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Getting hot and sweaty (aka my first Bikram class)

If you are a runner you cannot get over or around the fact that you need to stretch. I stretch a bit after my runs and use various yoga apps at home when I feel I need a really good stretch, but – regular kind of yoga is a bit boring for me. It’s not extreme enough.

This week I’m having a rest week from running and Crossfit so today after swimming I went  to my first Bikram yoga class. I figured 90 minutes of stretching in 40°C heat would do my body good AND be extreme enough for me to be fun 🙂

The class started with some funny breathing exercises but then thankfully moved on to some balancing and stretching. To my surprise I didn’t pass out from the heat AND I knew most of the poses so didn’t look totally clueless.

Positives: getting my pores completely and totally cleaned out; feeling like my body got a good stretching session; finding out that the room doesn’t stink too much 🙂

Negatives: having to look at others in front of me as the instructor was not participating, only speaking a 100 miles/hour; having to watch myself in the mirror while wearing just a sports bra and short shorts I have bought 10 sessions so I will go back.

In a way I cannot imagine doing the same sequence of moves every single time, but who knows – maybe that’s the beauty of it – once you know the routine you have to think less and can just be ‘in the moment’. bikram2After the class I had a much-needed shower and since my water was all gone, I bought a coconut water from the reception. It was freezing cold and my taste buds were shocked at this temperature change and as a result didn’t even notice too much that coconut water tastes like bum. Walking home I felt like I had been in a very nice sauna and was now extremely clean 🙂

Have you tried Bikram? Do you do it regularly? Does the same sequence of moves not get boring?

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    October 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I did a 30 day challenge back in May/June this year and let me tell you – even though you do the same postures every time, every day is different. Some days are super hard, others a breeze. One day you love doing one posture and the next it is the most horrible experience ever. I found it challenging but I kind of miss since I stopped after a month!

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      October 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

      I have been 3 times so far and every time has indeed been different. About half way through I usually think how darn long it is but I keep going back for more.

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    Metropolitan Mum
    October 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I need to finally get my bum around to do it. Though really have a problem doing sports in underwear…

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    October 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Well, it sounds like it went well! I don’t know why, but I keep coming back to Bikram yoga. It just works for me, I suppose.
    You seem to be already good at the poses -I am not. That said, the deeper you work, the more positive you become. I think I love it!

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