The 10 class challenge? What is that? It’s not about going to class 10 days in a row. I actually think it’s way more interesting than that.
Recently, Esak Garcia blew through North Carolina visting a number of studios (not mine, but others in the general area). I was unable to see him, but several people from the studio went. Esak is a student of Mary’s so you might follow that train to conclude that he doesn’t drink water during class, and you would be right. He argues that your practice will improve, and you will physically feel better, if you do not drink during class.
His suggestion is to just try it out over a period of 10 consecutive classes. This doesn’t have to be 10 classes in 10 days – just the next 10 times you take class. Try it for 10 days, and if you don’t see any improvements, then feel free to go back to drinking your water during class. But if you DO see improvements, well, I guess you’ll be forced to ponder if you should go back to drinking water during class or not.
I’ve done plenty of classes without water, and I used to be in the habit of not drinking it during class. But I fell out of that habit. I had one very bad class, where I must’ve not been properly hydrated, and is scared me back into drinking water during class. Logically, I know that drinking water when I am dehydrated will not save my butt in the room, but my mind isn’t always interested in logic.
Anyways, I thought this suggestion of a 10 class challenge was a great way to get myself back on the no-water train. Notice I did wait until I had completed my doubles this last weekend! I was not in the mood to start this up when I knew I had a double planned. But today will be class one of ten with no water. I will take my bottle with me to class. I am capable of having it there without it being a distraction (I think). I would like water at the end of it all. I’m sure it will be fine, but fingers crossed anyways!