Wednesday, March 21, 2012

#11 Take a Bikram Yoga

I can't believe that I'm in the home stretch of turning 24. Weird, right? Not that I'm complaining because I love my birthday and the warm weather it brings. So on Sunday afternoon, I crossed #11 off my 24 Before 24 list. I had purchased a GroupOn for YogaSouls. They offer several hot yoga variation classes, and after a double workout (boot camp and 13 miles) on Saturday, I was feeling pretty sore.

Off to yoga I went...

Even though the instructor asked if anyone was new, I kept my mouth shut and didn't miss a beat throughout the class. She gave little speeches to reassure us that if we fell out of a position, then it didn't mean we were failures. It takes great strength to keep our focus and go right back for the position. So with that in mind, I didn't feel discouraged when I lost my balance. I just kept going!

I didn't sweat as profusely as I thought I would, but I did sweat a lot. And I stretched and moved and balanced in ways that I didn't think were possible. The afterglow was immediate. Already, I felt my muscles relaxed and my mind at ease, ready to start a new week. If you're a runner, I highly recommend this form of yoga because you sweat like when you run, but you stretch (and do a little strength training and balance coordination) for over an hour and a half.

Have you ever taken a hot yoga class? I had taken a vinyasa hot yoga class, but I definitely think I like the bikram version better. Good thing I can still take 4 more classes!
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22 comments:

Morgan Neal said...

That sounds amazing.

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

Isn't it a heck of a class?!

I just love the feeling after you've completed Bikram yoga. So glad you got to try it!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

First of all - I need to hop on the Groupon thing!
I always hear about such great deals.

And I also keep hearing about this hot yoga...it kinda scares me lol.

I like cool? yoga...guess I need to branch out!

Happy Wednesday!
xo

amy b.s. said...

i have always wanted to do this! how cool!

Kristin said...

I never admit to being new! My gym offers that class, so maybe I'll check it out this weekend.

J and A said...

I love hot yoga! I always feel so good afterwards! And ready for a nap all at the same time.

HayleyKiah @Classy In KC said...

I've never taken any yoga classes but this one sure does sound interesting. I have zero balance so maybe trying out yoga will help me get some!
PS. You are almost half way through your 24 before 24 congratulations!

sherri lynn said...

Wow this sounds amazing! I've never tried hot yoga before. I think I would suck at the balance but it would probably be really good for me.

The Sweet Life said...

I love yoga, but I've never taken hot yoga. I don't know of anywhere around me tht offers it. I'm now on a mission to find it though! Sounds amazing!!!

The Sweet Life said...

I love yoga, but I've never taken hot yoga. I don't know of anywhere around me tht offers it. I'm now on a mission to find it though! Sounds amazing!!!

Peachy Keen said...

I've never been brave enough to try hot yoga but you make it sound enticing enough that I might just need to check it out. Glad it was just what you needed!

Miss Southern Prep said...

I've been DYING to take a hot yoga class! I'm thinking I'll take one over the summer when I have more time, but I can't wait!

poptartyogini said...

I've never been to Bikram yoga. I don't have a studio near me that offers it. I'm glad you had a good experience I've heard of some questionable teaching practices. I always feel better in class when teachers understand that we are human and welcome mistakes. Good groupon!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

I've never been to a Bikram yoga class. I've heard it's more intense, is that right? I've always been a fan of Vinyasa myself.

iris said...

I prefer "warm" yoga, because hot yoga makes me lightheaded and pass out. Any school that supports Baptiste-style power yoga tends to be pretty awesome. I like yoga as a work out.

Natalie said...

I have never taken any yoga class but maybe after baby #2 I will think about it. Good job for making another item off your list!

Ruthie Hart said...

I've never taken hot yoga and can barely get through my 30 min yoga dvd!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

I tried Bikram one time, it was a GREAT sweat!! And I was more sore than I had expected the next day :)

christine donee said...

I'm a scaredy cat. it's true.

DWei said...

That's pretty intense, I don't think I could do this. :P

Nathan said...

My girlfriend took yoga for a while. Apparently she really enjoyed it.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

i've wanted to but never had...maybe something to add to my list!