By Byron McCauley
Let’s face it.
Bikram Yoga is challenging. Ninety minutes in a hot room. Twenty-six postures. Your body and mind eager to betray you at the first chance.
Big-time marathoners have told me Bikram can be more challenging than marathon running. Fully grown, rough-hewn men have told me they have come to the studio, made a U-turn in the parking lot, and headed back down Red Bank Road because, well, Bikram would have kicked their butts that day.
But this blog is about being victorious and finishing strong. Sixty-five of you did just that in October, completing the 30-day Bikram Cincinnati Challenge. Collectively, you completed more than 100 hours of classes in the hot room. Don’t believe me? Look at all the stickers of cartoon Minions, Fairies, Sheriff Woodys, and stars on the wall. I wish I could show you a time-lapse video to show how it filled up as the month progressed.
Cincinnati Bikram Owner Chelsea Young told me one of the purposes for the challenge was to help us get into great habits for the winter season. The hot room is where you want to be on, say, on December 13, when it’s 25 degrees with snow flurries on top of a thin coating of ice.
“I was so excited when I came back from Thailand to see all those stickers,” Chelsea said. “And then as the days moved on, the competition was fierce. You guys were inspiring one another! That will go a long way as we gear up for the next 30-day challenge in January.”
All told, yogis on more than 30 teams completed the challenge. And that’s not counting those who came 10 or 20 days. Powerful stuff.
Insert shameless plug here: I want to say thanks to my “Delta Blues” teammate, Maria, for pulling us through. We chose that name because, clearly, we are very hip – and also because we both have lived in Memphis, Land of the Delta Blues.
I would be remiss not to mention one particular overachiever, former student of the month Phil (AKA “Coverboy”). Phil, along with his better half, finished the challenge so quickly that he enacted the “Phone a Friend” rule, joined another team and helped them complete the challenge.
Way to make the rest of us feel great about ourselves, Phil.
As Chelsea mentioned earlier, we get to do it all over again in January. For new students, this is a great time to take advantage of the $30 for 30 day package to see your mind and body will respond to 30 days of practice. I’m all in.