So I went and took my first REAL Bikram Yoga class. I've heard of several other people try it and fall in love with it. I've been doing a lot more running, cardio, and strength training and I've noticed that my muscles feel much tighter than they usually do.....and I also need to face the fact that I'm not 16 years old any more so it takes a lot more effort to get my body to bend the way it used to! I actually have to work to maintain my flexibility. What could be more helpful than yoga? Well.....Bikram Yoga.
It really is a full body workout. It's not just stretching....and the atmosphere you're in is much more harder. Not only are you twisting, turning, stretching, and balancing your body in 26 different poses ( that's for beginners!) but you're doing all of the above in a 105 degree heated room. It sounds absolutely crazy but it is wonderful. I was excited to try out the class but a little nervous because I had no idea what I was about to get into. After dropping my bag in the locker room and talking with the instructor a bit (who was oh so kind and even set up my mat, towel, and water for me....she had it waiting for me in the room) I walked into the yoga room and immediately started sweating. Sad thing is....I'm not kidding. We hadn't even started yet!
The lights were out and the room was quiet so I laid down and got "focused". Except I wasn't really focusing...I was just trying to get used to all the heat and talk myself into staying for the class because I was already hot!
An hour and half, and 10 tons of sweat later, the class was finished. I have never sweat so much in my life....I was sweating from places from my body that I didn't even know existed. After gathering up my things and making my trip to my car, I felt AWESOME!! I found myself feeling energetic, stretched, lengthened, and cleansed. I am so so SO looking forward to taking another class on Friday. It was definitely tough but I never stopped and I was proud that I just kept pushing myself.
If there is a Bikram Yoga place near you....you MUST try it. Enjoy the pics below....I thought I was pretty flexible until I saw this guy. Haha :)