I don't know why, but I could not stand on one foot today. Well, I do sort of know why. I played with the dogs before class, and it was pretty cold out. And the ground was wet. So I started class with very cold feet and hands. They didn't burn, like the last time. Instead, when we started Eagle, I started to get cramps in the outsides of each standing foot. Not so bad that I had to hop around or anything, but bad enough to completely throw off my balance.
By Standing Bow, it got comical. I was about as bad as I was in the first couple of weeks of class. Not overall, but I fell out about every 5-10 seconds or so. The best thing I can say is that I didn't give up, and I didn't get mad at myself or frustrated. And that is a major difference between now and when I first started. Then, I constantly got mad and frustrated with myself, particularly in the balancing poses.
The best parts of class today were Fixed Firm and Rabbit. In Fixed Firm, I felt like I could have gone all the way down in second set. I still didn't push it, but I'm pretty near to where I was before I hurt my knee. In Rabbit, I got into what felt like a pretty deep position. It's really hard for me to know with this pose, but it felt better than usual, and my breathing was good in the pose.
I got confirmation today of Bikram's close call in Mumbai. He was with his wife and several of the yoga champions to open a new studio there. They stayed at the Taj Mahal Hotel, and left the building to go out for food or a drink only ten minutes before the terrorist attack. A few minutes the other way and the chances are pretty good that some or all of them would now be dead. Thankfully, they are all fine.