I recently joined a gym that is more like a spa that also gave me 3 hours of babysitting and the place offered hot yoga class. I get to try it for free for 2 weeks, so today I decided to take advantage. Most of the time bikram yoga is done at a specialty yoga studio because it requires 105 degree heat and 40% humidity, so it tends to be more expensive. The last time I tried Bikram yoga was definitely before I got married, and before I had my babies. It was about 10 years ago while I still lived in the city. I remembered it being an intense experience, but I didn’t go because there were too many guys in speedos in that class.
The class is 90 minutes long, which can be a bit intimidating. I was lucky because the teacher was super nice and welcoming. She also gave me a few tips about how to get the most out of my yoga session:
1. No water for the first 30 minutes.
2. Use the towels.
3. Breath through your nose. I had a surprisingly hard time with this as I kept exhaling out of my mouth as I have been previously taught to do.
The first 30 minutes was the toughest. Once the blood gets flowing and I was able to hydrate in between poses, I felt more comfortable even in difficult poses that I would lose balance or unable to hold onto. I very much enjoyed my session and was very comfortable as the class was very small and had only females.
After 90 minutes, I felt very good and didn’t feel a need to go to the steam room.
My husband complimented my skin after he got home for dinner.