I went to my second Bikram Yoga class last night! Have you heard of Bikram Yoga? My friend, Liz, is an instructor here in the London area, and she encouraged me to try a class.
This type of yoga is done in a heated room with 40% humidity, which is supposed to make you more flexible and less likely to injure yourself. You begin to sweat the minute you walk into the room, and by the time you have done a few poses, the sweat is running down your legs and dripping from your fingers. At times, it felt like all I could do just to stay in the room, and yet – when class was over and I had cooled down – I felt wonderful.
At the first class, I felt pretty out-of-place. I didn’t bring any exercise clothing on the trip, so I was doing hot yoga in long stretchy pants and a t-shirt. Needless to say, everyone else was wearing as little as possible. I went out the very next day and got some stretchy shorts so that I was more appropriately dressed for my next class.
When you first start, they tell you that you should just do as much as you can, as well as you can, but that the most important things you can do are breathe through your nose and stay in the room. Apparently by the third or fourth class your body acclimates to the temperature and you are able to concentrate on the postures a bit more.
The experience has been fascinating. I generally dread exercise, yet after each class I have been all fired up about getting back to the next one. I can’t wait to see what the next couple of weeks of classes feel like!
Q said that this can be “my thing” on the trip, so just as David tries to play board games in each new city, I can try to find a Bikram Yoga class. Sounds good to me! I’ve started searching online to see where classes are in the Portland area as well.
I’m grateful! for blueberries. Dang, I love those things.