Oh my goodness. Where do I even begin? I tried Bikram Yoga for the first time yesterday and it was an insane experience.
I was mentally trying to prepare myself for what was to come, but nothing can honestly prepare you for your first class.
I’ve been wanting to try Bikram Yoga for quite some time now and I also wanted to start doing something physical that would challenge myself. I’ve been debating on getting into Crossfit, yoga, or back into boxing.
I chose yoga for now, and if I like it enough I will continue doing this. Obviously I can’t pay for all 3 memberships so I need to be smart and pick one activity for now.
I paid $30 for 30 days, which wasn’t bad at all.
If I decide to get a membership there, I would be paying $85 a month for unlimited classes since I am a student and under the age of 25. That is a REALLY good deal for yoga. Some yoga studios can go up to a few hundred dollars a month for a membership.
When I arrived at the studio, I was very intimidated.
I even asked myself if I should really do this. I’ve heard about Bikram yoga before and how the studio rooms are close to or over a hundred degrees. The lady at the front desk was really helpful and later on I found out she was the teacher of the class as well.
I enter the studio room and it was INSANELY hot. I didn’t even start the workout and I was sweating like crazy. For the first class, this yoga studio also gives you a yoga mat that has a built-in towel in it as well since you sweat so much.
Bikram yoga consists of a total of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. About halfway through the postures, I felt like I was starting to see colors and became light-headed. I was told beforehand that this would be normal and to sit down when I feel like this. I had women in their 50′s completing the entire workout without having to sit down and it made me feel out of shape, but in reality the first class is challenging for everyone.
So will I come back to the Bikram Yoga studio?
Yes indeed. I am going back tomorrow for my second class and I am actually really excited. Bikram yoga increases flexibility, helps you lose weight, lowers your risk for diabetes and other obesity related diseases. It also helps relieve stress and has made me have a clearer mind.
I can’t wait to see what my results are like physically and mentally in a month from now. I’m going to shoot for about 4-5 classes a week. I can’t wait to become more flexible and stronger overall. I want to become stronger mentally as well since I feel like I lack in that area.
Have you guys ever tried Bikram Yoga? What was your experience like?
Would you do it again?
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