Bikram Yoga

Bikram Choudhury at a book signing in New York...

Bikram Choudhry "Boss"

I have tried a few types of yoga in the past and although I enjoyed them in the moment; none of the classes have inspired me enough to get me to come back until now.  It’s old news to most people in the Yoga scene but for my body, it’s a new journey.  I’m on my second week of taking Bikram yoga which is also known as “hot yoga.”  I fell in love with this yoga class after taking my first one. Two weeks ago was when I took my first class and now it seems like a lifetime ago. As I reflect on the first day: I recall the room being a bit intimidating; I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard about the heat and there was the uncertainty of how my body would respond to this new experience. I told myself to crawl first before I try to walk. The most important thing was to stay in the room.  I thought it was a good sign that the “Boss”; as he is referred to so lovingly by the other teachers; Bikram Choudhury taught my very first class. I am told by a few friends who used to take Bikram yoga, that they had never experienced a class with him. Now I really know it was good karma for me. What a sense of humor this man has! I am inspired by his energy and tickled by what might come out of his mouth next. There is no edit button. LOL!! Bikram’s humor makes it easier to hold a pose and not think too much about what my body is doing.  Most importantly, I try not think about what I “can’t” do and more of what I “can” do. In a previous life I had been a dancer which made some of the poses recognizable for me; at least in some ways.  In spite of my dance experience; this is this the most difficult exercise I have ever experienced. With my mind remaining positive, I quickly realized that I went beyond what I thought were my limitations.  A great discovery in the first week was that my entire body was truly energized afterward. In the 90 minutes it takes to do just 26 poses: it felt as if I had basically worked myself to death. The question of  “will I make it?” came up with 15 minutes left to go. Those thoughts disappeared each time I went back. Today, the time really flew by for me.  Bikram taught again and was hysterical as usual.  I realize that there are 86 poses to learn which might take the rest of my life.  I am still finding my way through 26 poses. Hey, I have something to look forward to. In the meantime, there are 26 poses that I have to perfect and that’s enough to give me the determination to take class as much as my schedule will permit. Yoga really puts me in a good mood to face my day.  It’s nice to have something to keep me strong inside and out; especially during a time when one can be affected by the imbalances that are around us. It’s too soon to say where this yoga journey will take me but I already like how my body and my mind are responding to it.  Chissa` but for now….Namaste…

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