Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Training Orientation: Radisson Hotel LAX

Today was Orientation Day, our first official day at Spring Training. Basically it was a day of waiting in line to then wait in another line. Getting 430 yogis checked into the Hotel and registered took some time.

So after queing in various places for nearly 4 hours they finally got everyone sorted and we have our info packs and have been assigned our rooms and roommates etc.

We had a brief introduction with the Bikram Headquarters Staff and some of the visiting teachers and then it was time for dinner, which of course, we had to all line up for. :-)

One of the comments made by one of the Bikram staff was that we had to get used to the different way things were going to be done as some things were done in more Indian tradition rather than western style we may be used to. I think I'm beginning to get the gist of what he meant by that! lol.

Of course learning to just take things as they come and not have expectaions is going to be one of the many lessons to learn. You can imagine though that when things are not running to schedule and no-one really knowing whats going on, that with 430 yogis talking its like chinese whispers with all the different views on whats happening etc.

Anyway, the pic attached to this post is of the double doors leading into the infamous Hot Room. Where all the magic is going to happen! Supposedly its two ballrooms with the dividing wall taken out to make one large room measuring 16,000 ft, making it the largest Hot Yoga Room ever. We're not even allowed in there yet for a peek as its all top secret and they are still testing the heating system and getting the room ready. The rumours are rife though about how hot the room is going to get to. When we first got here peops were saying it was set for 100 degrees F but by this aft that number had been raised to 120 degrees! Don't know whether to laugh at the absurdity of it or cry incase its true?

So tomorrow will be our first chance to spend some time with Bikram and take our first class. The staff today emphasised how in the first week are NOT to kill ourselves and to take it easy and just aclimatise and get our routines / eating etc all sorted. Hey, you don't have to tell me twice. I'm happy to ease into things for as long as possible! Though isn't saying "Bikram Hot Yoga" and "taking it easy" in the same sentence an oxymoron?

Anyway, in light of that thought, I shall finish this post here as its late and I want to make the most of getting sleep while I can. Looking forward to tomorrow and finally really getting into things :-)