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’. After 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?