Hey guys! After I posted all about Bikram Yoga, I received tons of questions from people about what it’s like to be a beginner in Bikram and if it’s okay if you’ve never done Yoga before. Well, best friend LB was a yoga-hater but just recently decided to try Bikram. I thought she would be the perfect person to have share her experience and hopefully convince some of you guys to try it out. Enjoy!
Bikram: It gets in your blood
Being the curious person that I am, I loved to hear about Clare’s Bikram experiences. Being a yoga hater like I am/was, I never tried it myself. I had taken a yoga class or followed a video several times because of the benefits it gives you, but each time I despised it. I would still probably not be a fan of that type of yoga but Bikram does not fall under that category for me.
After a Groupon became available for an unlimited month of Bikram at a very reasonable price, my curiosity got the best of me. My friend, Anna, and I bought
them but did not use them right away. I kept putting it off because I was busy and was a little scared that I would fail at it. The first week of July brought some changes to my schedule and my life, and I figured it was time to start.
My first class was very tough, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The heat, the dizziness (camel pose, seriously?), the stillness, and getting corrected frequently made me want to leave the room; I did not. After class was over I realized that while I may have not done any of the poses correctly and some of them not at all, I had cleared my mind and focused on the strength I did have for 90 minutes. I could not wait to go back for the sheer idea of distracting myself from the life outside of that miserably hot room.
I returned again and again. I am over the 10-class mark by a few (I have lost count) and every time I am amazed. I am not amazed because I rock all the postures and think I should be a yogi, but I am amazed about how much progress I can make when I put my mind to it. I have come to challenge the heat, control the dizziness, appreciate the stillness and respect the instructor’s corrections. I love that tears are confused for sweat. Most of all, I am in love with the 90 minutes to celebrate my strength with the other people in the room who all have their own story and reason for being there.
Bikram is now in my blood and it did not take very long. Anna and I have been photographed doing some Bikram poses in St. Louis parks. Whether or not there
was alcohol involved in this outing is not important The picture is horrible quality as it is dark out and taken with an iPhone, but I hope you can appreciate how
infectious Bikram is when you see this photo.
My parents bought me a pass to continue doing Bikram after the Groupon is up for my birthday. My parents know what I love and what I need and right now it is BIKRAM.
My advice: try it. Maybe not tomorrow or the next day, but the first moments you start to doubt your strength or endurance, just try it.