Ok, so for the last two weeks I've taken a slight break from running and decided to give Bikram Yoga a try. Now before I give you my thoughts on the matter I wanted to share the following, a real Craigslist ad that was posted in Seattle. If you've never experienced hot yoga you may not find this as hilarious as I did...or you may not have sense of humor. :) Either way..
$1 Yoga mat for sale. Used once.
Yeah, so this pretty much sums up my experience. Kidding, only slightly. Maybe just the first 3 sessions. :) In all seriousness, I had no idea what I was in for! I have never taken any sort of yoga or hot yoga class before and had no clue how intense it really is! My tips for you if I haven't scared you off from the idea yet..
1. Drink tons of water in the days before! Proper hydration is necessary.
2. The less clothing, the better. No need for modesty.
3. Go makeup free cuz that sweat in your eyes mixed with makeup is painful!
4. Concentrate on your breathing. As a newbie there is a lot to take in...executing the pose, keeping your balance, sweat dripping in your eyes, room is spinning, you get the idea...but after the first few classes I found the more I focused on my breathing the better I did.
5. It's about 90% mental. Your body is completely uncomfortable and you will wanna quit but pushing through and completing each pose to the best of your ability is really gratifying. I guess that's kinda the appeal for me.
6. Bring a change of clothes! I've never sweat so much in my entire life!
Now that my trial period is up I won't be purchasing a membership. But that doesn't mean I hated it. I actually wouldn't be opposed to going once a week or so but I could never make it a regular routine. It just wasn't my cup of tea I guess. But it was a positive experience overall. I actually noticed my flexibility/poses improving after only the first week and all that sweating, it's like a facial for your skin! Plus, yoga gear is really cute. :)
So who wants to give it try!? No..?
Are you a fan of hot yoga? What has been your experience been like?