You’ll recall that I started yoga at the beginning of 2014 with a five week beginner’s course. It was a phenomenal course that really set the groundwork of learning the postures and how to do them correctly. I managed almost a full year of yoga at least once a week before work “got in the way”… (Read: the pace at work was so hectic that by the time I got home I wanted nothing more than to lounge on the couch.) And then last year ran away with me again – work was insane, but so was life in general; buying a house, overseeing and managing renovations, moving in, making it a home… But last night I started again!
It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, and you’re never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again.
– Bikram Choudhury
I found a studio right down the road from home and thought how convenient it’d be. I thought how fantastic it’d be because I could still choose to do Vinyasa Yoga. I also thought that I could totally walk down, do a class, and walk back home. Uhm…yeah… The convenience part, completely, 100% correct. Some of the other parts, NO!
I had chosen a Tuesday session as this was listed as a 60 minute Vinyasa class. So there I was, nervous about getting back into it, nervous about whether I’d like the instructor, wondering whether I’d be squished into a corner because of too many people, or worse ending up being the only one… That should have been the least of my worries! Imagine my surprise at arriving and being told the normal instructor couldn’t make it and we would be doing a Bikram class instead!
Cue the scary movie music just as the virgin is running up the stairs and the killer is on the loose behind her… Dum dum dum!
You see, I recall my one and only Bikram class. The class where it was so hot and my blood pressure was so low that I felt faint with every breath I took. The heat was unbearable. And I definitely did not enjoy the feeling of sweat trickling down my body.
I was ready to feign a family emergency and get the hell out of there but the responsible part of me stayed (I didn’t want to forfeit the class fee I’d already paid). 😆
The first few minutes were great. The temperature was pleasant and we’d started off easy with some breathing exercises and light stretches. And then it turned ugly! The poses weren’t too difficult or ones I hadn’t done before, but the heat! Sheesh! The sweat started pouring from me! I swear if someone had mopped it up they’d be able to replenish all the dams and quench the nation’s drought. I was sweating from places I didn’t even know existed! Gross, but true!
It was only at the end of the class that the instructor mentioned that he’d taken it easy with us and given us a “light” Bikram class. If that’s the case, I don’t know whether I’d survive a normal 90 minute class.
To be honest though, I actually thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Yes, the room wasn’t as hot as a normal Bikram studio. And yes, the class was only 60 minutes. But I managed to get through the whole class without needing to catch my breath, rid myself of feeling faint, or dying of embarrassment when I noticed the sweat patches growing on my shirt and pants. (Remind me never to wear light-coloured pants if I do this again.)
If you’re interested in some of the poses we did, take a look below.
I do plan to attend the studio again this week and hopefully I will get to try a Vinyasa class. Maybe once I regain the feeling in my legs I will consider walking to and from class. And maybe I will challenge myself to a Bikram class once a week! After all, sweat is just fat crying…