Does Going to a Yoga Class Make You a Yogi?
After deciding to embark on my '108 Yoga Classes' journey, the first Google search came back with the Bikram yoga studio in the town where I live. Although all yoga exercise obviously derives from hatha and the principles to practice are the same, the styles and variations to the application of practice will be completely different.
Practising the most ancient form of yoga exercises in Ashtanga, I've deemed Bikram previously as being a little 'faddish' and certainly very commercial. Judgemental? me? no!
No expectations I said.
I was delighted to see that the once Bikram pilates studio room had expanded it's practices to incorporate 'Urban Yoga exercise' which includes a whole range of other designs. The differentiation becoming either 'hot' or 'cold' yoga and fitness. I don't think I would ever have thought about any health practice getting chilly. Although warm definitely describes Bikram (I could believe of additional words actually) any yoga is meant to be practiced in a fairly warm room and undoubtedly never a cold one.
I decided this would give me a path upon which to start towards my goal of attending 108 Yoga exercises Classes. I signed up for a 30 day trial and eagerly booked myself in for a '26/2 Hot Pilates'. I already knew that the basis of Bikram (apart from practising in intense heat!) is made up of 26 postures. I assumed this meant (and I was right, now wishing I was wrong) practising them twice.
I arrived early for my 1st evening class so that I could find out where everything was before starting. The owner of the studio was around and took me on quick tour and told me a small bit more about Bikram. We talked about Ashtanga and the differences to expect in the Bikram practice. She felt the postures wouldn't become challenging to me, but the heat would. As we stepped across a doorway towards one of the sizzling rooms I was immediately met with a blanket of moist warmth. That was through a closed door and I already experienced like my clothes were sticking to me. My mad curly hair, still down at this point, started to feel much like a blanket encased around my head. The owner stood chatting happily, drinking popular tea I might add, while I began wondering how I was going to make it through the practice if I sensed this uncomfortable standing outside the door! She assured me the teacher would take good care of me and not to push myself in the postures too much; resting if I believed dizzy.
I hadn't taken the instructions I'd been given earlier in the day time lightly. I produced sure I experienced eaten a little even more than usual and got currently consumed almost 2 litres of water. I wasn't entirely sure how very much I was heading to sweat out but made the decision that would do it. I'd also used heed of the advice to wear as little as possible, opting for yoga shorts and a bra top. I scooped my unruly hair on best of my head in a tight bun and set back again off down the stairs armed with another bottle of water, my yoga mat, cotton mat to soak up the sweat and an extra towel.
As I walked through the door I was not as well surprised at the temperature that hit me. 42 degrees to end up being exact. Being really scorching always makes me feel unpleasant (avoid ask why I determined on Bikram) but maybe that's part of it, stepping out of your comfort zone? I mean here I was, venturing out of my yoga exercise solitude and joining a class, not really only in a different style of yoga exercises than I am used to but one that boils your blood and stings your eyeballs! Nice.
The owner acquired stated that it was much hotter at the back of the space, but that regular students went to the front, so to pick the middle row. Yoga I perform well with middle section ground - I picked a spot the far side of the area, arranged up my mat and lay down. I underestimated the high temperature. At initial I believed it was OK, but after a few minutes as the sweat started to trickle down my face and my lips became dry, I wondered how the hell you were designed to in fact move. .