What exactly is Bikram Yoga? I explain it all in this quick vid.
I winced as the soft-spoken Granola grabbed my credit card like a handful of Jacks - her to-go carton of Whole Foods vegetarian chili waiting impatiently by her computer mouse - and she says, "It's 95 the first month, but goes down to 76 each month after that, for a minimum of two months.
And just like that, I'm hooked again.
Besides doing Bikram Yoga for a feature report over the summer, I haven't practiced regularly since April of this year. But all this talk in my last few posts about how I'd never been thinner (I was 15 pounds lighter) or more clear-headed made give it another go.
|My Bikram ritual is back on: High bun, and after-class coconut water (for max rehydration).|
I am in easily the worst shape I've been in all year. Luckily, decent eating habits saved me from total obesity, but I am still softer than I'd like. So forgive my vanity when today, I break down and go crawling back to my former addiction, lured in by its sure-to-slim fitness system and powerful detox properties.
Speaking of detox, I almost threw up multiple times because, I feel, there was so much gunk in my glands. Wine at all the wedding festivities; medication from the Thailand bug bites; and stress-induced free-radicals had taken over the command center; blocking fresh blood from oxygenating and spreading nutrients throughout my body. That's my feeling, anyway. So, during the squeeze-your-thyroid stretches, where the sweat poured down my neck and over my upside-down head like a floodgate, the release of toxins was so intense that I had to "take a knee" several times throughout the 90 minutes.
At least I learned a lesson in my recent, near-sedentary state: Hulk doesn't have to Hulk It Out, all the time. I can rest when I need to rest, because I know that will keep me going for a greater time in the long run.
I stared at my glistening, bikini-clad body in the wall of mirrors, under the prison-esque fluorescent light. Surrounded by hard bodies, I expected to look at my less-than-carved abs and see failure. But instead, I smiled at my body, and gave myself a nod that I put on these tiny clothes and showed up, ready to put in the work that, with baby steps, will get results.
I breathed through the parts of practice where the thought, "I quit" needled my brain. But I never considered that an option. I was too invested after forking over that large sum of money, plus pushing through the "I should just nap instead of starting my workout today" phase.
I still believe yoga should be accessible to everyone, and honestly, I think Bikram could stand to do more donation-based classes. But for now, a proven way to get back in (mental and physical) shape FAST is the one reason I'm putting my money where my mat is.