Bikram Yoga and Me

A friend of mine has invited me to Bikram (hot) yoga for a straight year. Persistently. But me being as lazy as a toad,  have yet to make it to the studio. I’ve promised and promised and promised again but I’ve never made it to a single session. I hear it’s a blast. Well, eventually it becomes a blast. Plus the benefits, I have been told, are plentiful. This past week I finally decided it’s about time to do it. So this morning at ten thirty I will be sweating out my toxins. Go me!

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I’m nervous about it seeing as I’ve never been to yoga let alone in a hot room. I’ve seen it on TV where those yogans stretch and pose so effortlessly. Knowing my flexibility or lack there of, you can be sure that won’t be the case for me. One of my coworkers calls me a ‘fat-thin-person’ thanks to my not so healthy feeding habits and my nonexistent workout regime. When she first said it I laughed. It’s a better description than I could ever come up with. Apparently I need to change my ways. I’ll have you know however that last Sunday I was at the gym. I worked out for an hour and felt fabulous for the next few days. Come to think of it, perhaps I’m gradually changing my lifestyle. I don’t know, I won’t jinx it. I am a strong believer of one day at a time. I have been reading a lot about the changes that take place in life between age twenty and thirty. That may be an influencing factor. Who knows? We’ll have to see how it goes.
Some of the benefits of Bikram yoga include:

  1. Flushes out toxins
  2. Elevates heart rate causing the body to work harder
  3. Focuses the mind which helps with concentration
  4. Improves breathing

So these are my baby steps towards a healthier life style-assuming I come out alive. I won’t make any promises to keep this going. But the fact that I’ve cleared my schedule, packed up my gym bag and now I’m faithfully drinking a litre of water as per the tips from the studio’s website, I’m doing this. I’m psyched. Psyched and nervous but I’m coming hot yoga!
Have you been to Bikram yoga? Or regular yoga? What was your experience? Did your yoga experience live up to its praises? Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear your stories.

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2 thoughts on “Bikram Yoga and Me”

  1. I never thought I would be a yoga lover as I have always been an athlete who preferred to do fast fitness. But a knee injury encouraged me to try it out and now I love it. I wouldn’t call myself a regular because I generally go through phases. There are too many activities I love to do so yoga isn’t my “one thing” but I will say that ever so often I get a craving for it. An itch. And I can’t wait to get back in the studio. Enjoy!

    1. It was a great experience. I am going back next Sunday (I’m surprised at myself). It was intense but somehow also relaxing. The one thing that I did not think about until after I was done was the sweating. Yikes! Apparently my face can sweat too ha ha. I enjoyed myself and now I really need a nap. Thanks Vanessa.

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