Bikram (HOT) Yoga is good for the soul…
I bought a Groupon for the Bikram Yoga studio in Summerlin. $25 for 25 classes. It was a steal!
My sister goes to this studio so it was a safe way to try hot yoga again. I had taken hot yoga (I don’t believe it was a branded Bikram studio) several years ago when I lived in Dallas. I’m not sure why but for some reason I really liked it. Even though you literally leave the class soaking wet in your own sweat.
My first class was on Sunday, November 30. Yep the Sunday before my breakup. Little did I know that it was a perfect time to start Bikram Yoga. I survived the first class. Since I had done Hot Yoga before I was familiar with most of the poses and I knew what to expect. Meaning that the room would be 100+ degrees and extremely humid.
Here’s a little more info on Bikram Yoga. I grabbed this text from the Bikram Yoga Summerlin’s website.
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga is a series of 26 postures, and 2 breathing exercises taught in a 90 minute class designed for all levels.
Each pose is a challenge based on one’s personal abilities. The postures are done in a safe environment of a heated room. The room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles and allow you to work deeper and safer. The heat also heals, helps prevent injuries and promotes sweating which flushes toxins from your body. By the end of class, each individual will have worked ever muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ and gland while systematically moving oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.
Ideal temperature for this yoga is 105° F with 40% Humidity. This is a true “Hatha” yoga. A 90 minute moving meditation.
As you increase strength, flexibility, and balance in your body, you will be eliminating conditions of stress produced by fast paced lifestyles.
The Bikram method was developed by Bikram Choudhury, founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India located in Los Angeles, California.
I attended several more classes that week as I faced the end of my relationship. The great thing about Bikram Yoga is that it gets you out of your own head. The only thing you have room for in your thoughts is the affects of the heat and humidity and focusing on holding each pose.
As the class first begins, besides the immense heat and humidity, I always notice that first bead of sweat that runs down my spine all the way to my crack (yep you know the crack I’m talking about), there’s also the sweat on my face that runs into my eyes and blurs my vision, and there’s the fight or flight response that I have as a result of the heat and humidity.
The first half of the class is standing which includes several poses that challenge your ability to balance. The balancing poses require an exceptional amount of concentration and focus. There’s no time to be thinking… coulda, shoulda, woulda about anything… a breakup… work… an argument you had… the endless problems facing you in real life… It’s just you, the heat, the humidity, and holding the pose.
I’ve found Bikram Yoga to be very therapeutic the last five weeks. It’s also extremely challenging…mentally and physically. I’ve incorporated my own personal mantra that I run through in my head during the Dead Body Pose (Savasana) and it goes like this… “I am strong, I am beautiful, I am love”. A friend also recommended… “I release” (exhale) “I let go”. Bikram Yoga provides a perfect time to hit the reset button and focus on your own personal intentions.
The obvious question is… what will I do when my Groupon classes run out? Well… Bikram Yoga is not cheap. A year membership at a studio with unlimited classes can cost close to $1K or you can purchase blocks of classes for around $10-15 per class depending on how many classes you purchase at a time.
I know – I know! You can’t put a price on your health and in this case both your physical and mental health. But I’m unemployed so I need to be smart about how I spend my money. I’m hoping I can continue to purchase Groupons for studios around the valley until my ship comes in.
Until later… Namaste… Kathi