Over the last month I have been focused on refining my new yoga practice.
I love the ritual of Bikram Yoga. It's the same every time, but it's different within that structure.
The order is the same. The postures are the same but how I am able to perform them is different for each class. I think this sameness is a useful tool for gauging how I'm improving.
It's dependent upon how I slept, whether I'm properly hydrated or nourished and how well I am able to leave my "stuff at the door." That being said, I have experienced a lot of improvement in my postures over the last month.
I have seen that some foods (bacon) are not good for yoga day. Much like when I was a regular runner and learned that something with green chile (one of the world's most divine foods, right behind chocolate) is probably not the best choice for a pre-workout meal either. ;-)
My pain, strength, flexibility and mental calmness continue to improve and my class days are pretty well set now. Although, I missed both classes last week. :-/ That's something to focus on for April, I suppose. ;-)