Abigoliah Schamaun

Comedian, Yogi, Whiskey Enthusiast. 

The Earliest Morningest Class Ever!

The Earliest Morningest Class Ever!

*Originally posted May 6, 2016

I laid in bed this morning thinking, “You know, I could just take a double another day. I don’t have to go to Yoga today.” After a ten minute pep talk I finally pulled myself out of bed and went to SoHot Yoga Studio to take the 7am class. That’s right I took an early morning class. This required me to get up at 6am…well, 6:11am. There should be a parade in my honor for this level of commitment. I leave it to you, dear reader, to organize said parade with the London City Council.

I’m on my way to Leeds for the weekend to perform at Jongleurs Comedy Club and with an 11am train, the only class I could take was a 7am class.Bikram Yoga Highbury & Islington’s 7am class was only the abridged hour class. I wanted to get in my full 90 minutes to this meant heading to SoHot in Fitzrovia. The SoHot studio is the first Bikram studio in London I ever practiced at. I rarely practice there now because at some point in they started to charge teachers. It used to be, as a courtesy Bikram Studios did not charge teachers to practice at their studios whether you taught there or not. Now, more and more studios have abandoned this practice. Highbury does not charge me to take class and I’m allowed to take any class I want be it Bikram or one of the other types of Yoga they offer. SoHot charges me so, though a lovely studio, I only ever go there if it’s my only option. And to be honest, there are worse things to spend my money on then supporting a small business.  It is a lovely studio. It’s in a basement and the hot room it’s self as no windows but the heat and humidity stay consistent through out the class. I don’t know how they do it but they do it right.

 

 

If you recall from my last post which was a basically a bitchfest about how annoyed I am with my little challenge, I went into todays class not expecting great things for myself. It was early in the morning I had only gotten 5ish hours of sleep, my hamstrings and back have been less mobile the last three days, I was prepared for a morning of standing there and sweating. And as class started it dawned on me, I feel great. My back felt open and I could actually get a stretch in my legs that satisfied me. I even got to kick out in Standing-head-to-Knee. The class flew by. I was done and sweating sweetly in savasana by 8:30am. That’s the time I’ve been waking up most days. (Even 8:30am is early for me.) And today I was done with class already and feeling great.

Maybe this’ll be the class that changes me to a morning person! Perhaps I’ll finally have the motivation to get up early and workout first thing. If I did that, think of all the time I’d have in the day to procrastinate! I could be watching crime shows starting as early at 11am! I could stalk my high school friends Facebook pages looking for cute babies for at least an hour more. Why with waking up early, the amount of extra time in the day to waste seems limitless. I could take a Jamie Oliver cooking class! (I saw he’s opened a cooking school in London and it’s taking everything I have to resist signing up.)

I realize this is just a fantasy. I’ve tried being a morning person time and time again, but with the late hours that occur being a stand up comedian it’s just not in the cards long term. But I’m up today! Sitting on the train to Leeds writing this post so much earlier that I would have any other day. My mind it alert, my body feels good. With this daily challenge I’ve fallen behind in a lot of work, I need to get a video edit done, I need to do some research for the next podcast, and I need to finish writing some jokes. With all this early morning yoga energy running through my body I know as soon as I get to Leeds; I’m going to take a nap. 

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On a completely unrelated note, thank you everyone who’ve written me words of encouragement that last few days. I can’t say enough how much it means to me that you take the time to read my posts, let alone care how I’m feeling. You guys are the best, thanks for giving a shit when I don’t. xx

Bikram Yoga in Leeds.

Bikram Yoga in Leeds.

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I Hate Yoga.