Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga, also known as Hot Yoga, is a style of yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury and a Los Angeles, California based company[1]. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (40.5°C) with a humidity of 40%. Classes are guided by specific dialogue including 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Classes last approximately 90-minutes.

Christine has been trying to get me to go to this for quite a while now. Finally gave in last night and went. I was expecting it to be some airy-fairy, touchy-feely, artsy-fartsy thing. It was sort of . . . walked into this lighty dimmed room, filled with people laying on yoga mats on the floor in stifling heat (it was F'ing hot!), listening to some east Asian chanting and music. However, as soon as the instructor started it off, I was impressed.

I was flexing, stretching and straining muscles that I didn't know I had, all-the-while trying to keep the body balanced and breathing properly - a complete body workout. I lost buckets of water as I sweat the entire time - I was surprised by how much fluid I lost.

It is quite the workout and something that I am going to add to my training this winter - Monday night's are bikram nights.


Golonghardman said...

How about that half Lotus?!

Golonghardman said...

I should clarify..
Half Lotus-
- lie on your stomach
- arms are stretched under you reaching for the toes
- press your lips to the floor
- squeezing legs together, toes pointed
- raise your legs and hold for 10 seconds

the original big ring said...

it was ALL hard!

Anonymous said...

Love Bikram! Colin & I should hook-up with you and Chris next time you go.