I took my first Advanced Bikram yoga class today. I skipped out of work for a few hours - feigning an appointment - which it was and went back to the studio at 11 this morning.
All I can say is that it was amazing. The first thing Ida Ripley said to me was that I was there because I was advanced enough in my yoga practice to know my own limitations. Holy, compliment! I did poses I never thought I could do. I learned that my right ankle, that has been sprained many times, needs time to loosen up before I can sit in Lotus pose. I realized that my back is rather flexible. I found two possible poses I will do in the competition. And I bailed hard when I was trying to do headstand! I had to laugh - I fell hard flat on my back with a loud and wet smack!
I went back to work a few hours later and felt high as a kite. I still feel amazing. Challenging myself with these new poses has given me a little push - a push I've been needing for while.
The Dancing J gives a great break down on the Advanced Series here.