I have a new passion in my life that I want to share with you. For about a month now (roughly, because I went on vacation a few weeks ago) I've been doing Bikram yoga. During the 90 minute workout, you stretch every muscle in your body and some you didn't know you had. The class is done in a 102-105 degree room, so you are so warmed up that you seldom feel sore afterwards. You sweat like crazy, but it's set up that way to purge the toxins from your body.
After I signed up for it, it took me a week to work up the nerve to go to a class. I read all the scary stuff about it online; about trying to just stay inside the room for the session, about feeling dizzy and nauseous from the heat, etc. etc. I went to the first class, got a place by the door (for a quick exit if needed) and made it through. I couldn't believe how much everyone was sweating; literally buckets! But I went back the next day and did it again.
I found this photo online and I loved the fact that it shows all levels of expertise. It can take years of practice to perfect the 26 poses we do. Personally, just when I think I am beginning to get it kind of right, the instructor comes by and quietly makes adjustments to my form. I am not very limber or flexible, but I can already feel my body changing.
Yeah, a big part of the series works on balancing, which takes practice....so much practice. The part that I love about the class is that there's no pressure. It is the opposite of competitive and everyone does the best that they can. They emphasize that, "this is your class and it's never too late to begin." We have some super yogis in class that must have been doing this all their lives. They are amazing and it's mind boggling to see how the human body can be contorted.
So, this is something good that's happening to me right now and I feel it spilling over into other areas of my life. I'm a little more patient, more focused and less stressed. I thought I would drop a ton of weight when I first began, but surprisingly that's not happening. Maybe it's the whole thing about "muscle weighs more than fat," or it could be because I am usually starving after class, so I'm eating more than usual. Anyway, I am hoping it all comes together, healthy body, healthy mind is the goal. Have a blessed day- Namaste