Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bikram yoga

Tonight, I tried yoga for the first time ever. Not just any yoga, but Bikram yoga. This is Wikipedia's description of it:
Bikram's classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 40.6°C with a humidity of 40%, and is the most popular form of hot yoga (a series of yoga poses done in a heated room).
 


Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Koby Bryant and Madonna are all doing it. So I had to try it out of course. My friend who introduced it to me absolutely loves it and does it almost every day of the week, twice a day (I have so much respect for that!). 

Beforehand, I had to drink lots and lots of water because in the next hour and a half, I would be sweating a lot. I went into the room with a minimum of clothes (shorts and top. Some women only wore a bra and hot pants and men only wore shorts) because the clothes would get all sweaty anyway. We all got a clean yoga mat, our own towel and a big bottle of water. After getting used to the heat, we got started. 

The instructor was talking pretty fast and she was simply describing the postures we had to do, so concentration was key. We went through every postures and repeated it a few times. The postures were sometimes hard and sometimes easy. The focus was mainly on breathing and stretching. Time went by really quickly, which was good because that meant that it wasn't boring:). I know it sounds gross, but I was constantly wiping the sweat off my face and body. It was like being in a sauna for 1.5 hours: I have never sweated so much in my life.

Now, I feel completely detoxed from all the city dirt that was on my skin; it feels amazing. The yoga itself was not too hard, and not as 'spiritual' as some other forms of yoga are, which I liked. I think tomorrow I will have some sore muscles though, I'll let you know how bad it is. I'll probably start doing this once a week now, because I feel like it's good for my health. If you want to try it out too, here's where I did it: http://www.sohotbikramyoga.co.uk/.

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