Let me begin by saying I am not flexible, spiritually centered, coordinated or graceful. I am used to getting down and dirty in a Spin studio and running long distances. Therefore when I began this project I made it my mission to reach out of my comfort zone and try new things. Bikram yoga was just the trend that would allow me to increase my flexibility, strength and willpower. And I thought I sweat in Spin…
Walking into my first “hot yoga” class I thought I was prepared; water bottle, yoga mat, and towel. Going through my head were thoughts like, “You went to school in Florida, you LOVE the heat”, “You can run 13mi, you can do this”, and “You sweat in Spin, no biggie.” Sure I sweat in Spin, a few beads run down my face every few minutes and my arms and chest become damp and glistening. After 90 minutes in Bikram, someone could have mistaken me for just getting out of the shower.
When I decided to include yoga in my new ventures, I wanted to go full throttle and really immerse myself in the practice. For three weeks, I have gone anywhere from 4-6 times a week. By no means was this easy! Dedicating 90 minutes of your day (which is really more like 2-3hrs if you include commute and showering) is no simple task. For me, it was also very hard to motivate myself to go. Once I was there I was fine, and after the class I was extremely satisfied with my commitment to the program.
The first class was miserable. I was dehydrated, tired, nauseous, dizzy and lightheaded. I had to come down to my mat about 6 times just so I didn’t pass out. This didn’t deter me from coming back though. They say to make it back within 24hrs of completing your first class; this is exactly what I did. And let me tell you, my body was ready for round 2.