Bikram style Hatha Yoga, ideal for the beginner as well as the seasoned
practitioner, is a demanding, dynamic, and exhilarating routine of 26 strengthening and toning postures (asanas) practiced in the detoxifying calm of a heated studio. This allows you to work deep into muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and organs of every cell of the body, to change from the inside out. Bikram Yoga is a process that can reduce the symptoms of many injuries and chronic diseases, as well as being an excellent preventative activity. In time, you learn to focus your mind and control your breath, leading you to work harder, deeper, and yet calmer. Bikram Yoga increases flexibility, improves circulation, and reduces stress, to provide an infinite number of benefits. The more you put into your class, the more you will get out of it.
As for my first class, I must say that I was a bit challenged. Many of the exercises I could do or at least try, but there were some that had me looking like "HOW DID THEY DO THAT?" The instructor informed me at the beginning of class that if I needed to take a break that was fine. The goal was to try if possible, watch others for help, and listen to my body. The room was 105 degrees, so walking in I instantly started sweating. It's best to be well hydrated and I wasn't. All day I was afraid that I might vomit in class so I kind of limited my food and drink intake all day......next time I know better.
The class was 90 minutes long and we worked the ENTIRE time! Yeah we had a few water breaks, but they were only 30 seconds each. I was doing okay with the heat until the last 30 minutes. Those last 30 minutes felt like they were the LONGEST 30 mins of my life!!!!! I literally felt like my body was on FIRE! Within that time the instructor was nice enough to open the door to let some air in for a minute - WHAT A RELIEF! After the class was done, I didn't want to move LOL! I was exhausted; barely enough energy to drive home. I made it though......FOXXY made it through her first Bikram Yoga class and it's not the last!
Overall I really enjoyed the class and I'll be headed back next sunday. I'll be better prepared next week with at least 2 liters of water intake before class and I'll be wearing shorts instead of leggings!
Hot Yoga for Hot Foxxy,