Are you a yogi (i.e. a yoga-practicer?)
What type do you like… I know and have attended a few types of classes. They include yoga for athletes, hatha, bikram, p90x (is that a type?) and probably a few others that I didn’t catch the name of.
I’ll be the first to admit, upon trying yoga for the first time I absolutely did not see what the hype was about. I think my first time was about 6 years ago. But the more classes I went to, the more I started to really enjoy it. I no longer participated in the classes thinking to myself “this is a bunch of weird, crazy people that I will never understand”. I get why people become obsessed with yoga, and almost choose it as a way of life or substitute-religion. And yoga seems to be especially popular with people who aren’t religious, and just like have some elements of spirituality in their lives.
Bikram yoga, which I did earlier today, is also called “hot yoga”. You practice it in a room that’s 106 degrees normally and it has a limited number of poses.The point on Bikram is to focus on the alignment of the human body. It was different from the sports yoga classes that I’ve done, in that it’s no AS physically demanding. That being said, I couldn’t tell if I was working really hard in Bikram because I was soaked in sweat from the moment I entered the room.
I’m not totally convinced that Bikram is the right yoga for me. I found it hard to breathe in such intense humidity ( it’s 40% humidity in the studio rooms normally) and I think the heat interferes with my level of enjoyment a bit. I like fresh, cool air. Not so much hot, smelly, stuffy air.
This all being said, it’s a great workout – and a good yoga type for beginners.
The studio is on Belmont Drive and is called “Bikram Yoga” . Click on it to check out their website. The promotion that they have on now is 30$ for 2 weeks unlimited so I decided to go that route instead of 17$ per class (expensive, eh ?). The challenge for me now is to get back to Bikram at least 6 times over the next couple of weeks – to see how I feel after doing it a few more times.
If you’re curious now: click here to check out a basic youtube video that explains it all.
For now, I’m eating and drinking (waaterrrrr) in order to recover from a hot and sweaty 90 minute workout! Check it out and let me know what you think.
Have you ever done Bikram Yoga?
What are your thoughts on the “Yoga Culture”?