A friend introduced me to Bikram Yoga back in December. I had no idea what I was in for. I walked into the smelly studio, found a place on the floor and was ready for a typical yoga experience: a lot of stretching, breathing and meditating. But as soon as the heaters came on and every place on my body, including my fingernails were sweating, I knew that this was no ordinary yoga experience.
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class runs approximately 90 minutes, incorporates a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F with a humidity of 40%.
The heat accelerates the rate of change within the body, improves circulation, helps to eliminate toxins, and significantly reduces the risk of injury during stretching. No special equipment, propose or clothing is required. It gets so hot that by the end of class you will wish you were completely naked! Honestly, my first 2 classes I had to stop and breath for a while because I began to feel nauseous and dizzy. It’s recommended that you don’t eat right before class but if you must a banana or nuts will suffice.
Bikram allows you to sweat in places you never new that you could allowing you to release all of the impurities in your skin and release any negative energy in your body. You train your mind, body and spirit in the room in order to train it out there in the world. It really has been a life changing experience for me and a challenge that I enjoy as often as I can.
You can find a great studio by clicking here. Please check it out and take a class. I guarantee that it will make you stronger, healthier and more relaxed (and I know that we all need a little bit of that).