105 degrees. Lots of sweaty bodies. Soaked towels. Bright lights. Loud breathing. Grunts…this is Bikram Yoga. In my three experiences with taking Bikram, I have been delighted to learn a lot about myself. Here are some things I have learned while sweating more than I ever have in any other exercise:
1). I really don’t like sweating that much.
2). I don’t breathe deep enough. When was the last time you took a nice long lung filling breath and intentionally forced all the negative air out?? (Just did…:0)
3). I am more flexible than I thought! I think sometimes people think they are not flexible when really, it’s a matter of patience and confidence. I have gotten into poses that I never thought I could!! Hello squatting on my toes!
4). I am a lot more self-conscious than I thought. Watching yourself move, breath, grunt, struggle and sweat for 90 minutes in only a sports bra and shorts can be very challenging. I found that I have the tendency to compare myself to everyone around me. Do you do that ever?
5). I don’t like being in 105 degree heat for that long!!
In case you were wanting to venture into the world of the sweaty, here are a few health benefits of the Bikram practice: