In my quest this year to find healing and to learn new ways to deal with stress I took a Bikram Yoga class last night. Bikram yoga is not like regular yoga. The classroom is heated to 95-100 degrees and class is 90 minutes. Yup, that’s 90 minutes in 95+ degree heat. Thankfully, it’s not all that humid.
In order to make it through class the mind cannot wander or even think about how hot it is. As soon as I started to think about it I thought I was going to pass out. I had to focus my mind on keeping balanced, breathing, and what I was doing. If I hadnt there is no way I could have made it through class.
I did my best to do all the poses. There was only one I couldnt do and it’s the one that’s supposed to help open your heart chakra, where emotions are held. This is no big surprise and in time the pose will come. I feel pretty good today. The biggest difference is that my hips feel more aligned and open. Hopefully that makes sense. I learned a couple of things too: that I am stronger physically than I give myself credit for, my body has sweat glands in places I didnt know had sweat glands, and if properly hydrated the body can certainly sweat a whole hell of a lot without passing out.
It’s definitely not something I could do every day but once a week is certainly do-able. Next Thursday should be easier.