Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bikram Yoga - v2

It always amazes me what we do in the name of fitness. Each morning, I get up at 5am to hit the road and run. I literally sacrifice sleep to stay in shape – and I LOVE sleep. Other more extreme examples include those chili pepper colon cleanse diets and who can forget the vibrating rubber band dealie that were ALL the rage in the 50s. Seriously, in its time, this thing was just as credible as foam rolling my calves. I can only assume that both of which are equally excruciating:



The shower caps were a nice touch though



Something tells me that Bikram Yoga is likely somewhere between strapping a rubber band to my belly while the sucker vibrates like a porno movie…….. and a chili pepper colon cleanse. But, it is supposed to be good for me, so I do it. Or, at least I have twice.

For those of you that have never had the privilege, Bikram Yoga is a lot like regular yoga where guys try to get flexible enough to pleasure themselves you bend yourself in all sorts of self centering positions. However, it is done in a 105+ F degree room with 40+% humidity for 90 minutes. Joy. I honestly wish that I was able to say that this was my first experience with Bikram Yoga – at least I could plead ignorance. Unfortunately, about 10 months ago, I went for the first time. It was hot, and I sweat enough to fill a 12 oz cup.



Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm



Never the less, on Monday RunningLaur, RioRuns, and I decided that we’d throw caution to the wind and sweat like a hooker at church. Bikram actually is sort of fun (in a masocistic sort of way) and everyone is half naked which isn’t all that bad (including the hairy dude that RunningLaur put me beside – thanks!). This year’s session was a lot better than the first. I’m not sure if it was better because the instrcutor was a bit less of a yoga form nazi or if it was because the outside temperature was 30 degrees cooler. Either way, I only felt like dying once MAYBE twice – which for Bikram is considered a WIN!



Here we are after we finished. 
 I was running late (which is why I was beside the hairy dude) so I don’t have a before picture



About half way through, I couldn’t help but notice that the towel that I had laid down on my yoga mat wasn’t getting nearly as sweaty as the first time. I was dripping sweat with each movement, but it wasn’t forming slippery pools. That is, until the yoga instructor started giving us breaks by saying “kielbasa” (or something) and letting us rolling around / lie on our mats. Those were the best parts of Bikram.

However, unlike last year, I did NOT sweat enough to wring drops to the ground. The towel was heavy to be sure, but it was like squeezing brains out of Paris Hilton’s head.


Overall, Bikram is fun, but not something that I’d want to do on a regular basis. I could tell that I was using muscles that I don’t normally use like my brain…..ZING! – but it set me back an entire day on my running plan. I was just too tired/sore to run 10 hours after. Honestly, and I think I mentioned this the first time, I REALLY think that it would be a lot more fun if it was more acceptible for me to make wise cracks during the session. I had to bite my touge SO often that I tihnk it got sore. What does everyone else think about Bikram?

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20 comments:

RunningLaur said...

Kielbasa, ha.

Runners Fuel said...

I could never do Bikram. I get waaay too hot waaay too easily!

C2Iowa said...

Demanding? Never. I will try to send you mine- though it is a "boring" looking medal.

SupermomE12 said...

This just looks like torture to me... I try to avoid excessive heat at all costs, so there is no way I would voluntarily do this.

But, you made me laugh out loud with Kielbasa. I am quarter Polish and offering Kielbasa is the only way you'd get a lot of my family members to try yoga of any kind. :)

The Sean said...

Like doing what with a Kielbasa to Paris Hilton's head... I am confused???

Julie (A Case of the Runs) said...

I gotta get out there and try all these amazing yoga classes. I'm still at home-video level.

Suza said...

Look at all of you, all reflective in your cute shorts :)

Laura said...

I did Bikram once. I liked it but it still left me feeling....weird. I drank a lot of h20 during but I seriously swelled up after - my fingers were like sausages.
....and the almost naked guy in front of me was.just.wrong.

LB said...

The instructor must say keilbasa because you are roasting like a bunch of weenies. No way in a million years would I try bikram, I HATE being hot....ick!!!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I would pass out in the first two seconds, I am not woman (or man) enough to do it!

Madison said...

I had the same experience as you the second time I went as well. It gets better the more you go. You still sweat but things get easier when you go more often. I guess this is not your thing but it is so good for your flexibility. I really like Bikram except for the smell and heat in the room. Oh my gawd, "keilbasa", you must have been hungry!

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I love Bikram. Okay, so, the two times I went I got to watch my greek god of a trainer contort into amazing poses while covered in sweat, which is a pants creaming experience on its own.

But, yeah, I like sweating, too. And regular yoga is so BORING. At least with hot yoga I get to spend the whole time thinking "damn it's hot!" instead of "are we done yet?"

XLMIC said...

I did Bikram yoga for about a year and then for another 9 months while I was pregnant. I LOVED it. So true about how fun it would be to make wisecracks in there! I have seen some pretty hilarious stuff in yoga class! Kielbasa... too funny!!!!

Keelie Sheridan said...

I really enjoyed Bikram the few times I've gone... I didn't know to bring a towel the first time, and someone dug one out of their locker to let me borrow. Worst. Idea. Ever. It smelled like butt sweat and shame. But the feeling afterwards was pretty superb.

Char said...

I don't know if I'm brave enough to try Bikram. I hate the heat at the best of times and the thought of voluntarily torturing myself with it is just too much for my little brain.

laurenruns.com said...

I like your review of Bikram yoga! Definitely not my interpretation... it's my favorite form of yoga!

Her Name Is Rio said...

I kept wanting to make comments the whole session- it was way too quiet in that room with all that exertion going on. Hopefully my face wasn't too crazy with expression. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Still have yet to do Bikram, but enjoy your reviews.
Jessie Pants

Chris K said...

I love it. Done it about 10 times. I am quite sure that I was the worst person each and every time. I suck at it, but feel it's a good workout mentally and physically.

There are some "copycat" hot yoga places that are less militant and also have a 70 min class vs Bikram's 90 minutes. That works better for me.

EatRantRun said...

I've started practicing Power Yoga, also in a heated room, but only 84, several times a week and compared to Bikram I LOVE it. For one thing, you are allowed to laugh in class. The instructors are helpful and have a sense of humor, which I've yet to see in a Bikram class. last class he told us, now, come out of the pose gracefully (THUMP went somebody) or...awkwardly, either way it's ok. I cracked up.

I find Bikram too hot, too boring and too full of Serious Yoga People, who are clearly NOT my people.