Bikram Yoga

Hey friends! Glad you all loved our PJ’s. I do too, and have worn them every chance I can get over the past 3 days. Awesome.

I bet from this post’s title you can guess what I tried yesterday for my workout, eh?

My amazing childhood best friend, Lindsay, gifted me a class to a nearby Bikram yoga studio. We chose yesterday to go, and boy was it quite the experience!

For those of you who don’t know what Bikram Yoga is, it is a yoga class that is done in a hot yoga room (set to 105 degrees Fahrenheit), and the class goes through a series of 26 postures two times through–equaling a 90 minutes long class.

Bikram yoga poses (click for source)

It was awesome to have that experience, and it was HARD. Not necessarily physically (I have a dancing background, so most of the postures were not too hard –though I could not do 1 of them completely), but mentally it was difficult!

Bikram Yoga Experience

You see, I have a love/hate relationship with yoga. I love it because it gives me a good stretch, I get to use my flexibility, it helps me to recover from other intense workouts, aids in injury prevention, and it makes me feel awesome afterwards.

But I hate it because I have to be quiet, I can only use my mind, and it is a battle the entire freaking time to focus on what I am doing and not think about my to-do list, plans, worries, pain, etc.

This is why I will never be a yoga instructor–I am an upbeat, go-go-go personality, who is intense, talkative, is quite odd, and who likes to move. So yoga, for that reason, is really tough for me. (Funny TRUE story: when I was little my violin teacher told my mom she was quitting teaching me because I could not stand still. Hah.)

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First of all, the class was HOT. Like so hot I was dripping with sweat 3 minutes in, and by the final 3 postures felt dizzy and a tad bit disoriented. I did not eat anything (other than a piece of gum and a peppermint patty) before the class simply because I totally forgot and ran at out of time (and was afraid of eating anything too close to the class time because of the reason of feeling sick).

Ironic how I felt dizzy and wanted to throw up during those last couple of postures…. I was thisclose to harfing on the mat, so I am actually quite grateful I did not eat anything. Hah.

The class, overall, was totally fantastic! I got such an amazing stretch, learned some new postures, worked new muscles, and got to battle with my head & force myself to focus and do hard things. That is an awesome feeling, my friend. (But of course, I was really grateful I did not yarf or pass out—both of which I really almost did. All over the rented mat. Heh).

If you haven’t tried Bikram yoga and you have a chance to, DO it. It will rock your world. Literally.

I hope to go back again (it is a tad $$$) and hopefully foresee it in my future!

But next time I will bring colder water (I forgot to add ice- #fail) and eat something right when I wake up so I don’t forget (who does that?! Apparently I do when I get sidetracked. Another #fail).

pretend that pic of me is without shoes on and that'd be one of the poses

One of my 2012 goals is to do more yoga (any kind)…..I am thinking 2x/month for at least 15 minutes each…..I am more of a private person, but maybe I’ll post some of my 2012 goals for you all (do you even want that?) 😉

Off to PUMP some iron with the ladies. I seriously love that class!

Have a GOOD day! If not, MAKE it one :)

Have YOU tried a type of hot yoga class (or Bikram yoga) before–what did YOU think?? Any other suggestions for reducing that dizzy feeling?? 

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Comments

  1. I have a groupon to a Bikram yoga studio, so I’ve gone a few times. My first hot yoga experience was awful because I was completely unprepared, but now I LOVE it! It is hard to focus for 90 minutes though, my mind is always racing! I can only handle doing it max once a week.

    • I bet it’d be even better with time. 90 mins is SO freaking long, I agree! I applaud you for going so often-that totally rocks :)

  2. i’m like you and struggle with loving yoga for the same reasons! it’s hard for me to mentally focus on it – like SO hard for me! glad you got to try out bikram yoga though! i’ve never done bikram before, but i’d love to try it out some time!

  3. Never tried Bikram but sounds fun. Might have to hit up a nearby studio.

    I love Yoga for the stretch. But you are right, it is hard to clear the mind. You might like Danielle’s Xen Strength Yoga. The added weight routine gives you something to do while you are holding a pose. 😉

  4. LOVE IT!! :) :) I still get dizzy on occassion, so when you figure out what works, let me know! :)

  5. Hey! I have practiced Bikram for about a year and I love it but it is a constant battle. It is a commitment to go to each class, but I am always so glad that I go. The more you go, the more comfortable with the heat and the moves you get. It is a great way to decompress, relax and focus on yourself! What pose did you struggle to do?

    • oh wow–that’s awesome. And I could see how its a battle to get there and then loving it! I struggled with number 12 –I didn’t really want to try it, honestly. My knees are pretty fragile. :)

  6. I have done it twice… after the first time I swore I would never do it again! But I did go back for more… I still hate it though lol
    Maybe third time is a charm!

  7. Oooo yes.. I do Bikram 4-5 times a week – love it !!! I guess with a dancing background too, most of the poses are pretty easy. I’d be interested to know which posture you couldn’t do because there is one I STILL can’t do after about 9 months!! The dizzy feeling eventually goes, but still comes back on days I’m feeling a little drained.. I’d just suggest hydration, and eat a small meal 2-3 hours beforehand to at least have something in your tummy – I try and guzzle about 1.5 litres of water during the day leading up to class in the evening, then another litre or so after, sometimes more. But you’re right, Bikram is pretty tough mentally, it feels incredible after though! Glad you liked it :)

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