I haven't taken a 6:30 class in quite a while. Usually, this is a great time of day for me. Not yesterday. Class was one of my toughest ever. The best thing I can say about it is that I basically rolled with the difficulty and didn't beat myself up - much.
Sherry is Rohit's wife. She stays pretty close to the dialogue and has more of a "standard" style than Rohit. I thought she was holding the poses really long, especially in the standing series. Then I was shocked to find that we ended 5 minutes early. Maybe I got the impression of long holds because she really held Half Moon for a long time, and the extra energy I spent in the warm-up probably helped to knock me out later.
I missed one set of Triangle. No biggie there -- that still happens fairly often. Then I had to leave for a set of Cobra. When the cold air hit me, I nearly fainted. I got back into the room, but had to sit out a set of Locust. That's pretty rare, but after locust, its all downhill, right? Not yesterday. I almost sat out of Fixed Firm, but pulled myself together. Then I almost threw up in Half Tortoise, which I would have said was unthinkable, and sat out the second set. Then I forced myself through Camel, made it through Rabbit and somehow made it to the end.
After class, other people were saying that they got slaughtered as well. And I was thinking it was just me. And then, lo and behold, I left the studio and felt absolutely great. So, as bad as the class felt at the time, it turns out that it was just what I needed. (By the way, objectively, the room was hot but not really that bad, at 106 and 50% humidity.)
The day 139 meditation is very short, and basically asks us to take the following quote to heart:
For those who have come to grow, the whole world is a garden. For those who have come to learn, the whole world is a university. For those who have come to know God, the whole world is a prayer mat.
I should have read that before going to class. It might have done me some good. At its best, the studio can feel a bit like all three. And that begs the question, what did I come to the studio for yesterday? -- it seems not to grow, to learn, or to know God. I guess if you come to suffer and struggle, then the whole world is a torture chamber ;)