Prior to finally yielding to Sabrina‘s invite to a Bikram Yoga class with her, the idea of withstanding even a minute inside a sauna NOT entangled in a Yoga pose frightened, intimidated, and just wasn’t me. BUT, like mama always says…don’t knock it ’til you try it.
According to Bikram Yoga (dot) com,
Bikram Yoga is the 26 postures Sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga. It has been proved and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function. Each component takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one, and extending its benefits.
Bikram Yoga can be practiced under the guidance of a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher at one of the affiliated Bikram Yoga studios.
These studios are built in such a way that you always get the proper heating (104F) which help you to do your postures optimally. Bikram calls these studios as “Torture Chambers”.
UHHHHH seriously…at least they ADMIT it is torture! LOL! Anyway, last month, I went to my first Bikram class with Sabrina. This month…I AM HOOKED. I decided that I will do Bikram Yoga at least ONCE a week. I feel it is extrememly beneficial not only to my physical body (strength and cleansing) but moreso even for my “metal body.”
Proof of physical benefits...LOL!
Bikram Yoga teaches me that if I can “sweat it out” inside the sauna-like studio for a FULL hour and half, then I can do almost anything. It makes the rest of my week seem WAY easier. Bikram gives me a struggle that when faced and conquered, makes me feel strong, warrior-like and proud. It gives me something to compare other struggles to in my life, and the recognition that I AM ABLE to get through anything. I always try to wear my Bondi Band to remind myself, ”I can and I will” which I focus on in the front mirror while in-class (unlike other forms of yoga, you are encouraged to stare in the mirror).
Now, this does not mean at all that I would give up my allegiance to other froms of excercize (aka running, Cybex, etc) or even other forms of Yoga (I still love my Friday night Jivamukti Yoga Vinyasa Flow class at Shanti Yoga Shala). These will ALL remain a part of my “body/mind wellness” routine. Now, I have just integrated another “realm.” And that it is, my friends. Do you do Bikram? What do you think of it? Would you be willing to try if you haven’t yet done so? Do tell!
PS: In my search to provide you with Bikram information, I came across “The Yoga Cup,” an international Yoga Asana championship…REALLY? ALL of my instructors have ALWAYS told me that there is NO place for competition on your mat except for with yourself…hmmmm this is interesting- Check it out!