Bend it Like Bikram: My 30-Day Makeover Using Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga: My 30 day makeover
I found out about Bikram yoga through a friend that actually taught Bikram Yoga in Atlanta. Three key words told me that this class was for me: challenging, yoga, and HOT!!!! I was immediately sold, she had me at HOT. That discussion was over 2 years ago.
Fast forward to this week. I have been wanting to try bikram yoga since that conversation over 2 years ago and have done alot of research, search hundreds of blog and looked at hundreds of images but never actually attended the class. I turned 38 years old on Wednesday, Jan 4 and decided that this year would be different. I will no longer talk about how much I want to attend that class, I will attend the class!
DAY1: Friday, Jan 6 2012
Class at 9:15am.
I was the first person to class. I signed up for my $25 unlimited yoga promo week, got the tour and proceeded to take off my outside clothes, place them in a cubby and head to class to find my spot. Newbies in the back (love that!) I definitely did not want to be in the front!
Stepping into the room for the first time is not as excruciating as anticipated. I love heat so to me its comfortably warm. After about 15 to 20 minutes of watching people shuffle in to reserve their space and then go and take off their outerwear, I make mental notes of peoples routines and now the instructor walks in…its time to get started!
Funny…I found myself getting ready mentally like I was about to crank out leg day in the gym with my trainer. menatally I know im in for a hell of a work out and im preparing myself mentally…
But this workout is not leg day. “It’s yoga, calm down and relax!”
Ok so we begin with the first pose and continue through all of the poses where you stand up. I would say about half way through the practice is when the heat really hit me. I found myself exhausted and gasping for air that was just NOT coming fast enough, and I felt nausious. I had to stop and listen to my body. So literally, I stopped put my hands on my hips and concentrated on slowing down my breathing and NOT passing out. It was important to me that I recognize that this was my first class and that it was more important to go slow and learn than to try and keep up. first lesson learned, listen to your body and stay in your pace.
Shortly after that experience it was time to hit the ground for our first shavasana. Thank you GOD for the floor poses! I thought it would be much easier, it was not. But it was less difficult, I will say that.
After the floor poses we were finally done. I thought the class was long, but I think that is like when you are going to a new place for the first time and you think it takes a long time to get there, but the reality is, the distance is unknown for the first time so it may seem longer than it actually is.
As many of the other students did, I immediately got up, grabbed my mat, got dressed and got in my car to head home. After being in the car for about 5 minutes, I realized, I should have stayed on the mat for about ten minutes before getting up. Because I felt euphoric and a bit out of it. …like…did I just run through a red light…was that light red or green that I just passed? Second lesson learned: sit for about 7 minutes before getting up to leave the class and go home. There is no rush.
I got home and immediately removed my clothes which were totally soaked through and put them in the wash. Took a shower and ate my Steel cut oats with apples and cinnamon for breakfast. I needed that.
Throughout the rest of the day, I felt so proud of myself for actually GOING to the class and not leaving the class. I loved it more with every moment of accomplishment that I felt. I will tell you this though, I felt So tired after class. I was literally exhausted for the rest of the day. I went online to find that that was normal and many people felt like that.
I am so excited to go back tomorrow and do it all over again. But I think I will go later in the day on saturday because I just dont have it in me to get up at 7am on a saturday for an 8am class. Important to note: I am feeling soreness in my joints…thought that was strange…expected when lifting weights and doing strenuous workouts with weights but not yoga. Looked it up online and found that is normal as well due to my working out all of the muscles in my body.
There is a calm within me that I am noticing.