The beautiful thing about doing Bikram yoga is that it’s the same every time. The horrible thing about Bikram is that it’s the same every time. Obviously how you feel varies from day to day, instructors change, but this method of yoga is done in a hot room (95-108 degrees F) at 40% humidity, runs 90 minutes, and consists of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. This asana was designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched.
The first time I practiced Bikram I hated it. I was certain the class was over when I managed to find a clock in the mirror and was shocked that we were only halfway through. It’s HOT guys. And it’s also HIIT; you hold poses with all your muscles flexed repeatedly with frequent rest periods. I’ve never sweat so much in my life! The worst was after doing some poses on our stomachs (locust, etc) I pushed up to sit and a puddle of sweat had collected in the small of my back. Ew.
That said, though my brain is not a huge fan of this kind of yoga my body loves it. I’ve been trying to go as often as I can since most of what I do causes the muscles to tighten, and I don’t want to lose my flexibility. I’ve been pleased with the results; I don’t have any lower back pain, and other issues that come and go like sciatica don’t bother me when I get to Bikram semi-regularly.
Bikram is also amazing for detoxing. Sweating that much accelerates the body’s removal of toxins. It’s obviously super important to hydrate well both before, during, and after a Bikram session. I find that if I don’t have enough water, around 3 PM my head starts to hurt. Another great way to detox is by getting colonics… more on that in a future post if y’all are interested!
If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a shot! And if you’ve tried it and hated it, give it another go. It took me several times to appreciate this yoga practice.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Bring your own water, and lots of it. I usually bring two large water bottles with ice since it melts quickly at the high temps.
Bring your own mat, a towel to stand on (collects some of the sweat) and another towel to wipe off with.
I like to wear long leggings so my feet don’t slip against my sweaty skin during some of the standing poses and a sports bra.
If your head sweats a lot, an absorbent headband is key… keeps the sweat from running into your eyes!
Now for a little on my favorite LEGGINGS!
STIRRUP LEGGINGS– I just ordered these after reading so many great reviews. These were voted top purchase of 2018! I agree. I want them.
THE FLATERER – If you wake up feeling 5 pounds bigger, put these leggings on! You will instantly feel back to normal. Flattering on all sizes. I love these during that certain time of month or if I over indulge before a workout. You know what I mean!
7/8 OMBRE LEGGING – Your BOOTY has never looked better! These leggings are too good to be true! I love the colors!
BLACK CROPPED – Every lady needs a great black cropped legging. So versatile and perfect for a great workout.
THE LIVE IN LEGGING – I wear these 24/7. Throw on coats, sweaters, uggs, over the knee boots, or sneakers. These are so comfy you will wear them anytime and anywhere.
GET THE LOOKER – Make a STATEMENT with this favorite brand of mine. Every time I wear these, people ask where they can find them. Really cute!
BE BOLD – I love this RED legging. Can’t go wrong with this fit and color.
SUPER SLIM HIGH-RISE – Spanx makes the best leggings. They suck you in, in all the right places. I wear these faux leggings all the time!