(photo credit from http://www.fitnessauthorityonline.com/)
As a volonteer in the Nobel Night Cap party, I received a free 30 day voucher to try unlimited bikram yoga for 30 days. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is basically a yoga class inside a hot sauna, and in my case, it lasted 1.5 hours. (Yes, I know it sounds crazy).
To be well prepared, I took a look at their website, and took note that I needed to bring a yoga mat, 2 towels, a large water bottle. I also did the registration online so that I wouldn’t have to fill the papers in the reception. And like it was written in the guideline, I turned up about 20 minutes before the class start.
As I walked in, I took note of how beautiful the building looked. Everything was super clean, and if I wouldn’t have been told otherwise, I would have thought that I was in some zen buddhist place in the other side of the world. Or maybe a kung fu dongeon (but I wouldn’t know for sure since I’ve never been in one). Anyways, here is a picture from the entrance, I think you’ll get what I mean:
I’m not going to lie, I had many preconceptions before actually taking part in this class… But the only actual way to find out how it really was involved going there and trying it out. So I went in and took the class.
During the 90 minutes of Bikram yoga, we went through 26 poses. Some of them were really though, since they required a lot of flexibility (which I don’t really have) and balance. Also, after about 10 minutes, I started sweating like crazy and created a pond of sweat on the floor. I only had about 1l of water, which really wasn’t enough at all for me, despite standing with just some shorts on.
Anyway, I made it and survived… And for the next couple of hours, I was feeling completely relaxed and focused. It was an amazing experience, and I will definitely go back and have a couple of sessions a week! 😀