I shouldn’t have been surprised that it basically took a crane to get me into my last Bikram class. It was one of those days where I didn’t have much going on and the structure of my day was based on this class. So of course I messed up my timing and almost missed the class. As I was walking to the studio I realized I only had 5 min. before the class started. I could keep walking and go home, or pick up the pace and make the class.
I saw a girl ahead of me dart into the studio, and I soon followed. As I entered the class it was packed. Full. Mat to mat. Squish. My back-of-the-class spot was taken and the only spot left was in the front next to all the instructors. Well, I guess there was no better time to show my skills like the last class.
I set up my mat, laid down my towels and began. I was immediately proud of myself for making this commitment and coming to class. Because the class was so packed there was limited room around each mat. I was glad this wasn’t my first class or I might feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed. The guy next to me was either an instructor or seasoned professional because he seemed to know everyone in the class. I have found that it is mentally better for me to have someone of experience next to me. It makes me push myself harder and stay more focused.
As the class was coming to an end, I realized my growth in just 3 weeks. I attended 13 classes and was able to increase my flexibility, be more aware of my body and reach outside of my comfort zone. I highly recommend including yoga (in some format) into your workout routine. It will strengthen your body in different ways and constantly keep your muscles guessing.
As for me, I will continue to incorporate yoga in my weekly workouts. Whether it’s Bikram, well… I guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out.