Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bikram Yoga – As if I needed to sweat more

I’ve said before that I would try anything once. ANYTHING.** Jeff over at Running through Phoenix decided to take me at my word and suggest we go do a Bikram yoga session. If you aren’t familiar with Bikram yoga, let me walk you through it:
  • 90 minutes long
  • 105+ F degree room
  • 40+% humidity
  • Minimal clothing because of the previous two bullets
  • Adam sweating his balls off a lot
  • Lots of cool yoga poses that push down on your colon
  • Lots of people watching due to the minimal clothing mentioned above

How could I not say yes to that!? I do live in Phoenix after-all. So, we decided on Tuesday as being the day of yoga.

As I was getting ready to go, I received a few “tips” from my ever supporting wife. Most of them were along the lines of: “Stay in the back, because you’re going to look dumb”….”Don’t go near any mirrors”…”I wonder if your life insurance covers death by Bikram?”. While she was spewing nonsense, I was practicing what I assumed were yoga poses (with stupid flash-induced red eyes):

The hopping bunny:


Walk like an Egyptian:


Christ the Redeemer looking over Rio de Janeiro my couch


I’m too hot to do any more yoga:


Here we all were before the start oblivious to what we were in for:


I had told Jeff and RunningLaur about my “practicing” before, so they decided that they should get in on the action too. Doesn’t Jeff look constipated? Maybe he ate a lot of cheese before.

The yoga itself was really really fun! Yeah, it was hot, and yeah I had to look for guidance on the poses, but I honestly felt really loose and refreshed after we finished. The instructor was pretty good about telling us when we were doing it wrong and no one seemed to have all of the poses down 100% without falling which was really nice. I've never been to a "real" yoga session before, but I assume that the Bikram hot yoga sessions help the muscles get warm and loose. Believe me, I need all of the help I can get.

I honestly feel like this could help with my running. I'm pretty good about stretching, but I could feel that I was working muscles that don't get worked a lot (a lot of my side muscles) and stretching areas that I didn't even know that I had.


One thing that I didn’t like so much is how quiet/serene it was. If I had my way we would have been cracking jokes the entire time. HOWEVER – Jeff did get one really good zinger in there. I was sort of slipping around on the carpet when we were off of our mats at one point and the yoga instructor said:
Don’t worry, the wetter these floors get the stickier they become”. Jeff didn’t disappoint and followed it immediately with a “That’s what she said!!” under his breath. Makes me laugh just thinking about it.


Finally, since I sweat more than a whore on dollar night, I decided to gross RunningLaur out and take a picture of me wringing out my towel that was on my mat. If you don’t have a slight dry hurl when you see these pics, you don’t have a soul.

Going…….

Laughing at how gross it was…..

Gone!!! (look at the puddle on the ground)

Has anyone else ever tried Bikram Yoga before? What did you think?? Should I go back or should I just stick to normal yoga?

This morning, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to stay on plan and complete my 6 miles at basically marathon (7:40ish) pace. Big mistake. HUGE mistake. I was able to hold the first 3, but then I totally bonked because of the combination of still being dehydrated and the 93 degree temperatures. This is just about as good of a combination as Lindsay Lohan at a Tequila “tasting” event. Only bad things can happen. But, I got all 6 miles in, averaging 8:00 pace. At the end of the day, not all that bad.


**Except for that…..pervert

26 comments:

RunningLaur said...

Most sweat on a towel ever. I like how it left dry spots where your feet were the first time - meaning your sandals are now super gross.

Jamoosh said...

Yoga and Step Aerobics - conspiracies to make guys look like dorks - not that I need any help.

Runners Fuel said...

Wow! I've never been brave enough to try Bikram yoga. I practice "normal" yoga every Monday. That wasa lot of sweat.

Andrew Opala said...

frightening

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

yeah, thats super gross. i cant hang with that kind of heat....you go on with your bad self!!!

Cynthia O'H said...

I use to teach aerobics and had many, many days of wringing out clothes, towels and even shoes! Yuck!

I think I'd like to try Bikram but timing is my issue. Once the boys are older, I may look into it. Hot steamy rooms would be great on cold, frosty nights:)

Chad said...

Less picture of you shirtless, and more pictures of Laur, please.

Luke said...

I may be wrong, but aren't you guys already in AZ? Isn't it hot enough?

destinationathlete said...

Hahahaha, I'm a total sweathog too so I totally get it.

I would LOVE to try Bikram out once...now just to find a place that has it!

TRI-james said...

Love your shirt - I got one too!

kilax said...

Love the wringing the sweat pic, ha ha.

I have not tried Bikram yet! It sounds like something I would need to build up to but would really like. Are you going back?

Rad Runner said...

haaah aaaaaaaaaahahahahha
"Christ the Redeemer looking over Rio de Janeiro my couch" aaaaaaahhhhhahahahah

ok, phew...
Now.. really? I mean REALLY? all that, on that one towel? I need to try it. Decision made...

Chelsea said...

We did Vinyasa Flow something or other last week. Room is only heated to 95. I weighed myself before & after, and yep, lost two pounds during the class.

I did really like it though - I feel so much pounding on my body when I run that it felt good to be all bendy.

Jill said...

Wow, you sweat a lot! I'm sure I would in that type of heat, too...but I have not tried it; I have problems with regular yoga. Love the poses!

Her Name is Rio said...

I'm impressed! It's even more dehydrating and hot than I previously thought. Kudo to you!

Chris K said...

I love Bikram - done it over 10 times. If anyone has not experienced it, seriously, try it! It is a trip. At the very least it will be a very unique experience. Overall, I'm not even sure if yoga is good or bad for runners. I've heard both sides.

Leah B. said...

That's crazy and gross! Looks like you had tons of fun though. Love the pics!

Julie said...

Woo hoo for getting a Yoga session in! I have to hand it to you...I have tried Yoga once. I said, "Once!" See how well it went for me, ha ha! I never went back for more because it totally kicked my ass:) Maybe I have to try it again and see if I can handle it. I love the pictures...they always make me laugh:)

Pam said...

That is probably the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

JD said...

Man, I thought I had seen sweat before. I work at a drug rehab where we have 24 guys working out 4 times a week and still don't think I've seen that much sweat come off of one person!

Running Through Phoenix said...

disgusting!! Glad that we're friends and future stroller moms.

Jeri said...

I'd be in the same boat. I'm a sweatin' fool!

Marsha Marsha Marsha said...

As a cyclist it has improved my fit and climbing ability (and overall performance). I completed a 60 day challenge (documented on http://www.princesshungry.com via a compilation of 60 facebook update statuses) at the beginning of this year and am currently plowing through a 30 day challenge to prep me for the upcoming school year (I teach middle school). Definitely try to incorporate it into your training! And coconut water is a blessing!

sRod said...

Ew. Reminds me of last weekend when I was coming back from my run on the subway. When I got up at my stop there was a puddle of sweat in my seat. Double ew.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I LOVED this post. Can't believe I never commented. Think I was having blogger issues when I read it. Thanks for the insight. I'm scared to try this.

RunningLaur said...

FYI - I was just trying to find the photo of the sweat towel online, and I appreciate that this is at the very top of your favorite posts page. Exactly where it should be.