Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bikram Yoga

I love finding new ways of working out. I think its important not to get stuck in a rut and always enjoy your exercise!! BikramYoga Boston was having a special-$20 for 10 days, Unlimited, for new students so I signed right up! (and dragged my roommate along for the ride) I have done Hot Power Yoga before, but more of a Vinyasa Flow series, rather than Bikram which is much more structured and consistent. All Bikram classes are a series of twenty-six yoga postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees F or above. Class is 90 minutes and each posture is done twice; there is no variation. The deep stretches that you can obtain are amazing, since your muscles are literally, warmed up. The amount I sweat is unbelievable and quite disgusting. You are literally in a humid sauna doing intense yoga poses. Hydration is key. I've been drinking lots and lots of water-some of it with Nuun to replinish electrolytesThankfully it is a very accepting environment, and since everyone is sweating buckets, no one really cares. I went last night, after a very high energy day, and it was great. The class was crowded, we had a very clear instructor, and after the class it feels like any sort of toxins you had in your body have been flushed from your system. This morning I went again at 6:30am, so I was a little less alert at first, but surprisingly not sore from the previous night. After class I finally feel warm, which is so wonderful-the cold here cuts into your bones and never seems to leave. I hope to continue going until next Friday, when I leave Boston for Spring Break! Can not wait! I am enjoying my little pre-break exercise switch-up, but Bikram isn't for everyone. I highly recommend you try at least one class though!


Gina said...

What an awesome deal! Enjoy your week of Bikram!

Annabelle Ho said...

so nuun is basically a tablet w/ electroylytes that you dissolve in water and has a slight taste to it? where do you get it? never heard of it before! :)