Bikram Yoga Delivers
After more than a few years hiatus, I starting going to Bikram Yoga again – aka – “Hot Yoga”. This is a Yoga practice consisting of 26 poses in a room heated to 104 degrees. I stopped going the last time after a few classes because my life became so hectic, I told myself I didn’t have time to breathe, let alone breathe in a hot room for 90 minutes!
It is with intention that I say this is what I told myself – the fact is, for whatever reason, I chose not to make the time to go. It’s a challenging class, and I’m a neophyte, if that. It wasn’t the challenge that pushed me away – it was my thinking. I felt I would be too stressed by trying to cram one more thing into my already crazy life instead of seeing it as an opportunity for release from the stress of my hectic life…
I just finished five consecutive days of Bikram yoga. It was intense, and a great challenge to further develop the mind-body connection. My goal the first day was not to pass out or throw up. 🙂 If you take small steps, it’s more manageable. The instructor helped me with more than yoga – my confession is that auditory learning is the most challenging for me – I’m a very visual and kinesthetic learner. Lesson one, was to slow down, focus, and really listen. It was tough trying to meld my body into positions it hadn’t been in for some time and even tougher to listen for adjustment cues while holding my balance. But I did it. I got through all 26 poses, no breaks, no passing out and no throwing up. And I went back every day, and improved a bit each day, and I feel amazing for doing it.
Each instructor was different, although the classes and poses are always the same. I learned something from each of them, and learned to be still, listen, and turn my mind off for a bit and enjoy every ounce of benefit this amazing and challenging practice brings into my life – and into the lives of those around me by virtue of my stillness. I’m looking forward to the next class.
What have you challenged yourself with recently?