I’ve always loved yoga. I used to do tapes (yes, tapes as in pre-DVD!) when the kiddos were younger and I was a stay at home mommy. We also had a fantastic little yoga studio in town and for a while the kids and I all took classes there. At a previous job we had a private yoga instructor come once a week for an hour and that was fantastic. That ended over 3 years ago though and my mat has been collecting dust.
I’ve wanted to try Bikram Yoga (check out the website here) for a couple years now (let’s not rush into these things!) Last night was THE night. 105* and 30% humidity in the room (even for someone like me who’s always cold, I knew that would be dang hot). Required for each student to bring: Yoga mat, towel, water and as little clothing as possible. Check! The class is 90 minutes which I thought would be far too long but it flew by.
I’ve wanted to get back to my Yoga roots to add more stretching to my lifes diet. I love to run and that’s my main gig, however I also crave a little balance. For example, I’m not planning on doing Bikram’s 30 or 60 day challenge to take a class a day. Not even close. I was thinking once a week if I can afford it. I also purchased a kettle bell and have a quick routine with it that I’d like to incorporate a couple times a week for a little brush up on strength training. I’ve looked in to ballet classes once a week (have one I’d like – I’m waiting for it to start) and one of my best friends who is a MMA trainer is moving back to Reno (YAY!) and I already know I’ll take one of her classes per week. There are only so many hours in the week and dollars in my bank account.
At Bikram I purchased “20 days for $20. Part of me wants to utilize this as much as possible however the
sane rational part of me knows I’m a creature of habit and I should use the pass like I normally would over time. So that’s the plan. If possible I’d go once a week so that’s what I’m shooting for.
I learned a few things last night. I like the heat. I’m not as flexible as I once was. Everyone has moments of lost concentration – even those that were really, really good. It felt amazing to stretch my muscles out. I’m glad I took their advice and didn’t eat 3 hours prior. I love water. A frozen washcloth actually feels good. I could get my flexibility back and advance the poses in the not so distant future with one class per week.
It was fun. I like trying new things or in this case, an old friend with a new twist. My run today (post tomorrow) felt great. Nothing was tight. And after all that heat and stretching, I slept like a baby….