Things I love about Bikram Yoga
- You do the same 26 postures each time
- It’s over 100 degrees in the room (I never thought I would say I love that)
- Physically challenging
- Mentally challenging
- It pushes me outside of my comfort zone
- Teaches me patience with myself
- 90 mins, all to myself, to focus on myself
- Causes me to drink more water
- Helps me sleep better
- Builds endurance
Back in January my best friend really wanted to take time to do something with me, out of her house, and away from her baby. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love her daughter, I mean she is my God-daughter, so I have a spiritual responsibility for her. But it’s really nice when we can every once in a while spend time together where we’re not distracted by baby cuteness. Rachel really wanted me to try hot yoga. After she finally talked me into we set a date.
Going to gyms/work out classes has never really been my thing. It makes me really nervous and really anxious. I don’t like people watching me workout. I often would feel inadequate. However, I also know it is good to do things outside of our comfort zone. And that’s exactly what this class did for me.
Since that first terrifying day in January I have gone at least twice a week. After about a month of going, I still wasn’t able to do what I really wanted to be able to do. I was really struggling with balancing postures. I still can’t tug my toes behind my calf in eagle pose. Basically it’s still really hard, and I’m far from perfection.
A part of me wanted to beat myself up. I kept thinking “I’m not good enough. I’ll never be good enough. I’ll never be able to do these poses. I should just stop now.”
I’ve had to teach myself to push past those lies – learning to speak truths to myself.
I am strong. I am capable. It’s a practice. Showing up is what matters.
I’ve really had to learn patience with myself. I’ve found that when I am getting frustrated with myself in class, I will fall more and I will struggle more. But when I can take a deep breath, clear my mind and focus on one step at a time, I grow. I become stronger with each class.
Yoga class has become one of my favorite parts of my weekly routine.
See below for more information on the different types of yoga