Hey there! Long time no talk- I’ve been here but guess blogging is just not taking up a huge priority in my life right now, although I certainly have the time (What’s up with that?!).
Anyways last week I sort of had a bad time off and on, mostly because I was in a bad state due to overtraining. I guess the months of too many classes and a constant sore knee (they feel like they’re bruised- especially my left one, so stiff and sore wah) have finally worn me down and I was resenting exercise, feeling crap and hurting from head to toe. It wasn’t fun so I took off a 6am Step this week and got a friend to fill it, that way I get more sleep (which my body needs) and one less class. I know it’s only one but one is better than nothing.
Anyways yesterday was supposed to be a completely active free day but a friend ended up inviting me to yoga (bikram yoga!)- I thought this would be perfect to stretch out my achy body with a little bit of light recovery. Especially since I can’t make any BodyBalance classes anymore (thanks to more classes) it was also a good time to tune out and relax [for once]. We went to a Studio nearby called Bikram Yoga Brisbane Southside. They have a deal at the moment that for $20 you get 7 days unlimited classes (and I plan on getting my moneys worth!).
Our instructor for the day was very pleasant and actually number 1 Yogini (totally a word right?) in Brisbane which was very impressive! (and 33rd in the world or something!). The room was 40 degrees and my god it was hot. At times I sorta felt funny in the head but made it through the entire 90 minutes. They advise those feeling light headed to kneel or lie down when they do.
The 90 minutes actually went surprisingly fast- we went through many poses and 2 breathing exercises a total of 2 times each (he referred to it as a set). The poses varied in difficulty, some were difficult as is and some were only difficult for me due to my knees. In particular this move killed my sore knees and I altered it during the second set (but apparently continuing the [future] classes offers great healing benefits).
Some people were really amazing at it, and the lady in front of us was sweating hardcore- I’m betting she drank a whole heap of water beforehand. My friend and I are notoriously known for being loud together and having over the top giggle and laughing sessions, so at times we had to hold in our laughs of discomfort or awkwardness as this was a silent class. I only got a subtle ‘there is to be no talking in class’ message once when I commented to myself an explicit as I went into that painful pose above haha.
Anyways, if you ever do bikram yoga bring:
- Thongs (easy to take off)
- Yoga Mat (or the place should be able to hire one out for you, ours were $2 each).
- A full, chilled water bottle.
- Wear minimal clothing.
I actually really enjoyed the class and am contemplating doing another one this afternoon! Anyways I’ll leave you with some information from Bikram Yoga Brisbane Southside on the benefits of doing Bikram Yoga:
- Improves Circulation
- Restores Flexibility
- Stimulates the Immune System
- Reshapes the Body
- Improves Sleep
- Clears the Mind
- Improves the Respiratory System
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Strengthens and Lengthens the Spine
- Raises Energy Level
- Promotes Weight Loss
- Diminishes Stress
- Builds Endurance and Cardiovascular Capacity Calms the Soul
Have you ever done Bikram Yoga before? What was your experience like?