Getting up at 5.39 was easy. Falling asleep at ten was not. Even at eleven I was still awake. I already started to worry, as I always do if I don't fall asleep within the hour. But I think I was asleep before midnight.
I took my bike and I arrived at the studio at 6. There were already eight pairs of shoes in the hall way (Yes, I counted them). In the shala the teacher (male) was in Padmasana, reading. He had glasses on.
I rolled out my mat on the right side of the room and stood some time in Samasthiti, starting my Ujjayi breath and controlling my bandha's. When I opened my eyes, the teacher was in front of me.
'Hi,' he said. 'I am Nick.' He pointed his finger at his chest.
'Hi,' I said. 'I am Cindy.'
We shook hands.
'Do you know the practice?'
'Yes. Half Primary,' I said.
'Good. Carry on.'
I started my practice. When I was in Utthita Parsva Konasana, the teacher said 'Samasthiti, please' and started the openings prayer. Our Ohm (twenty of us) was very powerful.
Nick helped me in Uttita Hasta Padangusthasana so I could touch my leg with my chin. This was a first timer and it made me happy.
Later he also helped me in Marichyasana D. My left hip is flexible as where my right hip is absolutely not. I told him that. He said:
'First, build your foundation. Do it from the ground up. It is like building a house.' He sat down and told me what to do and when I had to breathe and when I had to stretch my arm and my body and finally, I was doing the Marichyasana D on both sides. I felt my body open. He said: 'next time it will be easy for you.'
Time flew and I felt light and easy. At home, things were not so easy anymore. I had to make breakfast, shower, put on clothes and make up and hurry. I thought: going to a Mysore Class at 6 AM is the easy part of the day, the rest is much more of a struggle.