guess he saw how nervous I was preparing to go on, I was now shaking... I got up there said 'I'm Nikki Kennedy from Vancouver British Columbia Canada' people cheered, I said the right side half moon. I don't remember how I said it, how fast, if I made any mistakes, but I was shaking. I finished he said "WOWWWWW... You see that, I made that. Should I be proud? I am proud. Beautiful. She is beautiful, that is beautiful. Why you shake. I made that, I MADE THAT" I was shaking so much. Afterward Denine told me I made ONE mistake. Near the end I mixed up one word. He said my row that went (4 people are on stage at a time) had the best dialogue all day. I am really proud of myself for this, I was shaking like crazy on the stage, and that's really all I remember, except for what he said to me, that I will never forget.
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Today, well technically yesterday, Monday, April 18th 2011, was the day I met Bikram. All 426 of us teacher trainee's gathered in the conference hall for 10AM, senior teacher Jim Kallet, spoke with us for over an hour about rules and regulations, with kind and wise words of encouragement, just before 11:30 Bikram walked on to the stage, I was front row, 6 feet away from the man who helped save my life. He spoke with such a light to him, it was uplifting, and hilarious, his words were funny, wise, touching and right, his yoga works. At 5PM we took our first class as teacher trainee's, the room is massive, 16,000 square feet, the biggest hot yoga room in the world. Bikram taught the class, I was second row and to the right of his podium, which was at least 5 feet high. The class was challenging, but the energy was contagious, I had a really bad headache because of my contact lenses, but I pushed through it. Tomorrow will be our first day with two classes, 8:30AM & 5PM. So as most of you know, Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures over 90 minutes, each one done twice, always in the same order, as teacher trainee's we have to learn to say all 26 (what we call the dialogue) exactly how its written by Bikam... Anyways, to learn the postures over the next 9 weeks we are organized into "posture clinics" a group of 20-40 people, in alphabetical order, and as the weeks progress we progress through learning the postures, but the first posture (half moon pose), EVERYONE has to say in front of Bikram, so starting tomorrow, in our lecture hall, we start, all 426 of, each person gets on the stage with a mic and says the posture to Bikram and 3 people demonstrate the posture as you say it, that is going to take 2 weeks they say, I plan to say mine tomorrow, I feel ready to, and I just want to get it out of the way. Wheee - bed time :)
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Through out my 9 week TT journey, I will be sharing this with over 400 people from around the world, one in particular has a very special place in my heart even before we go, her name is Denine Hoffman. She is the other student from Bikram Yoga Langley coming to TT this year, and I couldn't be more thrilled to share it with her! Let me tell you about Denine, she is a beautiful blond yogini with a contagious bright smile, you'll often find her front row of the hot room working really hard on her mat. We struggled together in posture clinics at our home studio in preparation for TT, but always wrapped them up with hugs and laughter... Funny note, when I would get confused in awkward posture she would end up holding it for me while I figured it out for twice the time, usually happened during second part, thanks Denine, you are amazing! xox
I made it! I arrived safe & sound in LA yesterday afternoon. I am staying with family friends until tomorrow morning when I will depart for the Radisson Hotel (beside LAX) where I will live for the next 9 weeks, alongside 400+ happy smiling yogi faces. Los Angeles was 22 degrees yesterday and 31 today! Went for a 3 hour hike today, saw a big rattle snake, also have some tan lines from my back pack! I love you sunshine. Tomorrow we will register for TT and then have orientation at 3pm, I couldn't even tell you all my emotions right now, but for certain I am very very excited. To those I love & cherish, & Bikram Yoga Langley, I won't let you down!