Variety is indeed the spice of life, and well, the variety in our days here at yoga boot camp are about as spicy as white rice. So, today a whole myriad of excitement occurred when...
- We found chicken curry on the buffet at lunch! Bikram has complained there is no Asian food, and the hotel actually was bringing in a temporary Asian chef. I didn't eat any, but Todd put a plate of it away and seemed quite happy about it. Again, this is what we've got now - a new item on the buffet and morale skyrockets!
- Julia taught 5 p.m. class! Julia is a senior staff member and former yoga champion, she has a great energy and was a fantastic teacher. Bikram's voice was bothering him, so he opted out. We all were delighted with the dialogue-based, 90-minute high energy class. Many remarked that they "felt like home" in that class, again, including yours truly. It was I think my most enjoyable (re: athletic, challenging, enjoyable, predictable, fun) class yet! Again, the change of pace just felt soooooo good - not to dis Rajashree, Bikram or Emmy - they are amazing teachers - but having a fresh energy on the podium was inspiring and refreshing.
There's a giant banking convention here as of today, 2000 people - and they are partying hard! Loads of drinking and 'fun times' in the lobby (re: mariachi bands until 1 a.m.) - and considering all our rooms are off the lobby, we're all feeling the loudness impact. We are delicate flowers, we yogis... :) This is a change of pace that is unwelcome. Crowded elevators (we're on a schedule here people!), cigarette smoke, noise and the party-down attitude of these people here to have fun. The nerve. ;)
Tonight we had a short lecture (8:30 - 10:15) with Bikram. He is going away now for a few weeks, and talked about not abusing freedom, and how too much freedom is not always a good thing. It was a good and interesting talk. He took questions after which were quite a potpourri of topics - from what he talked about at the UN to whether or not he himself is omnipresent....hmmm, his conclusion "um, I don't know" after two long stories of how he may just be.
Well, off to study dialogue!
Jin in the morning vs. Luke in the morning - what a juxtaposition!; Me after Class #17; me with the party animals after Class #18; Luke, Julia & Rowena, the senior staff; and Bikram's last talk before taking off for a few weeks.