Yesterday my friend Melanie began what I know is going to be a huge revolution in movement and fitness. Living in Palm Springs every year there is a run/walk called the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge. I told Mel that we should do it this year. So we signed up and then Mel had a brilliant idea. She said: “Tam, let’s do the tram run in the morning and then race down to Palm Desert and do the Bump and Grind Hike and then finish it off with a Bikram Yoga class.” My first thought, I have to admit was WHAT??? Mel has gone crazy! But the more I thought of this idea I loved it! We began to call it our Tramathalon, and then I started calling it the Tamathalon. But in all fairness, we are now calling it our “Tammelathalon”. If it is not too confusing we may even change it up year to year, switching between that awesome name and this one: Meltamathalon…what do you think?
Part 1: The Tram Run/Walk: This is the kick butt part of the series. You will feel as though you have an elephant on your chest unless you pace yourself. I felt as though I had asthma my lungs were burning. Those of you who want to join us next year can be a part of our group, but we divide ourselves into two teams. Melanie’s team are the rabbits: strong and powerful. My team will be the turtles: slow and steady with lots of stamina.
Part 2: The Bump and Grind Trail: Many local hikers love this trail. Mel and I have on a few occasions ran/hiked this circle twice in a row. It will definitely get your heart pounding. Mel took off ahead of me so I told her she could hurry and save my spot in yoga as time was getting close for the 11 am class. We kept our bib’s from our tram run and as I was running it several people stopped and said, “Hey is there a race going on?” I yelled back “Yes, it is the tammelathalon and I am in 2nd place!” One old man started clapping and said “Hurry, I see others coming!”
Part 3: Bikram Yoga at Bikram Yoga University Village: Normally a hot yoga class is enough to kick anyone’s butt, but how about after 2 challenges already, but stepping into the hot room felt so good. The room is heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. When our friends at yoga heard what we had already done they were impressed and want to join us next year! After that 90 minute workout and just before the savasana Mel and I high fived each other at our amazing accomplishment!
We both had such a great time and we hope next year some of you will join us!
As with anything in life it is all about setting a goal and working towards your goal. Those of you who have set a goal of writing your memoir if you have not completed your goal let me help you complete it. If someone would have told me a year ago or even six months ago I would have done what I did yesterday I would have thought they were crazy! But set a goal, work towards it and when you finish you will feel so alive and complete!
I am working with an online group and we are working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. One of the things I have discovered through working through the pages is realizing my true passion. I have a passion for connection. I love connecting with people in general. I love connecting with my fellow yoga friends at Bikram Yoga University Village in Palm Desert. I love connecting with my students at my various workshops. I love connecting with various people in the grocery store or wherever I happen to be. Connection for me takes place on a variety of levels. Sometimes the connection is brief, at other times a connection can change my life.
I think one of the most amazing writing exercises to work on is looking at your connections. Write your story of how you met your true love. Have you had many loves or just one that you still cling to? Examine the circumstances around your meeting. Write about how you met him/her. Did you know immediately that this person was going to make a difference in your life? If not immediately when did the love grow? When your heart thinks about passion who is the image that is recalled in your memory banks? What about the various friendships you have maintained throughout the years, can you recall your first meeting? Take some time today to travel through your memories and see what you remember about the important people in your life. Focus in and see what you remember. Sometimes (especially if your true love is no longer a part of your life) this exercise can be painful, but travel down the path gently and see what it is that you recall. Let the tears fall if you need them to, it is cleansing and healing.
About a month ago my friend Melanie invited me to try out her Bikram Yoga studio that she has been practicing at. I quickly agreed as it had been over three years since I practiced Bikram Yoga and I knew how much I loved it then! Well, as you can imagine after that first class I was hooked again! Imagine how excited I was to learn that the studio would be having a 30 day challenge (do 30 classes in 30 days!). I fondly remembered back to my San Jose Yoga days where I did the 60 day challenge in only 42 days. I quickly signed up and with the encouragement of Melanie we are now half way through the 30 day challenge. I should have asked Melanie today in class how many she has completed, but on day 15 I have already finished 25 classes! (I believe Mel has around 28, if I am not mistaken!). So, what have I noticed in these 15 days of consecutive yoga series? Well, my body is definitely getting slimmer, my skin is glowing and my energy is off the charts! To bump up the challenge even better, Mel and I have decided for the month of June to not have any alcohol, caffeine or sugar…waaah! But the difference I feel in my body is amazing! Kim Tang has outdone herself on making such a beautiful yoga studio. The teachers are fabulous, I haven’t had one I didn’t absolutely love! In the picture to the right are two of my faves, Cornelius and Kelli. Today is the last day to sign up for the 30 days, so if you are in the Palm Springs area give yourself the gift of good health and consider joining us on our 30 day challenge! Bikram Yoga University Village is where lots of great things are happening, come check it out! Your body will thank you!
Also, to celebrate our 30 day challenge join me and Mel at 3rd Corner Bistro in Palm Desert as we congratulate ourselves on a job well done! We are looking forward to our first glass of wine on the 30th at 4:30! Thanks Kim, Cornelius, Kelli, Whitney, Keely and Frank for all the wonderful classes and the great energy you share with all of us!