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UncategorizedAnna Keller4 Comments

 

yesterday I went to my first ever Bikram Yoga class.  I've been doing plenty of other types of yoga for years, but I had never dared to enter a 105* room with a bunch of near naked strangers before.  I had a Groupon for 10 classes for $40, and I figured that it would be a good idea to go when I wasn't hungover.  since I stayed in and worked on a paper while all of my friends got shit-tastic at an ugly sweater party, I was able to wake up at 7 am and make my way to the Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh studio in the Strip District.

90 minutes later, I was slick with sweat, thirsty as hell, and feeling pretty good (at least better than my morning-drunk friends).

some thoughts:

  • the preparation:  I had my bag packed and ready to go the night before, and while they recommend not eating for 2 hours before class, I woke up and ate a piece of toast with peanut butter just an hour before class.  I'm really glad I did.  I'm the kind of person who NEEDS a hearty breakfast as soon as I wake up, and I found myself getting hungry in the middle of the class.
  • the studio: I did like this particular studio.  they made a point of remembering that it was my first time doing Bikram and constantly commented on how I was doing and if I needed to make any adjustments.  the 8 am Saturday morning class was pretty popular, too, and I'm not sure if it would've been any better with a little more room to move around.
  • the heat:  I actually found the heat really manageable.  maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am the coldest person alive with really bad circulation, but other than all of the sweat, I liked being in such a hot and humid room.  plus, going outside into the 20* morning felt AMAZING.
  • the poses:  while Bikram is very similar to other types of yoga, it has 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises.  I'm not sure if I like this.  I could see it becoming really routine and boring after a few classes.  or maybe not.  maybe you'd just get really good at the poses and move to a higher state of mental being.  or something.
  • the mental bit:  in my yoga practice, I have really started to appreciate the mental break and inspirational thinking that often takes place during a class.  I love it when a teacher starts class with a meditation on some wonderful topic and it really takes my yoga high to another level.  this was completely lacking in Bikram, and while we all gave a big fat Namaste at the end, I found all I was thinking about was how slippery my feet were.  maybe that's a good thing, but I didn't leave feeling like my soul was any more nourished than it had been when I arrived.
  • overall:  I liked it.  it was a good phyiscal workout without feeling too intense.  I was starving by the time I got home, too, and not eating a normal breakfast really threw off my whole day.  I feel like I ate 6 meals, but I was probably more dehydrated than starving.  sweating that much felt wonderful, and I feel like I've gotten all of the beer and cheap wine from the last month completely out of my system.

would I go back?

absolutely.

have you ever tried Bikram yoga?  what are your thoughts on the matter?