When Sue Park invited me to take part of the Spring Equinox 108 Sun Salutation led by Tung Bui, I had no idea what the heck that meant but I knew it was yoga and figured I’d be just fine. However, this was not a yoga I had ever experienced before! Definitely something I should have gotten more information on before I jumped right in….On March 21st we met at Lifetime Fitness to celebrate the change in seasons and do some “spring cleaning” of the mind, body, and soul breaking from the darkness of winter. A process that apparently takes 1.5-2 hours to complete.
At first I actually liked it because after two rounds it became a dance. I knew the steps and simply got to enjoy the performing. The first 45 minutes flew as the chimes changed tempo and length. “This isn’t so bad”, I thought. I was sweating a ton and getting a massive full body workout with just a few simple moves. This was awesome! However, as I surpassed that hour mark I began to feel worse and worse. The room started to spin and I was getting the WORST headache! This was not only a powerful experience, but it was becoming truly physically challenging! I had to sit in child’s pose in order to make the room stop spinning.
When everyone was done I talked to Sue trying to figure out what I had possibly done wrong. It turned out that I was hanging my head down constantly causing all the blood to rush to my still healing concussioned head instead of tilting my head upward even when my body was bending down. Luckily the Equinox ritual is usually performed four times a year, however, I think I will work on building my stamina and keeping my head up before I attempt it again. It’s an amazing workout that is simplistic and will make you sweat like never before! Full of fluid movements, a cleansing feeling, peace and tranquility, and balance from head to toe; it was truly a spiritual experience even if I couldn’t finish it.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!