Bikram Yoga: Taking a Break Has Turned Into a Challenge

If you’ve noticed, I haven’t posted much about yoga lately and that is because we have not been much.

Ever since we broke our routine when family and friends visited a few months ago, we haven’t been able to get back into it.  Part of the reason is that we had to allocate yoga time into friend and family time and work piled up and now we need to catch up on the work.

Part of the reason is that we ended up changing our diet too and so we’ve had much less energy and are tired more often.

Part of it is because we’ve been catching up on Game of Thrones episodes.  We’ve seen them but wanted to recap all episodes before watching the current season.  We ended up doing GoT marathons, staying up until 2am most nights so haven’t been getting much sleep either, contributing to the lethargy.

Part of it is because Tony’s got a new job which requires him to work longer hours.  Since I wait for him so I can bring his water and towel etc to the studio, if he works too late and doesn’t make it to class or if he’s tired and decides to come home, rest and watch GoT instead of going to yoga, then I miss out as well.

Part of it is sometimes he’s working in the evenings or part of the weekend (at home) and because he’s working longer hours, I’ve started to pick up all the slack at home where he can’t help anymore.  It does mean he can just go to work, come home and rest but it also means that by the time the weekend comes, we’re both knackered and just want to rest and watch GoT.

WELL, it’s not on.  3 months of on and off yoga has made us both lethargic, lazy, uncommitted and unfocused (when it comes to yoga).

Enough is enough.  It’s time for us to get back into it and do it properly.  Well, for me anyway.  To force the habit, I’ve decided to do a 30 day challenge.  Nothing like a 30 day challenge to turn something into a habit.

Besides, GoT is finished for the year and after a month at his new job, we’re starting to get used to our new schedules and workloads.

When I mentioned to our teachers that we weren’t eating well or that we haven’t been coming to class that often, most reacted with “It’s ok to take a break.” or “It’s OK (to eat badly) once in a while, you’re both very healthy anyway.”

I know why they say it.  It’s because we have been going to yoga 5-7 times a week, were always on some cleanse, vegetarian, vegan, raw or juice diet or something crazy like that and gave everyone the impression that we were “super healthy” whatever that may mean.

But we are a far cry from those days.  That was a year ago.  As I write, I have a box of 12 Krispy Kreme donuts beside me, we just ate 2 of them (a lemon meringue tasting one and a really nice hazelnut one) and we had a Rib Eye steak for lunch with vegetables coated in duck fat and we have gone to yoga 1-2 times per week for the last 2 weeks.  In the last few months, Tony has gone out drinking for work at least once or twice a week.  It only took a couple of months to turn 3 years of hard work into going back to “normal”.

I have to do something to change this slow regression and cling onto whatever semblance of “healthy” we have left.  I’m not sure what else to do other than buy more fruit and vegetables, so 30 day Bikram Yoga Challenge 2015 is it 🙂

Tony’s not doing the challenge with me.  He doesn’t have the time.  This one I’m going to have to do on my own.


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