The answer..."Nope, but it'll make your yoga practice stronger, deeper and more meaningful."
As a studio owner I am questioned constantly by students about the decisions we (Katy and I) make regarding our yoga business. Why don't we have classes at times that seem more logical to them? Why do we have more of this class instead of that one on the schedule? Why would we consider offering a class that isn't yoga? The list is endless.
Here is my short answer..."everything is yoga."
'Logical' to another person conflicts with your ideas? How you consider that = yoga.
The studio schedule doesn't make sense to you or fit your needs? How you handle that = yoga.
Classes being offered that aren't yoga at the yoga studio? What you do with that = yoga.
I signed up and paid for Boot Camp at the studio as I do every workshop, clinic and program that I possibly can. I do this for the simple reason that I love learning new things. I am curious about new ways to explore and understand myself better. The more I am asked to examine my knee-jerk reaction to challenges in my body, mind and spirit, the more thoughtful I become about how I move through my life.
Boot Camp is the latest of these experiences. We push ourselves to work every inch of our bodies, we support one another, we turn inward to see what's there, we breathe. It's not yoga? Consider this...
Commitment : I mindfully choose to wake up at 4:45am for this every morning.
Perseverance: I have to push myself way beyond my perceived boundaries to meet this physical challenge.
Humility: I have to keep it real and see my strengths and, more visibly, my weaknesses...and smile still.
These are the qualities that I strive to find on my mat. I love that fact that I can strive to find them when I fold the laundry, mop the floor, take care of my family, do tedious paper work, and yes, when I wear my running shoes.
Thank you Aaron, for showing me yet another way to live my practice! Awesome class this morning...still feeling "the effects" :-)