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15 Feb

For those who practice Bikram Yoga – excellent article!

Compass & Quill

When I first started doing Bikram yoga a couple of years ago, I was amazed at how much I could sweat. I remember the first time I noticed that my shins were sweating, and being simultaneously scared and amused. Before that moment, I thought sweat was pretty much confined to armpits, backs, and foreheads. What a surprise for me to see it coming from everywhere, soaking through my clothes and towel. Walking home from class, sweat dripping with every step, I don’t think I had ever appreciated the lovely Chicago late summer breeze so much.

As time went by, I got used to sweating, and grew to love it. I went to a pretty strict studio, and wasn’t allowed to wipe or scratch if sweat was tickling me somewhere. Part of practice is the stillness, and true stillness means learning to breathe through small discomforts, just let them go. I…

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Small Changes Make a Difference.

6 Nov

Today’s yoga class had fewer people than usual and I ended up enjoying my class much more in this smaller setting.   I am new to yoga and sometimes I feel that I miss the finer details in a bigger group class. So today the teacher gave me a lot of individual adjustments and corrections.   As a result I was able to go beyond my level of comfort and felt such a difference after the class.

I already feel some muscles I didn’t know I had!  I am definitely considering to have a private or a semi-private class in the future.

I Like My Yoga Hot!

26 Oct

Several weeks ago my friend invited me to join her for a hot yoga class.  Since all my friends are always raving about how much they love it I decided to give it a try.

I was told that I shouldn’t eat 2-3 hours before the class and come properly hydrated.  I think I drank about 2 liters of water in less than 2 hours!

I was actually very excited when we arrived at the studio! The class had started and I thought at first that the heat wasn’t that bad.  15 minutes into the class I felt that the heat was intolerable; I wanted to crawl out of my skin. I was drenched in sweat and super irritated.  I was also getting very dizzy and nauseous.  I became so nauseous that at some point I had to leave the studio and I got sick in the bathroom.  I was advised by another instructor that I’ll benefit more if I get back and try to finish my class.  I don’t even know how I managed to get through to the end.  I felt I could hardly execute anything.  And then I got sick again when our class ended.

“This is my first and my last class” – I said to my friend.  At that point I felt I’d never want to do it ever again.

I went straight to bed when I got home.  For the next 5 hours or so I was shivering uncontrollably and fighting a horrible migraine. “And people pay money for this?” – I thought to myself.  I thought this is how it feels right before you die.

I am fairly fit but the following day my body was sore. It was that “good sore” feeling when you get after a really good session at the gym.  And here I thought that I hardly moved yesterday.  So if I were to go through the poses all out I’d probably be getting some serious workout.  My skin was “glowing”.  Hmmm…. I decided to return; I am not a quitter!

Apparently, it’s not unusual to feel light-headed and nauseous during the first few classes.  As a result of the yoga practice the body starts to cleanse itself by getting rid of the toxins that were stored in the system.  That’s what was causing my condition and here I thought I was in good health.

My second class was so much more enjoyable!  I made a decision to incorporate hot yoga into my exercise regime.  I only manage to go twice a week but I can already feel that my joint mobility and range of movement had increased.

Once I got past my initial horrible experience I grew to like hot yoga more.  I still find some of the poses quite challenging but each class is a little different.  All instructors are fun and motivating. The heat doesn’t bother me as much.  I absolutely love how I feel afterward!

I will be writing about my progress more in the later posts.

Does anyone know how many calories are burned during one hot yoga session?

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