Let’s chat about Bikram, mmmkay? This will be a hodgepodge of facts and personal commentary based on my thoughts of Bikram. Read on if you’re interested
- Bikram is a 90 minute yoga class performed in a hot room that is between 104 and 110 degrees .
- Hot yoga is not the same as Bikram. Why? In order to call it Bikram, the instructors and the studio have to be appropriately certified. This takes mucho dinero and time to take the course, taught by Bikram himself.
- Bikram is best done naked. Okay, no, but with very, very little clothes on. I’m talking your tiniest shorts and your most breathable sports bra. Yep, that’s it. Loose clothes feel disgusting on you while doing Bikram (unlike regular yoga).
- You sweat. A lot. You will not be the sweatiest person in the room even if you are a sweaty workout beast like me.
- The sound of said sweat on the yoga mats often sounds like peeing. Do not laugh.
- Pregnant women do Bikram and if you let them, will make your Bikram dedication feel inferior especially when they are at 7 months.
- Men do Bikram too. And LIKE it!
- The Bikram studio smells like a funky mixture of sweat, old gym socks, ammonia, and mustiness. Appealing right? Oddly it’s comforting to me now.
- I’ve been doing Bikram for about 5 years and only go about 1 time per month due to the time commitment.
- A great instructor does make a difference in your practice.
- Never let your sweaty Bikram clothes mingle with your other clothes. When finished with Bikram and upon entering your house, strip immediately and place all your yoga-fied stuff in the washer STAT!
- Bikram is for beginners too!
- Often after 90 minutes and while I’m laying in my final savasana, I feel better and more relaxed than as if I just got a 90 minute massage.
- I envy the people that have the time and devotion to do “60-for-60″ (60 Bikrams in 60 days) and would like to try it someday.
- The average Bikram costs anywhere between $10 and $18 (I tend to buy package for 20 for $210 — $18 is the one time rate).
- If you are new to Bikram, most studios will allow you to go as many times as you like for 10 days for a flat rate (usually about $20).
- There are certain poses I hate and tend to drink my water during them so I can delay starting it…shh..hehe (airplane pose is one of them).
- My favorites poses are below (photo source):
After last night’s Yoga, packed to the brim, yoga mat touching yoga mat, I felt inspired to share my experience with you all. While Bikram may sound like your own personal vision of Hell, I assure you it’s not. It actually is the surest way to Zen, I’ve ever found
Have you tried Bikram? Will you?
30 Days of Insight: Day 23- Most awkward first impression you feel you’ve ever given. Hmmm, all my most recent first impressions seem to be business-related and usually I have my game-face on for that If I can think of something good, I’ll post back!
What do you think is the most important and lasting part of a first impression?
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